Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Secession Hill

Marker ID: Abbeville Historical Society 38
Location: On Secession Ave north of Henry M Turner St, Abbeville, SC
County: Abbeville
Coordinates: N 34° 10.698    W 082° 22.486
  34.1783    -82.37476666
Style: Free Standing **


One of the first organized mass meetings held here on November 22, 1860, to launch South Carolina's secession from the Union. Judge A.G. Magrath of Charleston, urged "immediate action on the part of South Carolina at any & every hazard", followed by Gen. M.L. Bonham, Cong. McGowan, Major Armistead Burt & others. Resolutions unanimously adopted favoring secession of the State. Committee of twenty appointed nominees Edward Noble, John A. Calhoun, Thomas Thompson, John H. Wilson & D.L. Wardlaw to attend December 17, 1860 Convention. One month later, South Carolina became the first state to secede.