History Events Newsletter
Sponsored by Mary A. Huntt Chapter #13
South Carolina Society Order of Confederate Rose
Through June 2013
The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has produced a 30 minute 3-D film from period stereographs as part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. The Civil War in 3-D was new to the Civil War generation, said Kristina Johnson, the museum’s curator of history. Most of the pictures were taken with two cameras set a special width apart, just like it’s done today. The film features Fort Sumter, Abraham Lincoln and other iconic figures from the Civil War era as well as 3-D images of the devastation of war that jump off the screen. It features more than 75 stereographs and an original soundtrack with sound effects that add drama. “The great thing about this exhibit is that visitors may have seen some of the images in books but they haven’t seen them as the photographer intended, which is to have that dimensionality,” Johnson said. The film features some of the most famous images from photographers such as Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner – from Fort Sumter, Antietam and Gettysburg through the fall of Richmond, and the Lincoln assassination.
The images were gleaned from the museum’s collection of nearly 5,000 stereographic cards. The cards were donated to the museum in 2007 by Joseph Matheson of Camden. Some additional cards for the film were obtained through a sharing agreement with the Center for Civil War Photography of Oldsmar, Florida. The museum’s staff employed the center to make the video from the original stereographic cards. The company had produced a 3-D film for the Gettysburg Visitor Center when it opened in April 2008. The presentation took about a year to produce and cost about $5,800.
Viewing stereographs with a stereoscope creates a unique 3-D effect, and it was a popular amusement in America from the 1860s through the 1930s. This exhibit combines 3-D stereograph viewing with modern technology to display the collection of Civil War stereographs. Each stereograph has been digitally processed to display in the originally-intended format, but in a theater setting. The exhibit also includes a stereoscope and several stereographs.
The Civil War in 3-D is the third in a series of exhibits the museum is presenting during the Civil War’s 150th anniversary. It is the second 3-D presentation made by the museum from stereographs. The popular World War I in 3-D debuted in 2009. “Our World War I film was extremely successful,” curator Johnson said. We received a lot of positive comments from the public and educators. So we decided to do it again and keep it in line with the sesquicentennial.” The film will be shown in a continuous loop. There is no additional admission charge. Admission: $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $2 ages 13 to 17. Children younger than 12 are free, as are active-duty members of the military. Hours: 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia area. It focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terror.
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Another Cool Museum to Visit:
Museum and Library of Confederate History
This comprehensive museum is absolutely jam-packed with first-class original artifacts pertaining to the war with an emphasis on the Confederacy. There is no admission charge. Founded and run by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #36 and supported by the Order of Confederate Rose chapter, the museum is "dedicated to an accurate portrayal of the history of one of the most tragic periods in America's past: 1861-1865. We show the events as they were, without embellishment or revisionism. The museum is home to numerous artifacts and displays portraying the war and home life in the South during that time." Please visit the museum's website for a virtual tour, if you have never visited before: http://www.confederatemuseumandlibrary.org/index.htm or visit its facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/confederatemuseum?fref=ts . The website has the hours and direction links on the home page. 15 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601
Sunday, April 21
A Wee Bit of Scotland by Ceille Baird Welch will be performed at the Richland County Public Library. Ceille Welch, poet and playwright, along with the Palmetto Scottish Country Dancers, Sara Ruhlman, Jim Welch, and Bill McCullough are hosting a Ceilidh, (pronounced kaylee): a celebration of Scotland, its culture, customs, and traditions. The hour long program, which begins at 3 p.m., will offer a taste of Scottish music, dance, stories and verse and will feature such notables as linguist and bard, Ron Beaton and musicians Richard McLeod, Dan Orta, and Doug McDonald. There will be a message from Ed Farley, president of the Robert Burns Society of the Midlands. The program is free to the public.
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution with the Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina presents their dynamic, fun, and scholarly symposium on the Life and Times of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. The importance of the cavalry and light troops in the Southern Revolutionary War led General Nathanael Greene to put Lee’s Legion “upon as good a footing as possible.” Now you can walk the grounds where Lee rode, fought and sealed his reputation on the battlefield. Hear and interact with presentations by prominent scholars and authors to include Lee’s controversial life and contributions to American Liberty as a soldier, politician and early Southern Campaigns historian, and his roles in family and business.
Friday the Lee sites bus tour will feature the posturing of the Southern Department armies commanded by Lord Charles Cornwallis and Gen. Nathanael Greene in early March 1781 leading up to their final clash at Guilford Courthouse. Included are Harry Lee’s battle sites in the Burlington, NC area: the skirmishes at Clapp’s Mill, the Rocky Ford at Weitzel’s Mill, and the latest scholarship on Pyle’s Hacking Match. Tour by preregistration only.
