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Heritage Auction has a really poignant artifact for sale for their December Internet auction.  This Bible was carried by a soldier at Sailor’s Creek.

Here are images of the marker dedication ceremonies at Charleston this past weekend commemorating the life and legacy of escaped slave – turned Union Civil War hero – Robert Smalls.

Photos courtesy: Michael Boulware Moore

The above images appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Civil War Monitor.

One of my very favorite places to vacation in the South is Beaufort, South Carolina.  These pictures speak for themselves.

If you love American history – especially Revolutionary War and the American Civil War – then a visit to historic Charleston, South Carolina must be on  the top of your list. I vacation there frequently and it is very hard for me to go back home. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my recent historic Charleston pictures.

When visiting Charleston, South Carolina, make sure to stop and visit the gorgeous Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Their web site says:

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

Here is a photographic gallery of a recent visit to Magnolia.

On a recent visit to Charleston visit our family stayed at the Andrew Pinckney Inn.  It is a very nice place and centrally located to everything downtown.  Their web site says:

The Andrew Pinckney Inn, in historic downtown Charleston, features 37 beautifully appointed guest rooms, 3 townhouse suites, and our majestic St. Philip’s Suite. Decorated in an elegant yet casual West Indies style, our rooms feature all of the modern amenities a distinguished traveler has come to expect.

Meticulously restored, the Andrew Pinckney Inn is a Charleston boutique hotel surrounded by over 300 years of history. The hotel gracefully couples old world charm and sophisticated amenities. Overlooking the historic Charleston market area in the heart of the historic district, the Andrew Pinckney Inn is truly “Charleston’s Historic Charm…Redefined”.

Here are some pics of the Inn.

A walk of historic Charleston would not be complete without stopping by to visit St. Michael’s Church. It has a rich history.


A visit to Fort Sumter is a must-stop for any Civil War buff when visiting Charleston. About Fort Sumter, the National Park Service says:

Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

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The Civil War Gazette (CWG) is published by Kraig McNutt, Director of The Center for the Study of the American Civil War. The CWG was first launched on to the World-wide Web in 1995.

The Civil War Gazette allows the first-hand participants - both common soldier and civilian - to tell the story of their experience of the Civil War from their perspective; through letters, diaries, newspapers articles, and other authentic first-hand accounts.

Many items posted to The Civil War Gazette often corresponds to the exact day the item was originally written during the Civil War. Think of The Civil War Gazette as the daily newspaper for all-things Civil War with accounts from those who experienced this great war as participants.

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