Sesquicentennial Exhibit

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History will develop and display an exhibit about the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The exhibit Confrontation to Conflict: South Carolina's Path to the Civil War will highlight documents from the agency’s collection that illustrate South Carolina’s path from the confrontation of the Nullification crisis to the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The exhibit will be on display from December 17, 2010 – December 2011. SC Humanities supported this project through an October 2010 Mini Grant.

Documents featured in the exhibit will include: Nullification Ordinance, November 24, 1932; President Andrew Jackson’s Proclamation certified by the US Secretary of State, December 10, 1932; Ordinance on the Right to Secede, March 18, 1952; Ordinance of Secession from the Convention, December 20, 1860; Ordinance Ratifying the Provisional Constitution of the Confederate States/Ordinance Transferring Forts to Confederate Government, April 8, 1861; List of Small Arms Captured in the late US Arsenal, August 1, 1861; and more. The Nullification Ordinance will be traveling around the state several times during the year, including on December 19-21, 2010.

The purpose of the Confrontation to Conflict: South Carolina's Path to the Civil War at the SC Department of Archives and History is to educate the public on the subject of the intricacies that led to Nullification and Secession in South Carolina, and interpretive materials will accompany the documents, images, and other materials on display.

The exhibit will be available for the public to view during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday – Saturday at the SC Department of Archives and History building located at 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29233. For questions about the exhibit or to schedule a group tour, please contact: Mary Katherine Marshall at

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Image: The cover of the sheet music for the Palmetto State Song, composed in 1860, contains the only known image of the signing of the ordinance of secession. From the South Caroliniana Library, The University of South Carolina, Columbia