Numerous events are planned to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which began April 12, 1861, with shots fired from James Island at Union forces in Fort Sumter.


What: "Voices from the Civil War," featuring Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and The Family Band with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Sean Newhouse, guest conductor; CSO Spiritual Ensemble & Mount Zion AME Spiritual Singers

When: 9-10:30 p.m.

Where: White Point Garden at The Battery

Admission: Free

What: A Troubled House: American Leaders and the Issues of 1861, a lecture by Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond, and Emory M. Thomas, Regents Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia. See

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

Admission: Free


What: "When Jesus Wept" sunrise concert, in remembrance of the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Music for Brass Ensemble & Military Drums; a short candlelight concert featuring hymns by Colonial American composers including William Billings and others.

When: 4:30-5 a.m.

Where: White Point Garden

Admission: Free

What: Groups around the Charleston area fire cannons throughout the day to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

When: The commemoration starts with a 10-inch mortar cannon fired at 6:45 a.m. from Fort Johnson.

Where: The following other locations will immediately start firing after the first round for about 45 minutes. Sporadic firing will occur from these locations, and there will be another 45-minute barrage at 7:45 p.m.:

--Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant

--Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant

--Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant

--Breach Inlet on Sullivan's Island

--Station 22 on Sullivan's Island

--Fort Johnson on James Island

--Carolina Yacht Club (between 7 and about 9 p.m.)

What: Inheriting the Wind: American Youth at the Onset of Battle, a lecture by James McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era." See

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Gibbes Museum of Art

Admission: Free

Liberty Square: Special programs offered 1-5 p.m. today through Thursday.