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Abbeville County was established in 1785 from
the split-up of the five-county area known as Old 96 District.
Abbeville County lies in the rolling foothills
of the northwestern sector of the State of South Carolina. It is bounded on the
West by the State of Georgia, on the North by Anderson County, on the East by
Laurens and Greenwood Counties, and on the South by McCormick County.
The town of Abbeville developed around a spring
which was set aside by General Andrew Pickens for public use. General Pickens
had settled at what is now Abbeville proper prior to the American Revolution.
Dr. John de la Howe, a French Huguenot settler in Western South Carolina, is
credited with giving the county and town the name of his hometown in France.
The first organized meeting to adopt an
Ordinance of Secession was held in Abbeville on November 22, 1860. A public
assembly voted unanimously to leave the Union; that site is now called Secession
Confederate President Jefferson Davis, on
his retreat trail south from Richmond, stopped overnight at the Abbeville home
of his friend, Major Armistead Burt. His home, now known as the Burt-Stark
Mansion, was the last meeting place (May 2, 1865) of the Confederate war
council. Davis was convinced by his generals and Cabinet that the Southern
resources were exhausted and that any attempt to fight another campaign would
merely bring more misery to the region. It was in this house that President
Davis finally admitted, "All is indeed lost."
Present at this meeting were Cabinet Members:
Benjamin, Mallory, Reagan and Breckinridge and Brigade Commanders: Ferguson,
Dibrell, Vaughn, Duke and Breckinridge. Students of the American Civil War will
certainly recall all of those names.
It's no surprise then that Abbeville is
sometimes referred to as both the "birthplace" and the "deathbed" of the
Confederacy. (Submitted by: Abbeville Chamber of
Commerce & Historical Society)
county and its
county seat, the town of Abbeville,
were named for the French town of the same name. Originally part of Ninety-Six
District, the area was designated as Abbeville County in 1785. Parts of
Abbeville later went to form Greenwood (1897) and McCormick (1916) counties. The
county was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers in the
mid-eighteenth century. A historic treaty with the
Cherokee Indians was signed at Dewitt's Corner (now
Due West) in 1777. Abbeville was known as a hotbed of secession, and at the end
of the Civil War the last Confederate council of war was held there. Abbeville's
most famous native son was John C. Calhoun
(1782-1850), United States vice president, secretary of war and of state, and
senator. (Submitted by: SC State Library
/ Mary Morgan, 31-Mar-2008)
Paul - NN8NN
Gary - KE8FD
GenWeb County Homesteads
(Abbeville-Anderson-Oconee-Pickens) are due to the
volunteer efforts of
Paul Kankula (NN8NN) and
Gary Flynn (KE8FD). We have spent thousands of dollars and over
15-years of spare time in order to bring you these
county homesteads. Our only reward is knowing that all our hard-work will
be permanently preserved and enjoyed by endless
generations to come. See
Will I Be Remembered When I'm Gone.
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