All across the nation, the National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial Year with special events at its parks nationwide. In Charleston, SC we have three National Park sites including Fort
Sumter National Monument, Fort Moultrie, and Charles Pinckney National Historic
The Battle of Fort Sumter
on April 12 1861 was the first battle of the War Between the States. Fort Moultrie
was built for the War of 1812 but sits on the site of an earlier wooden fort.
That fort, Fort Sullivan, was the primary defense for a city under attack
by the British on June 28,1776. Against
apparently insurmountable odds, the
Patriots won the day. The Battle of Fort Sullivan was the first victory
in the Revolutionary War against a British attack by land and sea. The Charles
Pinckney Historic site is the country seat of Charles Pinckney. A signer of the
US Constitution, 25 clauses in the Constitution are uniquely attributable to
Pinckney, more than any other signer.
As a Centennial Celebration Event, authors have been invited to present and
sign their books that have NPS or park related themes. Offered from the public
auditorium at Fort Moultrie, this NPS Centennial event will connect with new
audiences for the park and create Find Your Park experiences. On 23rd 2016, CL
Bragg will present his book Crescent Moon Over Carolina. March
25th author Grahame Long will present Stolen Charleston: The Spoils of War.
June 25th, Danny Bernstein will present the book Forests, Alligators,
Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South.
And finally on September 24th 2016, we will learn about the book For Brotherhood and Duty: The
Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862 by Brian McEnany. This event is offered in conjunction with the Fourth Saturday
Musket firings in January, March, June and September. For details on National Park Service events in your neighborhood, go to findyourpark.com/find
Charleston Old Walled City Tours offers themed tours od Historic Charleston including the Old Walled City Tour, the Home and Garden Tour, the Slavery and Freedom Tour, and the Charleston Ghost Walk. Go to www.walledcitytours.come to learn more!