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June 7, 2011

Civil War fort ceremony to mark 1862 Battle of Secessionville June 18

Amid the roar of cannon fire Saturday, June 18, South Carolinians at Fort Lamar in Charleston will commemorate the Battle of Secessionville, one of the Palmetto State's most important Civil War battles that helped keep the port of Charleston out of Federal hands.

Ceremonies to commemorate the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Secessionville will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18. A work day to prepare the site for the ceremony is planned for June 11. Everyone is welcome.

For more information on state heritage preserves, write Heritage Trust, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, call (803) 609-7057 in Columbia.

Historians consider Fort Lamar and the Battle of Secessionville the second-most-important Civil War battleground in the state after Fort Sumter, where the war began. Heritage Trust, a part of the DNR's Habitat Protection Section, acquired the 13.5-acre Fort Lamar Heritage Preserve in 1996. The fort is south of Charleston on James Island.

The preserve includes ramparts from Fort Lamar, a battery that helped repel Union troops during the Battle of Secessionville on June 16, 1862. A Union force of 3,500 men attacked the fort but was turned back three times by 1,250 Confederate soldiers.

Formed by state law in 1976, Heritage Trust has protected 83,959 acres on 73 state heritage preserves found throughout South Carolina, among them 14 cultural sites including Fort Lamar. The DNR owns and protects many Civil War era features including three Confederate earthworks in Georgetown County, Fort Johnson in Charleston County, Fort Drayton in St. Helena Sound and the Stoney Creek Battery in Beaufort County.

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