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5 Fun Facts About November 19 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1863, the Civil War's Battle of Campbell's Station was fought in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Union forces under Ambrose Burnside were attacked by Confederate forces led by James Longstreet. Several soldiers from South Carolina fought in this battle, which resulted in a Union victory.

2. The state of South Carolina ratified the United States Constitution on November 19, 1787. South Carolina was the eighth state to ratify the document, which outlines the structure of the federal government and its powers.

3. The South Carolina State Fair is held annually in Columbia, and the first fair was held on November 19, 1869. The fair features agriculture exhibits, carnival rides, entertainment, and food. It is one of the largest and most popular events in the state.

4. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a speech commemorating the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. The address, which is considered one of the greatest speeches in American history, was given on November 19 at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

5. The USS South Carolina was commissioned on November 19, 1908. The battleship was part of the Great White Fleet, a group of ships that sailed around the world to showcase America's naval power. The USS South Carolina was eventually decommissioned in 1921 and sold for scrap.
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