April 12, 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, or The War Between the States. On April 12, 1861 at 4:30 A.M. the first shots of the war were fired by Confederate forces on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. And so began a terrible conflict between the North and South that lasted four years. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the onset of the Civil War, many events and exhibits will be held in Connecticut and throughout the United States.

As part of this sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, One Book One Lake, a partnered summer reading program for the communities of Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford and Sherman, has chosen Killer Angels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Battle of Gettysburg. In addition to book discussions, a variety of events have been designed to enhance your reading of The Killer Angels. All events are free and open to the public.