Charleston

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
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Trip End Feb 03, 2008


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Thursday, November 1, 2007

We were enjoying Charleston, and our accommodation, so much that we extended our stay by a day.  We also reviewed our draft itinerary and mentally took a sharp red pen to it as we decided we preferred to follow the example of our surrounds and set an even more leisurely pace.  We decided we would not drive so far west but instead skip Alabama - maybe that will be another holiday which could also include Kentucky and Bluegrass music.

Today we took a boat trip across to Fort Sumter.  There are no photos of today's adventures because for the first time in history, Tom forgot to reunite his camera with its battery after recharging the battery. Fort Sumter is where it is claimed "the Civil War began".  After South Carolina seceded from the Union, Union forces still manned forts in the area.  The Union commander moved to Fort Sumter, which was still being built, as he believed it was better situated to defend.  The South considered this an act of war so, after a few months of waiting for a peaceful outcome, fired on the Fort.  The Union forces had to surrender as they were outnumbered and the Confederates held the Fort until near the end of the war.  The Unions kept it under siege for over 500 days, one of the longest sieges in modern warfare, finally retaking possession late in the war.  Our tour guide made much of the fact that the Fort did not surrender, that it was never captured by the North - instead the Confederate soldiers left under cover of darkness and the Union forces saw next day that the Confederate flag was no longer flying over the Fort and so entered it.  They then marched into Charleston and the Mayor sent a representative with a letter of surrender.
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