Firing on Fort Sumter:  'The Opening Ball"

Firing on Fort Sumter: "The Opening Ball"

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On April 13, 1861, Fort Sumter fell to the Confederate bombardment, and The Charleston Mercury declared it to be "the opening ball of the Revolution." On Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7 pm we will recreate the patriotic fervor and war fever which swept South Carolina, as we enjoy the grace and beauty of a Victorian Ball with dancing and refreshments. Join the Gen. States Rights Gist Camp 1451, S.C.V., at Spartanburg's historic American Legion Hall in Duncan Park, for our thirteenth annual event featuring period live music by the Blue Ridge Rounders.  Practiced dance masters will instruct guests in the mystery of nineteenth century etiquette, and the mastery of the Victorian ballroom.  Period military or civilian attire is welcomed, but weapons, strong drink and tobacco are not.  This family event is appropriate for reenactors, historians, dance enthusiasts, lovers of old-time music, and anyone who enjoys a good party.  Come and see how our Confederate ancestors celebrated the fall of Fort Sumter, and reveled in the rise of their Southern nation.  Click on "Photo Gallery" above for pictures from previous Balls.


2019 was the last for our Ball. After thirteen successful years, we have decided not to hold the event in 2020, and there are no present plans to continue in the future. We would like to thank all of our past guests, and the volunteers and performers who contributed their time and talents to making the Ball so successful and enjoyable. Please support similar events in your community, and we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.