Re-enactment portrays Confederates’ stand against Sherman’s march

Over the weekend, spectators with a keen interest in South Carolina history witnessed an exciting and educational re-enactment of the Battle of Rivers Bridge in Bamberg County, an important crossing on Sherman’s march to Columbia.
Not all battles of the Civil War were clashes of huge armies. Some were small but pivotal. Such was the Battle [...]

New flags to fly for Civil War vets

About a year ago Barry L. Kauffman, 67, superintendent of the Alsace Cemetery at historic Alsace Lutheran Church and Grace (Alsace) UCC, Muhlenberg Township, was looking for Betsy Ross-design American flags to decorate the 25 graves of Revolutionary War soldiers.
It was Neil D. Scheidt, 71, of Exeter Township, an avid genealogist and member of Alsace [...]

Castle Pinckney: Dense brush, trees to be burned in preservation push

On Friday, people in at least four cities could see smoke billowing from Castle Pinckney, the abandoned circular brick fort in the middle of Charleston Harbor.
The plumes won’t signal an attack or a re-enactment, but instead could mark a new push to preserve a historic site that predates Fort Sumter.

Scholars discuss Southern views of Civil War

The Sons of Confederate Veterans holds its annual Stephen Dill Lee Institute in Charleston, featuring talks by scholars and exploring Southern views on the Civil War.
The institute opens Friday night with David Aiken of the Citadel speaking on the bombardment of Charleston and the burning of Columbia.

Gerald Pitts to portray Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 7 at Walhalla library

The years 2011 through 2015 will mark the sesquicentennial of one of the most significant events in American history — the Civil War. One of the most important figures from that era was the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. A free presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the [...]

Battle of Rivers’ Bridge re-enactment Feb. 5-6

The 25th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry will once again hold a re-enactment of the Battle for Rivers’ Bridge on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5-6.
The re-enactment will be held rain or shine on private land, just southeast of Rivers’ Bridge State Historic Site, 1744 Confederate Highway, U.S. 641, in Bamberg County.

Fort Sumter to get new superintendent

Tim Stone, a 30-year veteran with the National Park Service, will become the new superintendent at the Fort Sumter National Monument just in time to oversee preparations for one of its biggest events ever, the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter.
“This is quite an honor,” Stone said, calling Fort Sumter “a true icon [...]

The Charleston Civil War Show 2011 was full of antiques of all kinds

Mike Kent’s Civil War Show & Sale had a better variety of antiques than ever before.  Many were museum quality.  They specialize in Civil War guns, swords and related things, but many of the dealers also sell other antiques.  This year the show was for one day only, Jan. 8, 2011. 
They had a lot of [...]

Boat, possibly Civil War-era, emerges on Hilton Head shore

Coastal waters uncovered a potential piece of Civil War-era history discovered last week by a visiting diplomat on a Hilton Head Island beach.
Sea Pines resident Sally Peterson was walking on the beach in Sea Pines with her brother, Peter Thomson, and his family, who were visiting for the holidays. Thomson is a Fiji diplomat and [...]

Citadel Cadets Commemorate Firing on Star of the West

Citadel cadets did a re-enactment of the firing on the Star of the West, in honor of its 150th Anniversary. The firing happened on January 9th, 1861 when Citadel cadets fired at the federal steamship, the “Star of the West”, to prevent it from reaching Fort Sumter. The ship was carrying 200 federal troops and supplies. Many [...]