Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Visit to Fort Sumter

22 February 2018

Today we took the ferry from Liberty Park next to the Aquarium to revisit Fort Sumter. Our last visit was in 2010. The ferry ride is 30 minutes through Charleston Harbor. Weather was not ideal for pictures due to clouds, but OK.

Arrival Ft Sumter

Museum Photo of Fort Today

It is here that the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Union occupied Fort Sumter from James Island on 12 April 1861. The fort was garrisoned by Maj Robert Anderson who moved his 85 troops from Fort Moultrie in December 1860. At that time the fort was still unfinished even though construction started in 1829 as one of a series of coastal fortifications built after the war of 1812 by slave laborers and craftsmen.

Brochure Photo of Fort-1861

Brig. Gen Pierre Beauregard commanded the Confederate forces in Charleston. He had been one of Anderson's students in artillery at West Point in 1837. He did not welcome the thought of firing on his old friend and instructor, but nevertheless the two day battle ensued and Anderson surrendered on 14 April 1861. Surprisingly no one on either side suffered loss and only 5 soldiers suffered injuries. Major Anderson and his garrison marched out of Fort Sumter, boarded a ship for New York having defended Sumter for 34 hours. In the battle,fire destroyed the quarters,gates and magazines. The Civil War had begun.

When the war ended in 1865, the fort was in ruins and bore little resemblance to the fort as it stood in 1861. In the years following, the Army attempted to rebuild the fort. From 1876 to 1897 the fort served mainly as a lighthouse station. Little maintenance was done and the fort fell into more ruins. In 1898 with the impending Spanish-American War, Battery Huger was constructed with the installation of two 12 inch rifles. As the war ended quickly, the guns were never fired.

In the Magazine

Battery Huger

During WW I, a small garrison manned the rifles. During WW II, the fort was once again manned and 90-mm antiaircraft guns were installed. In 1948 the fort was transferred to the NPS and remains as a very popular tourist attraction.

Garrison Flag

Couldn't resist kissing the frog by the Aquarium even though I have my Prince Charming.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Visit to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island

20 February 2018

 Our visit to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island today was our 3rd visit since January 2010. As with previous visits, weather not ideal, but did get some decent photos.

Ravenel Bridge

Sullivan's Island is where tens of thousands Africans arrived during 1700-1775. Some stayed and others were sent to different areas.

 The history of Fort Moultrie goes back to the Revolutionary War of 1776 and continued through the Civil War and WW I and WW II. The first name of the fort was Palmetto named after the logs that comprised the walls. The second fort was built in 1798 of earth and timber and reduced to ruins by storms. Finally in 1809 the present fort was constructed of bricks.


 After South Carolina left the Union, the fort's garrison moved to Fort Sumter and state militia troops occupied Fort Moultrie. On 15 August 1947 the Army lowered the flag for the last time ending 171 years of service.

 Maj General William Moultrie commanded the first battle of 1776 from Fort Palmetto and in his honor the fort name was changed as Charleston was saved from capture.

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 After the Civil War, Fort Moultrie was modernized in the 1870's with rifled cannon and deep concrete bunkers. Sullivan's Island was turned into a military complex.

In 1960 the land was turned over to the NPS and after extensive repair officially opened in 1976 to the public.

On the grounds at the entrance to the Sallyport is the grave of Osceola, the Seminole leader who with his following refused to be relocated. He died here after a short illness. Next to his grave is the Memorial and gravesite of 5 victims from the sinking of the Patapsco in 1864 by a Confederate Mine in Charleston Harbor. There were 62 victims total.

Beyond the parking lot is the gravesite of Maj General Moultrie whose body was brought fromWindsor Hill Plantation in interred.

 John's website fortwiki.com has much more history.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Citadel Awards Parade

17 February 2018

Today we returned to the Citadel to view the Awards Parade.

Two awards were presented..The Society of the Cincinnati Medal that is awarded annually to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the citizen-soldier characteristics of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a Roman farmer who left his plow to fight for the city returning to the plow after the victory. The society began in Fishkill,NY in 1783 after the Revolutionary War honoring the Americans who left their shops and farms to fight.

The MacArthur award is given annually to the senior Cadet who demonstrates outstanding qualities in academic, military and athletic endeavors. The foundation encourages students to practice the qualities of General Douglas MacArthur.

Presenting of Awards

Military parades and reviews can be traced back to Alexander the Great. US Military parades began at Valley Forge. Modern day ceremonies are conducted to inspect troops, render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps. Parades are free and open to the public.

It warms the heart to see these young cadets display honor, dignity and respect. Also discipline and academic achievements.

If only our public and private colleges and universities could instill the same values. It is truly an honor to be accepted at military colleges.

Returning to the campground, took a picture of a C-117 between the trees.

Upper Right Corner