Event Description: Enjoy a sunset cruise of Charleston’s iconic harbor followed by a tour of Fort Sumter. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase from the bar. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres (cheese bar, pasta salad and assorted cookie bars) will be offered onboard during the return trip. The boat will return to dock at 7:30 pm.
Civil War Coastal Defense Tour (Saturday)
Walking Level: Light to Moderate
Tour Description: After the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, Charleston was the prize so desperately desired by the Federal government, yet the city held out until Confederate troops were evacuated in February 1865 to join Johnston’s army in North Carolina. This light to moderate walking tour will focus on the coastal defenses in and around Charleston. The tour will begin with a brief overview lecture on the defenses of the region established by Robert E. Lee, John Pemberton, and P. G. T. Beauregard, and the Siege of Charleston. Tour stops include Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, multiple batteries at Fort Johnson on James Island (and lunch), and Battery Pringle on the Stono River. The day will conclude with a visit to see the ongoing preservation of the Hunley submarine and associated exhibits (newly updated!).
Revolutionary Siege of Charleston Tour (Saturday)
with Carl Borick
Walking Level: Heavy
Tour Description: In February 1880, the British laid siege to Charleston and, after three months of heavy bombardment, the city surrendered. The May 12, 1780, surrender of 5,500 American soldiers at Charleston remains the third largest mass-surrender in the history of the United States Army. The British capture of Charleston marked the beginning of the critical Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, which ultimately saw major American victories at King’s Mountain, Cowpens and Guilford Court House. Join Author, and Director of the Charleston Museum, Carl Borick for an introductory lecture followed by a walk of the siege lines and a chance to visit an impressive collection of Revolutionary War artifacts at The Charleston Museum. The tour will also include visits to the Heyward-Washington House and The Old Exchange Museum.
Description:By 1861, Charleston had become a hotbed of photography with several firms competing for portraiture business along King Street. And many of these same photographers were well prepared to leave their studios and record the very first of all Civil War photos, right after Fort Sumter surrendered. Charleston and its environs comprise one of very few instances where Civil War places were recorded by northern and southern photographers… and one of the only scenes of actual combat photography! Before, during and after the Civil War, places like Secession Hall, Fort Moultrie and Charleston serve as a one of the best instances other to explore the beauty and fascinating details of Civil War Photography. Join Civil War Trust director of history and education Garry Adelman for a high-energy summary of Charleston’s photographic legacy.
Civil War Coastal Walking Tour (Sunday)
Walking Level: Heavy
Tour Description:Explore Civil War Charleston on foot! This will be a 2 hour, heavy walking tour.
Fort Fair Lawn Revolutionary War Tour (Sunday)
Walking Level: Moderate
Tour Description: The most significant British outpost between Charles Town and Camden, Fort Fair Lawn protected the British troop maneuvers, deployment, and communication lines through South Carolina. It was involved in the British attack led by Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton against South Carolina General Isaac Huger in the April 14, 1780, Battle for Moncks Corner as part of the British capture of Charles Town. In late-August through mid-September 1781, Fair Lawn was a key post for assembling and recovery from the Battle of Eutaw Springs. Brigadier General Francis Marion, Lt. Colonel Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, and Captain Wade Hampton harassed the British post in the week following the British retreat from the Eutaws. On November 17, 1781, Marion’s men attacked Fort Fair Lawn and the nearby Colleton Castle, the fortified home of the Loyalist family, resulting in the capture of three hundred stands of arms, other stores, and 150 prisoners. Today, this earthworks redoubt is in remarkable condition with the parapet walls extending to two meters tall, and surrounding moat, two meters across and one meter deep, still present. Sunday’s tour will visit this authentic redoubt which survives on private property and is not open to the public.