Archive for September, 2016

The Walls of Charleston

September 7, 2016 with No Comments and Posted in Colonization, News by

As this recreation shows, when it was founded walls were built around Charleston. It was the only British walled city in North America.

The Grave of John C. Calhoun

September 7, 2016 with No Comments and Posted in American Other, News by

This is the grave of one of the most influential men in 19th Century America. He was Secretary of War, Senator, Vice President, Secretary of State, and was one of the ‘Great Triumvirate’. One of the most significant parts of his career was when he led the SC states rights movement against the federal tariffs of 1828 and 1832. This was called the Nullification Crisis, and almost triggered the invasion of SC by President Jackson. Henry Clay (also one of the great triumvirate) negotiated the compromise of 1833 and kept the peace… but the tensions between North and South continued to run high, and it was less than 30 years later that war became unavoidable.

A Historic South Carolina Home

September 6, 2016 with No Comments and Posted in News by

This picturesque house survived the siege of Charleston during the Civil war. It is surrounded by massive moss draped live oaks… And alligator-frequented waters!

A Colonial Trading Ship

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The Adventure – a replica of a colonial coastal trading vessel. These little ships were the mainstay of the American economy in the 1600’s.
#ship #adventure #charlestownelanding #schistory #earlyamericanhistory #maritime #sailing

Library in the South Carolina State House

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This incredible library in the South Carolina State House is original to the building.

Ann Pamela Cunningham

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This lady is who we have to thank for the existence of Mt. Vernon… In 1853 it was going to be raised to the ground and Ann Pamela Cunningham founded the Mount Vernon Ladies Association to save it from ruin. These ladies raised $250,000, purchased it, and continue to maintain it to this day.

The Sword of South Carolina

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This is the sword of Governor Joseph Emile Harley, the 100th governor of South Carolina. He fought in the Spanish American War and was the only governor to die in the mansion.

The South Carolina Governor Mansion

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When Sherman came through Columbia, he spared three homes – the Lace House, the Caldwell-Boylston House, and this officers’ duplex. After the war, this building was converted into the governor’s mansion in 1868.

Walking Cowpens Battlefield

September 5, 2016 with No Comments and Posted in News, War for Independence by

Walking the Cowpens Battlefield Trail. This was one of the Patriots’ greatest victories in the war, weakening Cornwallis’ army leading to its eventual capture at Yorktown. #revwar #huzzah #americanrevolution #history #cowpens

Exploring King’s Mountain Battlefield

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At Kings Mountain, where the Over-Mountain men charged up the rocky slopes capturing an entire Tory army. 

Camden Battlefield

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Our first stop… Camden Battlefield. The Continental Army under Horatio Gates was routed by Lord Cornwallis, due to inexperienced militia having to face the disciplined regulars of the British army. A brave commander in the continental army – Baron DeKalb, stood his ground, but tragically died after receiving 11 wounds. One militia general called it “the greatest panic … that ever I had an opportunity of seeing before; a more complete defeat could not possibly have taken place… In short picture it as bad as you possibly can and it will not be as bad as it really is.”

Follow Us Through South Carolina!

September 5, 2016 with No Comments and Posted in News by

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South Carolina State House

Through the next week, the Discerning History team will be touring historic South Carolina. We will travel throughout the state, and into northern Georgia, visiting battlefields, historic churches, forts, and period homes. Visit with us the sites of some dramatic battles of the Revolutionary War, such as King’s Mountain and Cowpens. We will visit Fort Pulaski, complete with moat and ramparts, and tour the city of Savannah. We’ll explore the beautiful city of Charleston and it’s history, from Fort Sumter to the H. L. Hunley, the first militarily successful submarine.

You can join us virtually on this trip on Instagram @DiscerningHistory, or here on the Discerning History blog.