Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Civil War (1860-1865) was a defining era in American History. Many of the war's significant events took place in the South Carolina Lowcountry, including:

  • South Carolina's secession from the Union on December 20, 1860 which broke the state's bonds with the federal government.
  • April 12-14, 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter, which started the war.
  • 1863 to 1865 federal Siege of Charleston, which included the 54th Massachusetts assault on Battery Wagner.
  • Re-raising of the US flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865 which signified the end of the war in South Carolina.


These and other major events are being studied and commemorated from December 2010 through April 2015 during the observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

The Trust assists in coordinating the Lowcountry Sesquicentennial with respect and honor. We seek knowledge, understanding and unity in observing this unique period of our past and honoring the 700,000 American soldiers, sailors, and mariners who lost their lives during the tragic war.


Click the following links to see C-SPAN coverage of our Sesquicentennial lecture series.

A link to our July 20, 2013 program recorded by C-SPAN for American History TV will be added when available from C-SPAN.

Fort Sumter / April 12, 2011