Short drive to Folly Beach Island and James Island to look for markers and revisit to Forts Johnson and Fort Lamar.
After driving around the Island we finally located the marker in a city park by the bridge on Center Street. Folly Island was occupied by Union troops 1863-1865. General Wild's "African Brigade" made up of mostly free blacks from the 55th Massachusetts and former slaves from the 1st NC. A cemetery was laid out for soldiers who died here. Most of the graves were removed after the war. In 1987 relic hunters discovered additional graves of the US Colored Troops. Archaeologists removed 19 burials and reburied with military honors in Beaufort National Cemetery in 1989.
We then drove to James Island and a visit to Fort Lamar, which had eluded us on previous visits. We just happened to see a sign on our way to Folly Island. Fort Lamar is now part of the Heritage Preserve. It was here that the Battle of Secessionville was fought on 16 June 1862 known as the First Battle of James Island. Confederate forces defeated the Union in their attempt to capture Charleston by land. All that remains today are the breastworks and some signage. We noticed a dig by the magazine was happening.
|Battle of Secessionville 1862|
|Earthworks FT Lamar|
|Marsh Area FT Lamar|
|Battle of Secessionville Plaque|
We then drove to Fort Johnson on James Island. It was from here that the first shot of the Civil War was fired on 12 April 1861 over Fort Sumter. Our last visit was in 2012. All that remains today is the Magazine and Cisterns. The fort was first established during the Colonial Period as part of the Harbor Defense of Charleston in 1630-1775. During the Revolutionary War Colonel WM Moultrie raised the SC flag in 1775-1808. In 1794-1808 it was repaired and ordered as part of the First System fortification. During the Civil War 1861-1865 Confederate troops occupied the fort. In 1864 the Confederates repulsed 2 Union regiments. In 1865 the fort was evacuated on 17 Feb 1865 as General Sherman approached Charleston in his famous march to the sea.
|View of Ft Sumter from Ft Johnson|
In 1970 most of the fort was transferred to the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.
On another note: the campground and surrounding areas are deluged with pine yellow pollen. Everyone says spring came early this year and this certainly proves it. Fortunately we will be able to wash the RV before we leave on the 15th. The campground charges $10 for a do it yourself wash. Wish most campgrounds had this option. This will probably be our last wash for a while.
This week I finally got caught up with my travel photos DVD's..60 and 18,000 photos. Unfortunately, DVD's don't last forever and someday they will be for naught.