The presentation by Fritz Hamer of the S.C. Confederate Relic Room will look at how South Carolina joined in the war to support our troops in the Great War. One crucial part of building war support was the S.C. Council of Defense, an organization the federal government encouraged all states to establish. Like most state councils, the S.C. Council soon became involved in identifying anti-war citizens. This led to 1st Amendment rights infringements for many, often on vague accusations and slim evidence. In Lancaster, Chalmers Wessinger, a respected educator, became the focus of the Council’s investigations.