SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, visitors to the South Carolina coast where the war began can learn more about what led to the conflict.
The National Park Service on Saturday opens a series of monthly lectures at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island on the themes and events in history that led to the war.
The series begins with a talk on interpreting sensitive Civil War sites and how the Park Service has expanded its interpretation at Civil War sites to include causes and consequences of the war.
Confederate batteries at Fort Moultrie were among those around Charleston Harbor that fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, plunging the nation into war.
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