Saturday& Sunday – “Wedded to my Sword” The Life and Times of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee will include presentations of the latest scholarly research on the interesting and sometimes controversial life of Harry Lee with boots-on-the-ground tours of Lee’s battle sites at Guilford Courthouse. Dynamic presentations on Lee’s life, contributions to the Revolutionary War, as a Virginia politician, Southern Campaigns historian, and his controversies will be made by world-class scholars including Jim Piecuch, Dennis Conrad, Ben Huggins, Mike Cecere, John Hutchins, Jim Mc Intyre, Ben Rubin, John Beakes, Steve Rauch, and others. On Sunday’s included battlefield tour, we will see the New Garden Meeting House – site of Harry Lee’s initial battles with the British prior to the general engagement at Guilford Courthouse – and walk the Guilford Courthouse Battlefield. Lee’s climatic clash at Guilford did not happen within the federal battlefield park; we will go to the site.
Call (803) 549-6710 to register for the Symposium or email Charles B. Baxley at email@example.com or David P. Reuwer at firstname.lastname@example.org for other event details. Please preregister as it helps us plan for catering and handouts and gives you a discount. Visit www.southerncampaigns.org for more details.
Saturday, April 27
The annual Firing on Fort Sumter Ball will be held in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The event includes dinner, formal photography, a real band, dance master and all the trimmings. At adults tickets for just $25 and children’s for $10, you can't find a better deal on a ball anywhere! Tickets are going fast so sent for them today! Visit http://www.sumterball.com/for more information.
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28
Battle of Cross Keys, South Carolina
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5
The Battle for Columbia Education Day will be Friday. The public event will be Saturday and Sunday. Join the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton III Camp #273 Sons of Confederate Veterans for the annual event in Columbia, South Carolina. Visit http://www.wadehamptoncamp.org/bfc-index.htmlfor more details.
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5
Experience Armies Through Time at the Camden Revolutionary War Park. Military reenactors from ancient times to the present will demonstrate their weaponry, clothing, and skills.
Saturday, May 4
Confederate Memorial Day will be honored across South Carolina. In Columbia, a ceremony sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be held at Elmwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. Individuals in period attire are then encouraged to march in a solemn parade to the Statehouse Grounds, approximately 5 miles away. Once there, another ceremony will be observed; this one is sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Sunday, May 5
The Lexington County Museum will host its Annual Spring Open House from 3-5 p.m. The public is invited to see the circa 1832 John Fox House, the 1771 Laurence Corley Log House, the circa 1815 Oak Grove Schoolhouse, and some new additions as well. The Museum will have many of its artifacts, including historic rifles made in Lexington County in the first half of the 19th century by the Quattlebaum and Hall families, in new display cases and will also have a newly restored bedroom in the Fox House on exhibit for the first time. The rooms formerly had exhibit cases in them but have now been restored to their original use as bedrooms. This event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Open House is a great time for visitors to learn more about the museum and the county’s history. For more information, call the museum at 803-359-8369 or visit our website at www.lex-co.sc.gov/museum. The Lexington County Museum is located at 231 Fox Street in downtown Lexington, South Carolina.
Wednesday, May 8
Old Exchange Building 2012-2013 Lecture Series continues at 6p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina with “Fabric of Liberty—South Carolina Society of Cincinnati” by Stephen Hoffius. Admission for the entire series is $40 or $5 per lecture. For more information, visit http://oldexchange.org or call (843) 727-2165.
Friday-Sunday, May 17-20
Battle of Resaca, Georgia
Monday, May 27
United States Memorial Day will be remembered in a ceremony in Florence, South Carolina at the National Cemetery.
Wednesday, June 5
Old Exchange Building 2012-2013 Lecture Series continues at 6p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina with “Immortal 600 Confederate Prisoners of War” by Karen Stokes. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://oldexchange.orgor call (843) 727-2165.
Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9
Join the Spartanburg Sewing Conference to create your own traveling bag. The famous Carrolann Scmitt from Genteel Arts will travel form Pennsylvania to teach the class. The class is a sell out every year, and includes a wonderfully fun Saturday theme party! Email and let us know of your interest, and we will send you all the details! Cost for 2 day class and Saturday party $175.00 a $50 deposit is needed to hold your spot. Email email@example.com more information.
Saturday, June 22
Enjoy a Victorian Summer Soiree sponsored by the Southern Victorian Society. Come; join us for a delightful evening of 1860s dancing and dessert at the historic Community Hall in downtown Newberry, SC! Dances will be taught and called by Timeless Dance--no dance experience necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Attire is 1860s formal or modest modern formal. The Community Hall still has its original hardwood floor so we request no high heels or heel plates, please. Held from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., tickets are $20 per person. You must pre-register to attend. Register by credit card, money order, or check. Please visit our website for more details and updates. http://oldesouthball.com/ssindex
Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30
The sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will be honored with a huge reenactment. The Pee Dee Light Artillery, Brunson's Battery, and the Palmetto Battalion, all from South Carolina, have secured participation spots.
