Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour LLXXVIII

One hundred and fifty years ago, today, it began.

The Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, ignited the American Civil War.  Four-plus years later, 620,000 Americans would be dead (10% of all Northern males aged 20 to 45 and 30% of Southern white males aged 18 to 40)* -- the deadliest war in American history.

We continue to experience the fallout to this day.

[* See footnote no. 4 in this Wikipedia article.]

[Photo Source:  National Park Service.]