Civil War Topics at BCHS and Penn Center on Thursday

Beaufort County Historical Society presents Joseph McGill, a Civil War re-enactor with Company "I" of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, at Noon on Thursday, Feb 9th. All meetings are held at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend at no charge. This event is in partnership with the SC Humanities Council.

The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award-winning movie Glory. As a Civil War re-enactor, Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures, and battle reenactments.

Mr. McGill is a member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the African American Historical Alliance, and a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Please RSVP to Pamela Ovens 843-785-2767 by Feb. 6th at 5 pm for a $10 optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington served at 11:30 prior to the meeting.

The Library has a lot of information about the United States Colored Troops. Last year for Black History Month, we compiled a list of materials that we had on the role of African-Americans during the Civil War. Click here to see the extensive list.(Some of the items are available on the web!)

In addition, Joseph McGill will participate that evening in a Civil War Symposium being held at Penn Center:

These lectures will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Darrah Hall. The Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle W. St. Helena, SC

Dr. Eric Emerson: "The Ordinance of Secession"
Dr. Abel Bartley: "The Causes of the War"
Nicole Green: "Slavery in South Carolina"
Rosalyn Brown: "The Port Royal Experiment"

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.