No need to set the alarm for Tuesday morning, the wake up call is going to come from a lot of commemorative racket, some bits sounding sweeter than others.

As the cannons fired on Fort Sumter in the early morning on April 12, 1861, Charleston residents came out to watch the historic moment that birthed the Civil War. An even larger crowd is expected to witness dawn on the 150th anniversary.

At 4:30 in the morning, the City of Charleston will be hosting “When Jesus Wept” a candlelight concert at the hour of the first shots on Fort Sumter. The event will be at White Point Garden near the Battery and will include a brass ensemble, military drums, and a chorus. It’s sweet sounds to wake up to.

But things will be getting a little louder later in the morning. At 6:45, The Town of James Island will be hosting a mortar cannon firing from Fort Johnson. Immediately following the first shot, there will be a 45 minute barrage in the harbor, with cannons firing from Patriot’s Point, Mt. Pleasant’s Pitt Street Bridge and Alhambra Hall, and the Breach Inlet and Station 22 on Sullivan’s Island. At 7:45 p.m., there will be another 45-minute barrage.


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