Our scheduled June speaker is unfortunately unavailable for this month’s meeting. Craig Swain, one of our roundtable members, will fill in. Join us on June 11 for another installment in our sesquicentennial themed meetings. The topic is “Charleston in 1863 – An Active Backwater.”
Meeting time: 7:30 PM, June 11, 2013
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Charleston in 1863 – An Active Backwater
When you think of Charleston in the Civil War, thoughts turn to the bombardment of Fort Sumter to start the war. Relegated to “backwater” in most historical overviews of the war, Charleston was in fact a very active theater. Charleston witnessed the full spectrum of 19th century warfare in 1863 – ironclad attacks, the start of submarine warfare, siege operations, heavy bombardments, raids, amphibious assaults, and grand infantry assaults.
The theater also saw some of the first widespread use of US Colored Troops, particularly in the fighting on Morris Island.
One Confederate officer said of Charleston, “If you wish to see war every day and night, this is the place to see it.” This “backwater” was far from an inactive theater.
About our speaker:
Craig Swain is a member of our roundtable. He has contributed articles to Civil War Times and other periodicals. He is currently a member of the Loudoun County Sesquicentennial Steering Committee. His blog, To the Sound of the Guns, features daily articles about the Civil War.