1863 Campaign for Charleston


July 18-21, 2013
Events Commemorating the 1863 Campaign for Charleston

The Charleston-area observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War continues July 18-21 with commemoration of the 1863 campaign for Charleston. The National Park Service, Fort Sumter - Fort Moultrie Historical Trust, and other organizations committed to historic preservation and education are promoting more complete understanding of this defining era in history through a series of events. We seek unity as we remember more than 700,000 military men and countless civilian men, women, and children who lost their lives and livelihoods during the tragic conflict.

  • Following is the tentative schedule as of June 24, 2013. Event times and locations are subject to change.
  • We suggest you visit this website or contact the sponsoring organizations directly prior to the events.

Thursday, July 18
National Park Service at Fort Moultrie Programs

Living History Events
  • 10:00am -6:00pm 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.
  • A Civil War medicine tent will be available. Children ages 4-12 can participate in a special Junior Ranger program with a focus on the United States Colored Troops (USCT) as well as special military enlistment and musket drills.
Scheduled History Talks
  • 10:00am Susie King Taylor, Ramona LaRoche
  • 12:00pm African Americans & the Civil War, Prof. Donald West
  • 1:00pm 54th Camp Scene with Ernest Parks
  • 2:00pm The Campaign for Morris Island, Dr. Russell Horres
Evening Programs
  • 6:30-7:30pm The 246th Army National Guard Band will present an outdoor concert of Civil War music.
  • 7:45-8:15pm Commencing at the hour the 1863 Assault on Battery Wagner began 150 years ago, this program will feature South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell as the keynote speaker. Re-enactors representing the 54th Mass, the 48th New York and the 7th SC 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 July 18th battle.
For more information: Please contact the NPS at Fort Moultrie at 843-883-3123 or visit their Website. Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust Ticketed Event

The South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust is hosting a ticket-only, black tie event at 6:30pm at the Francis Marion Hotel. Tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the door. The cost is $125 per person prior to July 1 and $150 after July 1. Proceeds will be dedicated to the preservation of historic military sites in South Carolina. The evening will feature appearances by General PGT Beauregard, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, Mr. Harry McCarthy, composer of The Bonnie Blue Flag, Sergeant Thomas Pinckney Lowndes, and soldiers of the Union and Confederate armies who fought valiantly at Battery Wagner. For more information: Please contact Doug Bostick, Executive Director of the SC Battleground Preservation Trust at 843-743-8281.


Friday, July 19
City of Charleston presents Glory

  • 7:00-9:00pm, Marion Square in Downtown Charleston
  • This award-winning film starring Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, and Denzel Washington dramatizes the Battle of Battery Wagner at Morris Island. The story is based on the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the Union army to consist entirely of African American soldiers with white officers. The story is told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the unit's commanding officer. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won three, including Denzel Washington for Best Supporting Actor. It won many other awards from the British Academy, the Golden Globes, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, and the NAACP, among others. This special screening will be free and open to the public.
  • For more information: Please contact the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs at 843-724-7305. Marion Square is located at 329 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401.

Saturday, July 20
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

  • 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street in Downtown Charleston
  • Admission is free and open to the public
Featured speakers include:

Joseph T. Glatthaar, PhD, Approaching Storm: The Shifting Tides of War, 1861-1863
Stephenson Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Books include: Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers; March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns; General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse; and Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served Under Robert E. Lee.

Thavolia Glymph, PhD, “Eagles on Their Buttons”: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment
Associate Professor of History, African-American Studies, and the Duke Population Research Institute, Duke University. Author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household and editor of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, Series 1, Vol. 1 and Series 1, Vol. 2. At work on a study of women during the Civil War and a study of black women and children refugees during the Civil War.

Robert N. Rosen, Esq, The Target: Confederate Charleston in 1863
Charleston Attorney. Former Counsel for the City of Charleston and General Counsel for the Charleston County School District. Author of Confederate Charleston: An Illustrated History of the People and the City During the Civil War; The Jewish Confederates; Saving the Jews: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Holocaust, and A Short History of Charleston. Past president and current board member of the Fort Sumter - Fort Moultrie Historical Trust.

Stephen R. Wise, PhD, “Gate of Hell”: The Battle for Morris Island
Museum Curator at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. Author of Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863 and Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War.

Morris Island Legacies, 1863 & 2013: A Panel Discussion with Audience Participation, Moderated by Bernard Powers, PhD
Professor of History, the College of Charleston. Chief historian on the strategic plan for the International African American Museum (Charleston). Author of Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885 and associate editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia. At work on a history of the A.M.E. Church and African Methodism in South Carolina. Serves on the board of directors for the Fort Sumter – Fort Moultrie Trust.

Rare Civil War images and documents from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society will be displayed at the Dock Street Theatre throughout the morning.

Co-sponsored by Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Charleston Department of History, the South Carolina Historical Society and the City of Charleston.

For more information: Please contact the Fort Sumter Trust at 843-224-0331 or or visit the website. The Dock Street Theatre is located at 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

National Park Service at Fort Moultrie Living History Programs
  • 10:00-4:00pm Union and Confederate re-enactors will conduct living history programs, including musket firings and heavy artillery drills. Civil War medicine tent will be manned throughout the day.
  • For more information: Please contact the NPS at Fort Moultrie at 843-883-3123 or visit their website. Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.

Sunday, July 21
National Park Service at Fort Moultrie Living History Programs

  • 10:00-12:00pm Union and Confederate re-enactors will conduct living history programs, including musket firings and heavy artillery drills. Civil War medicine tent will be manned throughout the day.
  • For more information: Please contact the NPS at Fort Moultrie at 843-883-3123 or visit their website. Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.
The City of Charleston Monument Dedication
  • 7:00pm The City will dedicate a monument to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment at White Point Garden on the Battery. Families are encouraged to attend the ceremony, which will include Civil War music, Union and
  • Confederate re-enactors, and remarks by Mayor Riley.
  • For more information: Please contact the City of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Management at 843-724-3729. White Point Garden is a public park located at the intersection of East Bay Street and Murray Boulevard in the heart of Charleston's historic district.