12 April 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago.....

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, S.C.

One hundred and fifty years ago, cannons firing in the harbor started the Civil War. I've missed most of the events recognizing the occasion including the sunrise service at the Battery this morning but when I got home in time to walk down to the waterfront this evening I headed out marching. I spotted Mary Elizabeth Booth posing for pictures in front of a cannon. She said she couldn't bear staying in Orangeburg while there where shots being fired in Charleston.

There was a small crowd gathered around the waterfront waving off the "no see ums", a party was going on in one of the mansions but truthfully, the most serious danger Fort Sumter was in this evening was from cannon fire from the Yacht Club.