Southern coastal forts topic of Civil War talk

SULLIVANS ISLAND, SC (AP) - Civil War-era coastal fortifications and what happened to them prior to the fighting are the focus of a discussion on Sullivans Island.

U.S. Park Service Ranger Gary Alexander on Saturday discusses what happened in the federal forts in the South as Southern states seceded from the Union before the war.

The talk is being held at Fort Moultrie.

Confederates in Moultrie were among those who fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in April 1861 to open the war.

The talk is part of a series of events leading to South Carolina's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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