Thursday, July 4
Enjoy the Peach Festivalin Gilbert, South Carolina.
Wednesday, July 17
Old Exchange Building 2012-2013 Lecture Series continues at 6 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina with “Archaeology at Ft. Dorchester” by Ashley Chapman. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://oldexchange.org or call (843) 727-2165.
Wednesday, August, 7
Old Exchange Building 2012-2013 Lecture Series continues at 6 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina with “Rumpty Rattles & Prohibition Charleston” by Mark Jones. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://oldexchange.orgor call (843) 727-2165.
Beaufort County Library is pleased to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial as host to the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History’s traveling “Civil War 150” exhibit. The Beaufort County Library is one of fifty sites nationwide, one of only two sites in South Carolina, selected to host the “Civil War 150” traveling exhibition. “Civil War 150” will be on display just outside the Beaufort District Collection Research Room, Second Floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, South Carolina. The exhibition goes beyond the surface view of the conflict by revealing the deep divisions in the country before the war, and gives an in-depth look at the lives of soldiers and the home front as well as the political process of creating emancipation. The Beaufort District Collection will highlight Civil War related materials from our own special collections and archives department in programs, displays, and via social media.
We have planned a variety of engaging and diverse lifelong learning programs and tactile experiences for all of our customers, regardless of age, throughout the entire library system, on the very broad topic of the American Civil War, 1861-1865. Through our programs, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to compare and contrast how different the experience of the Civil War was for Union and Confederate soldiers, the enslaved and Free Blacks, and civilians on both sides. Events at the Branch Libraries continue until October 19, 2013.
Make plans now to attend the Opening Reception for the exhibit on Saturday, September 14, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Lobby just outside the Beaufort District Collection Research Room. Dr. Stephen Wise has graciously agreed to be our speaker.
The national touring exhibition Civil War 150 was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Wednesday, September 18
Old Exchange Building 2012-2013 Lecture Series continues at 6 p.m. in Charleston, South Carolina with “Palmetto Pirates--The Golden Age” by Michael Coker. Admission is $5. For more information, visit http://oldexchange.org or call (843) 727-2165.
Thursday-Sunday, September 19-22
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia
Friday-Sunday, October 25-27
Battle of Brattonsville in McConnells, South Carolina
Battle of Denver Downs in Anderson, South Carolina
Friday-Sunday, November 8-10
150thAnniversary of the Battle of Fort Wagner in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Tuesday, November 12
The Veteran’s Day Parade in Columbia, South Carolina honors veterans of all American wars. Reenactors in period attire as well as individuals in modern clothing march together.
Saturday, November 23
Remembrance Day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Friday-Sunday, December 6-8
Battle for Congaree Creek in Columbia, South Carolina
Friday-Sunday, December 13-15
Battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina
Battle of Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill, Georgia
Saturday, February 8, 2014
The Olde South Ball will be held in the grand ballroom of the Greenville Marriott at One Parkway East, Greenville, South Carolina. This elegant evening begins with a delicious formal supper followed by four sets of period dancing directed by Timeless Dance. Live dance music will be performed by the award-winning Blue Ridge Rounders. No dance experience necessary. Free dance practice and photography. Enjoy door prizes and a silent charity auction. Shop at Ye Olde South Bazaar. Appropriate attire for ladies and gentlemen is formal 1860s preferred; modest, modern formalwear and all uniforms acceptable. A special hotel room discount is available. Register via credit card, check, or money order. Please visit www.oldesouthball.com for updates and registration.
A) In 1989, Gary R. Baker published the book Cadets in Gray: The Story of the Cadets of the South Carolina Military Academy and the Cadet Rangers in the Civil War. The book went out of print several years ago. It is now available as an e-book for only $3.95 per download. It can be found at these three sources: lulu.com, ibookstore, and Nook.
B) Tom Elmore’s second book A Carnival of Destruction-Sherman’s Invasion of South Carolina is now for sale at JogglingBoardPress.com for $39.95 + tax & shipping. From hairpins, bummers and she-bangs to the Union army’s engineering, thievery, subterfuges and firestorm across the Palmetto state, this book offers the most complete story of Sherman’s march ever told. Union Maj. Gen. William B. Hazen called Sherman’s devastation “a carnival of destruction,” the scars of which can still be seen today. For autographed copies directly from the author or to schedule him for your next speaker, contact him at RebelSCV@aol.com.
