NEW YORK (MainStreet) — April 12 marked the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the American Civil War, and with it the official beginning of the sesquicentennial commemorations happening throughout the U.S.
You don’t have to be traveling to an actual battle site in the next four years to be treated to a history lesson in the war that divided a nation then – and still does to this day – according to historians.
David Martin, a New Jersey high school instructor and an author of books on the Civil War, says that lessons taught because of that war still resonate today because the lessons, as our country, are everlasting.
“One of the most important things that came out of the war was that it showed that we are forever one united country,” says Martin. “It forever resolved the question if one state or a part of the country has the right to leave.”
Many celebrations at the major Civil War sites have already kicked off this spring, so here’s a list of five events that could be a part of your vacation plans in 2011 and five inns and bed and breakfasts also hosting Civil War events:
1. Fort Sumter and Charleston, S.C.
The first official shot of the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter and the city has never forgotten the impact it had. Photographic retrospectives and art exhibits at galleries and museums in Fort Sumter will be on display through July with “Clothing and Textiles of the Civil War,” a permanent exhibit that is on display at the Charleston Museum. The state museum in South Carolina will also be adding to its permanent exhibits through 2015.