Saturday, February 23, 2013

Charleston, Fort Sumter & Moultrie, Pinckney Historic Site, 2-21 - 23, 2013

On the road again Thursday Feb. 21

William Rhett house built in 1712, one of the oldest houses in Charleston.

Cobblestone streets and sidewalks are hard to walk on.

St Johannesburg Lutheran Church established in 1878.

Since 1670 Charleston has been a busy port. By 1770 it was the third busiest port in the new world.

Coast Guard helicopter.

We took this boat to Fort Sumter.

Charleston skyline. It is called the Holy City because of the many churches.

Rice plantations. Rice from this state was called Carolina Gold.

Cotton producing states 1801 - 1860.

Slavery was vital for rice, cotton and indigo plantations. Words of Civil War and Disunion were discussed during the working of the Missouri Compromise of 1850.

Dec. 20, 1860 South Carolina voted unanimously to secede from the Union. On Dec. 26, 1860 Federal troops moved to occupy Fort Sumter. In April they were ordered by the Confederates to leave. (33 stars on the U. S. flag of 1860.) They refused.

The first shot of the Civil War was fired on to Fort Sumter on April 14, 1861. After 34 hours of fighting the Union soldiers surrendered and were allowed to withdraw to New York.

This South Carolina flag was raised over Fort Sumter.
But soon replaced with the official first Flag of the Confederate, Bars and Stars.

Fort Sumter was the site of battles again. For 22 months from 1863 to 1865 the Union battled the Confederates to take possession of Fort Sumter.

Shell encased in the wall from those long months of battle.

Flags over Fort Sumter.

Top: Bars & Stars, South Carolina flag, Second Confederate flag, U. S. flag with 33 stars (1860) and 35 stars (1865).

We stayed at Buck Hall Recreation Area in Frances Marion National Park. Very nice campground with hot showers and only $10 a night.

On the road again Friday Feb. 22

Fort Moultrie was the site of the British battling to take possession of the Charleston harbor in June 1776.

The Fort was made of spongy palmetto logs and sand which amazingly withstood the barrage of the 9 British ships.

The original flag do South Carolina was blue background with a crescent like those worn by the militia.

After defeating the British in the palmetto log fort the palmetto was added to the state flag.

It was a chilly and blustery day. The wind was whipping off the Atlantic Ocean.

Charleston harbor is the peninsula near the top left corner.

Harbor defense 1944 - 1945

In the visitors Center a map titled Middle Passage. As many as 12 million African were deported to the New World.

Diagram of a ship's hold. Only the strong survived the 6 to 8 week voyage.

Lute, ancestor of the banjo. Foods that came from Africa: okra, yams, hot peppers and peas.

Can you imagine being forced to leave your country and be slaves? Could you, could I survive?

On a rainy day....a good day to do laundry.

Charles Pinckney Historic Site. He was a writer and signer of the united states Constitution in 1776.

Do you know what this board is? A joggling board.

The wooden feet are rounded on the bottom so one rocks back a little or joggles or jiggles. Supposed to be good for those aching bones.

Lots of history of Pinckney in the house but I won't bore you with that but share another beautiful camellia.

Getting near the end of the season.

Acres of live oak trees. Too early to see beautiful green lawns. Sorry.

Back to our campground at Buck Run Recreating Area. This is the first interstate highway.

Actually the intercostal highway from Bar Harbor, ME to Key West, FL.

On the road again Saturday Feb. 23. It rained through the night and morning. So a good day to go to a movie that was highly recommended, Argo. Yes, it was very good! Intense and captivating.

We went to Mass at St. Michaels in Murrell Inlet.

Again some of the prayers were said in Latin.

Beautiful statues.

Second Sunday of Lent.

We are staying at Huntington State Park, Murrell Inlet. Looking forward to sunshine tomorrow.

Location:Charleston, Buck Run, Mt. Pleasant & Murrells Inlet, S. C.

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