Posts belonging to Category 'Sesquicentennial'

Kentucky readies plans for 150th anniversary of Civil War

Kentucky plans to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with dozens of programs and projects across the state to help recall the bloody, four-year fight.
New Kentucky road maps in February will use the symbol of cannons to designate Civil War sites in the state.

NAACP protests tonight’s ‘Secession Ball’ in South Carolina

The NAACP in Colombia, S.C., is protesting tonight’s “Secession Ball” that will mark the beginning of a series of historical events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
The Secession Ball, organized by the Confederate Heritage Trust and sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, has been criticized as a celebration of [...]

Charleston’s ’secession ball’ a contentious start to Civil War’s 150th anniversary

In Charleston, S.C. tonight, revelers garbed in “modern black tie, period formal or pre-war militia” will pay $100 per person to sip mint juleps, nibble shrimp and grits, and dance the Virginia Reel as a band plays Dixie. The occasion: the 150th anniversary of the day South Carolina signed the Ordinance of Secession, becoming the [...]

Editorial: Civil War observance on a shoestring budget

The Civil War might not be so tough. The real battle in Tennessee is finding the money for a proper remembrance of the 150th anniversary of that tragic conflict.
It is to the credit of this state’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission that it has done as much as it has with a very tight budget, a [...]

South Carolina becomes first state to secede

On this day (Dec. 20) in 1860, a “Convention of the People of South Carolina” voted unanimously (169-0) to secede from “the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of ‘The United States of America.’”
Thus South Carolina became the first of the 11 southern states to sever ties with the [...]

Chuck Hobbs: Start of the Confederacy is nothing to celebrate

Today marks the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s bold secession from the Union. Several weeks later, on Jan. 10, 1861, Florida followed suit and became an independent entity for several weeks until early February, when it joined South Carolina and five other states to form the Confederate States of America.
By April of 1861, a total [...]

S.C. secedes: ‘The Union is Dissolved’

On Dec. 11, 1860, Major Robert Anderson, the commander at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, received oral instructions to hold possession of the forts in Charleston Harbor, and if attacked, to defend himself ‘to the last extremity.’
On Dec. 17, 1860, the secession convention met in Columbia. Preliminary sessions were held in the First Baptist Church. [...]

The Civil War: 150 years later

On a foggy day near Christmas 1860, a delegation of South’s Carolina wealthiest, most powerful citizens – planters, judges, legislators and clergy, all white men – assembled at Columbia’s stately red brick-columned First Baptist Church to contemplate smashing the Palmetto State’s bond with the United States of America.
Within hours, the assembly adopted a resolution that [...]

The Civil War Is Still Being Fought, Civilly

The war of words over the Civil War continues to this day. The Sons of Confederate Veterans are being criticized for controversial TV ads in Georgia and a “secession gala” in South Carolina to mark its break from the Union on Dec. 20, 1861. In advance of the sesquicentennial, host Liane Hansen talks to renowned [...]

Sesquicentennial of Civil War should be commemorated

THE ISSUE: 150th anniversary of Civil War; OUR OPINION: Observances are not to be about celebration
The question was this: “How does visiting here make you feel?”
It came from a native Northerner, a newspaper editor accompanying a group of journalists from around the country to the Civil War battleground of Gettsyburg, scene of one of the [...]