The Road to Secession This Weekend

I hope to see you all out this weekend for a great event at Bennett Place State Park. They will be sponsoring one of their signature events called, The Road to Secession, kicking off their observance of the Sesquicentennial of the War for Southern Independence.

I will be speaking on Saturday at 3:30 and Sunday at 1:00 on the part played by Daniel and Pressley Boyd and their unit, the 7th South Carolina Infantry during the first year of the war.

For a taste of this, check out my Sesquicentennial series on the Boyds.

This description comes from their site:

October 8-9 Bennett Place Historic Site. Road To Secession.

This is a signature event of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War commemorative series. In July 1861 the first major battle of the American Civil War was fought in Manassas , Virginia. The new Confederacy won the battle, and new recruits from the local communities began to swell the ranks South and North. Experience what life was like for the people of Piedmont North Carolina during the beginning months of the American Civil War. A recruitment station and encampment will be established on the grounds of the Bennett Farm, much like camps organized throughout North Carolina and the South, recruiting men to defend the Southern cause. Nineteenth century civilian interpreters will enlist in the army and be transformed into soldiers. Stump speeches, patriotic music, and other relative activities will demonstrate the spirit of the Southern cause. Civilian interpreters will also exhibit the domestic chores such as cooking, sewing and gardening as their husbands and sons headed off to war. Program is Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. Admission is FREE and donations graciously accepted. For More Information Contact: 919-383-4345 or

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