Charleston Remembers the War


Friday, April 08, 2011

Battle of Secessionville The Battle of Secessionville, fought in Charleston in the summer of 1862, is still remembered today. (Kerrie Hillman)

We know that the North and South remember the Civil War differently. But there aren't just two versions of the war: there’s practically a different version for every person doing the remembering. Studio 360’s Kerrie Hillman traveled to where the shooting started — Charleston, South Carolina — to see how history lives on for people there.






Slideshow: Charleston and the Civil War

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In Charleston, South Carolina, Jeannette Gaillard-Lee weaves baskets as a way to commemorate her ancestors who worked on nearby plantations.

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Jeannette Gaillard-Lee completed the basket on the left - the one on the right was made by her mother. The craft was brought over by her ancestors from Africa, and has been passed down through her family over generations.

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Tools of Gaillard-Lee's trade.

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Randy Burbage, the President of the Confederate Heritage Trust – which preserves battlefields and artifacts of the Confederacy – kneels in front of the Charleston grounds where the Battle of Secessionville was fought in the summer of 1862. His great, great-grandmother's younger brother was killed in the battle.

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Today, the grounds of the Battle of Secessionville are nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood, barely visible to passers-by. It is often a struggle to keep kids from climbing on, or riding their bikes over, what remains of the fort. 

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Randy Burbage stands next to a monument honoring the soldiers who fell at the Battle of Secessionville. At the end of the battle, there were 200 Confederate casualties, 50 of whom died that night.

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Joseph Riley, who was raised in Charleston and now serves as Mayor of the city, remembers childhood visits to Fort Sumter and the view of the picturesque steeples that characterized the Charleston skyline.

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Comments [2]

Anne L.

One thing missing in the coverage: the tourism industry is responsible for the everpresent history. This is why people visit Charleston - for the historic feel and the preserved architecture. It's about our economy.

Apr. 12 2011 10:38 AM
reba brown from augusta,ga

I listened to this show today on the radio and enjoyed it very much. As a born and bred south Carolinian, I appreciated the way you protrayed this important event and historical happening. too often we are described as" bible thumpers who sleep with their children and are ignorant as well".
We all forget the importance of this era and the lasting impact it has had on all of us.

Apr. 09 2011 09:44 AM

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