When: Fri., June 28, 10 a.m. 2013
Sure, there was that war in Charleston, which seems to steal our local history’s attention, but let’s not forget South Carolina’s role in the Revolutionary War. It was kind of impressive. To honor South Carolina’s importance, gunshots and cannon blasts will fire away at Fort Moultrie for Carolina Day, which celebrates the victorious battle of Sullivan’s Island against the British. During the battle, Col. William Moultrie prevented the Redcoats from overtaking the fort even though his troops were outgunned and outmanned. The demonstrations will include 18th-century weapons, children’s musket drills, and representation of camp life as it was in 1776. National Park Service chief ranger Dawn Davis says, “All the reenactors are volunteers. They provide their own equipment and uniforms, and some of them do multiple war era reenactments. They really help bring history alive.” The reenactors will be available between events to answer questions and display their 18th-century gear. The Palmetto Society and S. C. Historical Society will also sponsor a morning church service at St. Michael’s Church downtown, followed by a parade from Washington Park to White Point Gardens, where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony.