They emerged in 1987 for the first time in 124 years as bare bones in an archaeological dig. The faces of two 55th Massachusetts Regiment Union soldiers whose remains were recovered at a Civil War grave site on Folly Island can now be seen.
Rarely displayed paintings of Charleston during the Civil War by a Confederate soldier, including an iconic rendering of the submarine H.L. Hunley, are being made available today on the Internet by The Museum of the Confederacy.
A local historian and a water tour company are now running harbor tours that visit sites important to the history of the Civil War-era submarine H.L. Hunley. Michael Coker, an author, tour guide and assistant to the director at the Old Exchange, will narrate the 90-minute trip offered by Sandlapper Water Tours.
They died on the battlefield at the hands of their countrymen or they succumbed to disease and untreated wounds -- at a rate of several hundred men a day. When the Civil War ended in 1865, no one was sure exactly how many lives had been lost as a result.
Vivian and Eric Carter aren't Southerners. Heck, they're not even Americans. But the Manchester, England, retirees were in history heaven Saturday as they blended with hundreds of re-enactors and spectators during the 21st annual Battle of Secessionville event at Boone Hall Plantation.
BY ADAM MENDELSOHN
Special to The Post and Courier
Sunday, February 27, 2011
On a late Sunday morning in the middle of April 1861, the Isabel, a paddle steamer owned by Mordecai & Co., left its berth in Charleston Harbor for a brief voyage that heralded America's worst cataclysm.
For years, Eli Evans has written about history: Civil War history, his own history as a Jew growing up in the South. And his efforts are driven by an undying fascination with cultural inheritance and identity.
The root cause of the Civil War is a controversial topic in Charleston. Amateur historians passionately argue whether the main cause was the South's commitment to maintain slavery or whether Southern states were rebelling against an intrusive federal government.
The Marines are coming. A Naval detachment of re-enacters in their distinctive uniforms will be part of the charge on Bloody Bridge for the first time, out there with hundreds of Confederate and Union infantry and 14 pieces of artillery.
Although artists had sketched battlefield images for centuries as journalistic renderings, it was not until the American Civil War that photography came into its own as the most vivid and immediate means of chronicling a large-scale human drama.
"Prologue and Politics: The Civil War Vol. 1," is billed as a musical exploration of the war featuring a wide range of Charleston artists, musicians and community members who have come together to "re-present" history through music, slides and word.
Conrad Wise Chapman was enchanted by the Holy City. When he arrived here in September of 1863, the 21-year-old Confederate soldier not only saw a city devastated by fire and enemy shelling, the young artist could picture what it had been like before the horrors of the Civil War.
Punishing the Union forces in Charleston Harbor will be no problem for Vernon Terry of Rock Hill, thanks to his original Civil War cannon on loan from the Chester Historical Society. "If you give me four or five rounds, I could easily hit that flagpole," he said.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and the Family Band will join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, CSO Spiritual Chorale and Mount Zion AME Spiritual Ensemble to present "Voices From the Civil War" 9-10:30 p.m. Monday at White Point Garden at The Battery.
Charles Carleton Coffin would be haunted by the sight for the rest of his life. Behind the iron gate of the "MART," Coffin found a long hall lined with benches down one wall, a platform on the other and, beyond it, a four-story brick building with grated windows and iron doors.
Hundreds of Civil War re- enactors are camped at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant as part of the 150th anniversary events. Presentations including artillery, cavalry, infantry, medicine and home life demonstrations. There also will be local food and Civil War relic vendors. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and younger.
Thurgood Marshall, Jr., a Washington lawyer who serves on the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors, said he was honored to be back in Charleston to mark the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter,
Charleston led America into the 150th anniversary of its Civil War with a quiet concert followed by a booming early dawn mortar shot toward Fort Sumter, setting the stage for four years of remembrances across North and South.
As cannons thudded around Charleston Harbor this week in commemoration of the start of the war that extinguished slavery, the audiences for the 150th-anniversary events were nearly all-white. Even black scholars lecturing about black Union troops and the roots of slavery gazed out mostly on white faces.
Re-enactors in Civil War uniforms and hoop skirts mingled with Sol Legare residents and supporters for the official opening of the restored Seashore Farmers Lodge Saturday. Appropriately, it all took place at the corner of Sol Legare Road and Old Sol Legare Road.