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    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Impending War Lecture Series March 2011

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Date: March 10, 2011
Contact: Nate Johnson, (843) 883-3123

 As the National Park Service prepares for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the staff and volunteers of Fort Sumter National Monument are presenting monthly talks at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center on Sullivan’s Island. Entitled Impending War, this program series takes a deeper look at the antebellum history of the United States. Each talk gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about significant historical figures, their views of the issues, and the dramatic events that led to the first shots of the Civil War.

On Saturday, March 19, Mary Hatcher and Jean Hutchinson will present the eleventh lecture in this series, From Secession to Sumter: A Southern Woman’s Perspective. Mary Boykin Chesnut was one of many women from South Carolina who voiced their opinions about states’ rights, the election of Abraham Lincoln, and the issue of secession. This presentation will examine the political views of these most ardent secessionists on the eve of civil war. Program begins at 2:00 p.m.

Fort Moultrie is a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument and is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. The fort and visitor center are open daily from 9:00-5:00 except for New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. For more information, call (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC