Local Event Marks Beginning of Sesqui-centennial of the War Between the States

Secession-Hill---FrontSeveral events in the upstate have been held to mark the beginning of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.  Abbeville, SC was the site of many of the secession speeches held throughout the state in 1860.   And November 20, 2010, was the 150th anniversary of these speeches.  Mr. Robert Hayes of Abbeville was in charge of the Olde South Thanksgiving weekend in Abbeville.  The weekend included vendors on the square, a parade , a dedication on Secession Hill, and a Grand Secession Ball in the evening. 

During the first three Friday nights in December each year, the Museum and Library of Confederate History in Greenville, South Carolina, present “Christmas in Dixie.” The event is free and open to the public. The evenings are filled with music, stories for children, food, decorations, costumes, arts, and crafts of the un-reconstructed Southland and weapons of the War for Southern Independence.

TomWeidner5SIMPSONVILLE — The South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution (SCSSAR) celebrated the 235th anniversary of the Battle of the Great Cane Brake, Saturday, at Historic Hopkins Farm near the battle site.

Charlie Porter, a past SCSSAR president, was master of ceremonies and organized the event. SCSSAR President Ted Morton and Redding I. “Rick” Corbett III, vice president general of the SAR’s South Atlantic District, spoke to the assembled guests.

Plans are humming along for the Olde South Christmas Ball to be held here in Greenville at the Greenville Marriott on December 11.

Since our initial announcement, several exciting developments have transpired. First, in commemoration of the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the War Between the States, the Museum and Library of Confederate History will be loaning us its original lithograph of the Ordinance of Secession  for display at the ball. Also, an 1860 New York Times newspaper highlighting the South Carolina secession will accompany the historic Ordinance. Don’t miss viewing these rare artifacts!

“In Recognition of Demonstrated Selfless Service and Dedication to Others”

Sally Wheeler was presented the “Mary Anna Custis Lee Award” by Mosalena Marlar, president of the Varina H. Davis chapter, South Carolina Society, Order of the Confederate Rose and Vice president of the South Carolina Division, Order of the Confederate Rose, “in recognition of demonstrated selfless service and dedication to others.”

In addition to her service within the OCR, Marlar commended Mrs. Wheeler’s selfless service and dedication outside the OCR.

Woodlawn---FrontFlag Retirement Ceremony by Sons of American Revolution Followed

It was a cool sunny Sunday afternoon when guests gathered on the grounds of Woodlawn Funeral Home for a first class Veteran’s Day Ceremony featuring music by John Hoppe and the Swing Shift Combo, the Grumpy Old Jazz Men and Miss Courtney Arnold vocalist.

Following a musical prelude, Joint Color Guards from the Sheriff’s Office, Marine Corps League and SAR presented and posted colors.

The 16th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans of Greenville, South Carolina, welcomed two new members, Ernie Kinard and Vince Hall to their ranks during their October 28 meeting at the Phoenix Inn.

Vince Hall of Aiken, South Carolina, whose Confederate ancestor was Private Montgomery Wayne Hitt who served in Company B, 2nd South Carolina Infantry and whose grandfather Buck Hitt is an officer in the 16th Reg. joined the camp.