C) Hidden Wounds, A Soldier's Burden shows the impact of the inner trials of returning service members on American families. Our ancestors did not have such a resource available. We can help today's military with this powerful message. Visit www.hiddenwoundsthebook.com for more details.
E) The South Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans are creating a monument to the signers of the Ordinance of Secession. 4x8 inch pavers can be engraved for only $100 each and limited edition coins are also available to support this endeavor. Please visit scsignersmonument.com for more details or to make your contribution.
TheSons of Confederate Veterans Sesquicentennial Event will focus on one location each of the next 3 years.
2013 – Jackson, Mississippi
2014 – Atlanta/Marietta/Kennesaw, Georgia
2015 – Shreveport, Louisiana
TheSouth Carolina State Museum has scheduled exhibits related to the Civil War for the sesquicentennial.
February 2014 -- The War Enters the State’s Interior: Sherman’s
March and the End
April 2015 -- Reconstruction: Hope for Some, Retrenchment for Others
TheSouth Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has new exhibits planned in honor of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
The Carolinas Campaign will be displayed from March 2014 to February 2015.
Explore General William T. Sherman's Carolinas Campaign, the battles and destructive path of his Army, and the controversies surrounding the infamous Burning of Columbia. The exhibit will look at the impact on the home front as well as the experience of soldiers, especially the retreating South Carolina troops that fought in the campaign.
Founded in 1896, the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia area. The museum, located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia, South Carolina, focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present War on Terror.
Other Great Event Resources:
Several new songs and from the Civil War era, and many new eventshave been added recently to our website, www.CivilWarHeritageTrails.org. More songs, videos and new events are added frequently.
To reach the Events Index page of our website click on the link below:
Now Available Online
The Civil War Trust, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting our heritage, has unveiled a new online tool to help illuminate the complex events that culminated in the historic bombardment of Fort Sumter. Featuring explanatory narration, animated battle sequences, and a variety of period photographs and illustrations, the Civil War Trust’s Fort Sumter Animated Map, viewable at www.civilwar.org/fortsumteranimated, is a unique way to experience 19th-century history using 21st-century technology.
Additional resourcesfor exploring Civil War history in conjunction with the 150th anniversaries of Fort Sumter and other forthcoming milestones — ranging from photo exhibits to articles written by academic experts in the field —can be found on the Civil War Trust’s sesquicentennial resource page, www.civilwar150.org. Other features include the latest anniversary news and events from commemorations across the country and the popular “This Day in Civil War History” calendar. Resources specifically related to the Battle of Fort Sumter are available at www.civilwar.org/fortsumter.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at the home of the sesquicentennial, www.civilwar.org.
From the North Carolina Department of Archives and History:
I am very excited to announce that all of the World War I postersin the Archives’ custody are available online. These 496 works of art include recruitment posters from all branches of the armed forces as well as service organizations such as the American Red Cross and the YWCA, urging monetary donations to support their work at home and abroad. Other posters helped the government raise millions of dollars through the sale of Liberty Bonds. Posters by the US Fuel Administration and the Food Administration called for additional civilian participations in the common war effort. Posters issued by the US Labor Department, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the Emergency Fleet Corporation urged increased production and efficiency, so that equipment and war material could reach American soldiers on the front lines in Europe. Many artists used their considerable talents in the creation of posters. A few, such as Howard Chandler Christy, had already achieved commercial fame; others were of local note. This collection includes original posters created in North Carolina by Fred V. Owen and T. S. Davidson, whose hand-drawn and hand-painted works were apparently created for the US Army Recruiting Officesin Greensboro, Charlotte, and Asheville, N. C.
The posters are part of our World War I digital collection. But to see just the posters themselves and not the rest of the collection just go tohttp://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=all&CISOBOX1=posters&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP2=exact&CISOBOX2=&CISOFIELD2=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP3=any&CISOBOX3=&CISOFIELD3=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOOP4=none&CISOBOX4=&CISOFIELD4=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=/p15012coll10&t=a
The view the entire collection go to www.digital.ncdcr.govand click on the icon for the World War I collection. There are now over 668 items available, including the posters, over 138 photographs, and nine French battlefield maps from the James A. Higgs Papers.
Another Museum to Visit
When you are in the Greenville, South Carolina area, be sure to visit the Civil War Exhibit at the American Legion War Museum. The museum is located at 403 North Main Street and is open with free admission on Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Visit www.americanlegion3warmuseum.comfor more information. One item on display is a blue kepi with a silver palmetto that was worn by Lieutenant William Fuller of the 4th South Carolina Volunteers at the Battle of First Manassas on July 21, 1865. He was struck in the head by a bullet and died five days later at Culpepper, Virginia. The cap was made in Columbia by Remsen.