Where we are and where we are going.

Between spring break and Monday, we moved the classroom over to Ms. JW’s home.  Her dining room now houses the math, geometry, letter work and sciences materials.  The children have come back from spring break and their trips with project on the brain.  They are preparing for their presentations at the end of the month.  We’ve had several professors and other educators and specialists in their fields agree to be their inquisitors – in the true sense of that word.

I expect many may not realize that Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter and the beginnings of the Unpleasantness that followed.  Back in January we went to see the Charleston Museum bring out the Articles of Secession and more importantly the pamphlet that explained the rationale for the Articles.  Source documentation is extremely important in the age of opinion.  Reading what people said for themselves is deeply important to an informed world view as opposed to a rhetoric driven world view. We were rather disappointed by the presentation so I don’t think it even was blogged about.

This week we will spend time looking much more at the War.  The older children will be examining the cost of war specifically in Charleston and the young children will be viewing it through the lens of the Fundamental Needs of Man. AV has been watching Ken Burn’s series on the Civil War.  He is enjoying the way people phrased things 150 years ago. All of our families (like most Southern families in Charleston) have histories bound to the War.  Ms. ER has prepared a lesson on Civil War history focusing on causes, pressures, and reconstruction.

Our planned schedule includes:


10:00 – Noon The Eighth Regiment Band. Based in Rome, Georgia, this band performs as the 8th Georgia Regiment in Confederate uniforms, the 8th New York Regiment in Union uniforms, American Town Band and as a combination of all three. Music from both sides of the conflict is offered during the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square.


2:30 (PM) “The Beginning of the Civil War” Manuscripts. The exhibit consists of more than two dozen items on Secession and the beginning of the American Civil War. Its presence is designed to correspond with the series of important conferences in the first year of the Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the great conflict of 1861-1865. Produced by Karpeles Manuscript Museum (843) 853-4651.

3:30 (PM) Morse Code. Crack the code and get a prize!  This fun activity is suitable for all ages. Charleston County Public Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Downtown Charleston.

6:30-8:15 (PM) A Troubled House: American Leaders and the Issues of 1861. Features lectures by Edward L. Ayers speaking about The Logic of Secession and Emory M. Thomas on The Dogs of War; Robert H. Dallek, moderator.  First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St., Downtown Charleston.


from NPS - Fort Sumter web site

4:30 – 5:30 (AM) From Unity to Divided Nation: Fort Sumter Light Display. Symbolizing the division of our nation that began with a single cannon shot in Charleston Harbor, a dramatic light display at Fort Sumter will set the tone of the Sesquicen- tennial Observance, creating a stunning visual effect. Beginning at dusk April 9, the Fort will be bathed in a wash of light with a single beam of light emanating from the Fort, up to the sky. At 4:30am on April 12, coinciding with the exact moment of the first shot fired in the Lowcountry 150 years ago, the beam of light will split into 2 beams, signifying the division of the nation. At 6:45am, a star shell will be fired over the harbor. The lights will go out.  And also:  Sunrise Concert: When Jesus Wept. In observance of the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired. 25-minute program features music for Brass Ensemble & Military Drum including a hymn by Colonial American composer William Billings and others. White Point Garden Bandstand (The Battery), South Battery at Meeting St., Downtown Charleston.

Breakfast at Alex’s in Mt. Pleasant

6:30 arrive at Patriot’s Point for a day (for us just a morning) in the encampment.

6:50-7:00: First Barrage of Artillery Fire
7:30 AM: Artillery Fire
8:00 AM: Artillery Fire
9:00 AM: Artillery Fire
9:30 AM: Infantry Drill/Firing
10:00 AM: Artillery Fire
10:30 AM: Cavalry Demo
11:00 AM: Artillery Fire


1:00 (PM) Postal Service in Charleston. Rain,shine or war-no matter what, the mail never stops running. Join Robert Karrer and Rick Calhoun to learn about the postal system as it was in Charleston in 1861. See examples of letters and stamps from the time period. Liberty Square

Home for a nap!


1:00 (PM) The Sounds of Charleston During The Civil War. Dr. Nic Butler discusses war-themed popular songs and military marches to minstrels shows and African American spirituals and how the people of Charleston heard and performed a wide variety of musical styles during the early 1860s. Liberty Square, 340 Concord St., Downtown Charleston.

3:00 (PM) Civil War Dance Program. Come try your hand at learning the popular dances from the time of the Civil War. Liberty Square, 340 Concord St., Downtown Charleston.


1:00 (PM)The Real Truth of Civil War Medicine: Diseases, Surgery, and Dentistry – “Military Medicine.” Dr. Scott Evans lectures on the practice of medicine in America during the mid 1800s which was vastly different from what is considered the modern medicine of today. Liberty Square, 340 Concord St., Downtown Charleston.

3:00 (PM) The Real Truth of Civil War Medicine: Diseases, Surgery, and Dentistry – “Dentistry.” David Smoot lectures. Napoleon once said that an army travels on its stomach. It won’t get very far with bad teeth though, so a trip to the dentist is just what the general ordered. Liberty Square, 340 Concord St.


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Filed under American History, Geography and World Studies, US Civil War

One response to “Where we are and where we are going.

  1. Evelyn Vice

    WOW! Sounds like a busy week!! Also sounds like a lot of interesting fun things to do! Very educational!

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