2 named to sesquicentennial board

Allen (left), Rosen (right)

Two Lowcountry historians have been added to South Carolina's Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Board, lawyer and author Robert Rosen and National Park Service Gullah/Geechee Coordinator Michael Allen.

The Legislature created the advisory board to work with local governments, civic groups and others to ensure that the Sesquicentennial is commemorated in an inclusive, educational way.

Anniversary events are expected to begin on Dec. 17, 2010, with an observance of the initial gathering of South Carolina's Secession Convention in Columbia.

A smallpox epidemic caused the convention to move to Charleston, where delegates voted three days later to secede from the Union.

Rosen and Allen join fellow appointees Ted Gragg of Conway and Andrew Billingsley and Cleveland Huey of Columbia on the board.

The board's Web site is: http://sc150civilwar.palmettohistory.org/; the Lowcountry Sesquicentennial Coordinating Committee's Web site is: www.sccivilwar.org.

Aside from the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861, South Carolina's other significant war action included the Union blockade of Charleston, battles such as Secessionville and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's march through the state.