12 April 1861, 4:30am. P.T.G. Beauregard orders the firing on Fort Sumter. A major historical event, not to mention a major genealogical event. Great numbers of our families were touched, at least in some way, by the Civil War. And 150 years ago that happened. Nothing for anyone in our country would be the same.
I wanted to have something more pithy to say, but the event literally speaks for itself. I just ask everyone to take a few moments to reflect upon the event, and try to consider what it means for them.