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(Credit: Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer/AP Photo)

(Credit: Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer/AP Photo)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The sound of cannon fire rang out from the Connecticut state Capitol as Union and Confederate reenactors commemorated the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.

Tuesday marks the anniversary of the day the bloody, four-year war opened with Confederate artillery firing on Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12, 1861.

Organizers said the shots fired by Connecticut’s artillery were the only northern response to a commemorative firing held at Fort Sumter earlier Tuesday morning.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the small audience gathered for the ceremony that the war should be celebrated because it created a more perfect union. He then gave the order for the batteries at the edge of the Capitol parking lot to open fire.

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