REUTERS/The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 15, 2013 3:00 PM
The casements of Fort Sumter, in Charleston, South Carolina, are shown in ruins in this photograph by J.M. Osborne made in April 1861, shortly after it was shelled in the first battle of the Civil War. The photograph is part of an exhibition of Civil War era photographs organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled "Photography and the American Civil War." Hundreds of tourists who because of the shutdown could not visit the popular Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first battle of the Civil War took place 152 years ago, have instead been flocking to see a photo exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art in nearby Charleston, South Carolina.