Civil War Related Events

Civil War history fans have a broad variety of options over the next 2 weeks to satisfy their cravings to learn more about this pivotal event in United States history. Some opportunities are free. Some opportunities require tickets. Some opportunities require the payment of fees.

Port Royal Plantation is hosting a re-enactment event and lectures on Sat., Nov. 5th.

On the true anniversary of the Battle of Port Royal, Mon., Nov. 7th, we are hosting Mike Coker, author of the Battle of Port Royal in Bluffton Branch at 2 pm and again at 6:30pm in Frissell Hall, Penn Center. During the evening author book/talk, sale and signing session at Penn Center, Coker will be joined by Dr. Larry Rowland and Stephen Hoffius, editors of the Civil War in South Carolina, and Neil Baxley, author of No Prouder Fate. Penn Center is co-sponsor of the evening session.

On Thurs., Nov. 10th Kristine Dunn Johnson, author of No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries of South Carolina will share some of the history of the Beaufort US National Cemetery at the Beaufort County Historical Society meeting held in the Yacht Club on Lady's Island beginning at Noon.

Fri., Nov. 11th USC-B, Penn Center, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are co-sponsoring a Civil War symposium at the USC Performing Arts Center, 9 am - Noon.

  • Civil War photography expert, Bob Zeller, will present rare 3D digitized stereographs of President Abraham Lincoln, his inauguration, the White House, the hanging of the assassination conspirators, and many of the most famous Civil War battlefields, like Antietam and Gettysburg, taken by famous Civil War photographers. The audience gets to wear 3D glasses. The show also includes three of the earliest photographs of St. Helena Island. Zeller will autograph his new book, Lincoln in 3D.
  • The Battle of Port Royal—“The Day of Big Gun Shoot” Presenter: Dr. Stephen Wise, Dir. of Parris Island Museum. November 7, 1861 heralded one of the earliest amphibious operations of the Civil War in the South. Dr. Wise expertly narrates the course of the military strategies implemented by the Union forces and the Confederacy and the unfolding of war in Beaufort, South Carolina and surrounding Sea Islands.
  • Dr. Lawrence Rowland, co-editor of “The Civil War in SC” will discuss and sign his latest book.

The Civil War Symposium is a component of Penn Center's Annual Heritage Days celebration.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.