Monday, January 21, 2013

The Tree Where the Confederacy Took Root

From the January 20, 2013, Chucago Tribune by Mike Conklin.

Well, it's in Bluffton S.C..  I've been there on several occasions, but never knew about it.

Some people say the fiery rhetoric that led to the war "started almost twenty years earlier under the limbs of a giant oak tree that today stands unmarked and most unnoticed."

The Secession tree is to be found in this Low Country (if you ever go there you have to try a Low Country Boil) town.  Here, "on July 31, 1844, a crowd heard U.S. Representative Robert Barnwell Rhett proclaim it was time to consider separation from the Union."  I wonder if he is any relation to Rhett Butler?

The site is regarded as South Carolina's first steps in a movement to secede from the United States.

Maybe we should call it the Old Secesh Tree?

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

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