Today is the 150 anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter. On April 11, 1861 Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard offered his ultimate to Major Robert Anderson the commander in Fort Sumter that they must surrender and evacute. Anderson refused, so in accordance with Beauregards terms the shelling of the fort began on April 12 at 4:00 AM. The bombardment lasted for 34 hours and destroyed the fort. The only casualty reported from the battle was Daniel Hough. He died while loading a cannon that was to fire in the final salute to the fort on April 14, 1861.