- A look at some who played a role in the bombardment of Fort Sumter -
Brig. Gen. Maxcy Gregg
The namesake of the Columbia park, Maxcy Gregg -- a S.C. College grad, now USC -- was a member of the Southern Rights Convention in 1850s, advocated reopening the slave trade and helped write the Articles of Secession. With secession, the Columbia native was placed in command of the First Regiment of S.C. Volunteers, who fought at Sumter. His brigade later fought with the Army of Northern Virginia at Seven Days and Second Manassas, or Second Bull Run, both in Virginia, and Sharpsburg, or Antietam, in Maryland, where he was wounded. Gregg was mortally wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia and is buried in Columbia.