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.
April 2015 Lowcountry Sesquicentennial Events
National Park Service
"Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox"
Thursday, April 9, 3 pm
Join a national remembrance of April 9, 1865 when Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the surrender terms of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
National Park Service & Fort Sumter Tours
Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 10, 11 & 12
Special evening boats are scheduled to Fort Sumter. For reservations, contact Fort Sumter Tours at 843-722-2628 or click here. On April 11 & 12, reenactors will provide living history at both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. On Saturday, April 11 at 2 pm, the 8th Regiment Band presents a free public concert of patriotic music at Fort Moultrie (1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482).
Call Fort Moultrie at 843-883-3123 for details.
150th Anniversary of US Flag Re-Raising at Fort SumterTuesday, April 14
U.S. flag re-raising for each boat signifying the re-unification of the country. Reenactors at Fort Sumter.
Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Free public lecture at SC Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street. Doors open at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:30 pm. Brian Jordan speaks on “Marching Home: Union & Confederate Veterans & Their Unending Civil War”
Fort Sumter Trust
April 13-19 Dramatic Lighting of Fort Sumter – 2 beams become one.
Fort Sumter Trust Civil War Symposium
“A Just & Lasting Peace Among Ourselves”? Lessons on the 150th Anniversary of the End of the American Civil War
Saturday April 18, 10 am & 1:30 pm
Distinguished historians Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard), Eric Foner (Columbia), Emory Thomas (Georgia), David Blight (Yale), Tom Brown (South Carolina), Blain Roberts (California State) and Ethan Kytle (California State) present free public lectures & engage in discussion to promote a better understanding of the impact of the war and how it continues to shape American society. Sponsored in part by The Humanities CouncilSC , The Citadel, the College of Charleston and the City of Charleston. Join us at the historic Dock Street Theater, 135 Church Street, in downtown Charleston. Morning session begins at 10:00 AM and afternoon session at 1:30 PM. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from, and interact with, this large gathering of internationally known scholars in a treasured and historic landmark setting.
Memorial Service at Hampton Park
Sunday, April 19, 3 pm
The public is invited to an interfaith ecumenical service honoring the Civil War dead. Yale professor David Blight, Citadel Chaplain Joel Harris and Rev Joseph Darby take part in this event sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World program.
Evening Concert at White Point Gardens
Sunday, April 19, 7 pm
The School of the Arts Band directed by Basil Kerr and the Burke High School Band directed by Leonard McLeod, perform Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland in an outdoor, free public concert. Listen to period music while viewing the dramatic lighting of Fort Sumter from the Battery as we culminate the Sesquicentennial of the End of the Civil War where the war began.
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.