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Citadel News Service

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January 8, 2002

Citadel professor to discuss bombardment of Fort Sumter

The Daniel Library Friends will resume their programs on Charleston's "Celebrated History and Culture" on Tuesday, January 22 at The Citadel with a discussion of the April 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Citadel history professor Kyle Sinisi, a distinguished Civil War scholar, will lead the program.

The Fort Sumter bombardment by Confederate forces, led by Gen. Beauregard, and the withdrawal of United States forces, led by Maj. Anderson, are defining moments in the romantic mystique of Charleston. Women stood on rooftops as bombs exploded. The Bonnie-Blue flag waved from White Point Garden's Batteries where troops were encamped.

This was a defining moment in history. Some would say the war of the forts made bloody civil war inevitable. Find out what really happened and get up close to the events.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Prioleau Room in The Citadel's Daniel Library. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

For more information about the program or the Daniel Library Friends, call Angie LeClercq, library director, at 953-1267.

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