CHARLESTON — The Charleston-area observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War will continue with a series of special events July 18-21 commemorating the 1863 campaign for Charleston.
Thursday, July 18
10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Re-enactors representing the 54th Massachusetts, the 48th New York and the 7th South Carolina Battalion will conduct living history programs, including musket firings and heavy artillery drills, at Fort Moultrie. A Civil War medicine tent will be available. Children ages 4 to 12 can participate in a Junior Ranger program with a focus on the United States Colored Troops, special military enlistment and musket drills. For more information, call 843-883-3123. Fort Moultrie is at 1214 Middle St. on Sullivans Island.
10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. — History talks at Fort Moultrie. Featuring, respectively, “Susie King Taylor” by Ramona LaRoche; “African-Americans & the Civil War” by Professor Donald West; 54th Camp Scene with Ernest Parks; and “The Campaign for Morris Island” by Dr. Russell Horres. 843-883-3123.
6:30-7:30 p.m. — The 246th Army National Guard Band outdoor concert of Civil War music at the National Park Service at Fort Moultrie. 843-883-3123.
7:45-8:15 p.m. — Commencing at the hour the 1863 Assault on Battery Wagner began 150 years ago, this program at Fort Moultrie will feature South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell as the keynote speaker. Re-enactors representing the 54th Massachusetts, the 48th New York and the 7th S.C. Battalion will fire muskets. 294 luminaries will be lit in the field in front of Fort Moultrie, overlooking Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Morris Island, representing those Union and Confederate soldiers who died on Morris Island during the battle. 843-883-3123.
6:30 p.m. — A ticket-only black-tie event at the Francis Marion Hotel featuring appearances by Gen. PGT Beauregard, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Harry McCarthy (composer of “The Bonnie Blue Flag”), Sgt. Thomas Pinckney Lowndes, and Union and Confederate soldiers who fought at Battery Wagner. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $150 each. Proceeds will be dedicated to the preservation of historic military sites in South Carolina. For more information, call Doug Bostick at 843-743-8281.
Friday, July 19
7-9 p.m. — “Glory” on Marion Square. This award-winning film starring Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington dramatizes the Battle of Battery Wagner at Morris Island. It is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the Union Army to consist entirely of black soldiers with white officers, told from the point of view of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the unit’s commanding officer. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-724-7305. Marion Square is at 329 Meeting St. in Charleston.
Saturday, July 20
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust presents “Toward A New Birth of Freedom: Sesquicentennial Reflections on Charleston, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and the Battle for Morris Island” at Dock Street Theatre. Featured speakers will include: Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar, “Approaching Storm: The Shifting Tides of War, 1861-1863;” Dr. Thavolia Glymph, “Eagles on Their Buttons: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment;” Charleston attorney Robert N. Rosen, “The Target: Confederate Charleston in 1863;” Dr. Stephen R. Wise, “Gate of Hell: The Battle for Morris Island;” “Morris Island Legacies, 1863 & 2013,” a panel discussion with audience participation, moderated by Dr. Bernard Powers. Rare Civil War images and documents from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society will be displayed throughout the morning. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-224-0331. Dock Street Theatre is at 135 Church St. in Charleston.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Union and Confederate re-enactors will conduct living history programs at Fort Moultrie. 843-883-3123.
Sunday, July 21
10 a.m.-noon — Union and Confederate re-enactors will conduct living history programs at Fort Moultrie. 843-883-3123.
7 p.m. — 54th Massachusetts Regiment monument dedication at White Point Garden on the Battery. Ceremony will include Civil War music, Union and Confederate re-enactors, and remarks by Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley. For more information, call 843-724-3729. White Point Garden is a public park at the intersection of East Bay Street and Murray Boulevard in Charleston’s historic district.
Ongoing 150th exhibition
The Charleston Museum presents the original exhibit “Our Duty was Quite Arduous: The Union Encampment on Little Folly Island, 1863-1865” featuring Civil War artifacts recovered by Charleston Museum archeologists from the beach of “Little Folly Island.” Accelerated erosion caused by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 uncovered a wealth of materials from the Federal presence there during the Civil War. Most were remarkably preserved and provide a rare glimpse into the daily lives of Union soldiers garrisoned on Folly Island. For more information, call 843-722-2996. The museum is at 360 Meeting St. in Charleston.