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#07-164 June 11, 2007

Civil War fort ceremony to mark 1862 Battle of Secessionville June 16

Amid the roar of cannon fire Saturday, June 16, 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 Union hands.

Ceremonies to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Secessionville will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16. 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 WarReenactors battleground in the state after Fort Sumter, where the war began. Heritage Trust, a part of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 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, the Heritage Trust Program has protected 81,930 acres on 70 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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