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 first state to break away from the union and setting the stage for the Civil War.

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