Battle of Pocotaligo Re-Enactment Dec. 7 - 9

Re-enactments can be such fun! Here's a chance to attend one in our own backyard next weekend that has direct connection to our local Civil War history.

On Oct. 21, 1862, 4400 federals sailed out of Hilton Head up the Broad River with intentions to destroy the tracks and bridges of the Charleston to Savannah Railroad, vital rails in the Confederate war effort. 675 Confederates held them at bay until reinforced by the Charleston Light Dragoons forcing the Yankees to return to Hilton Head with the rail line intact. At Pocotaligo, the 12th SC Volunteer Infantry first “saw the elephant”.

Palmetto Battalion is sponsoring a re-enactment of the Battle at Pocotaligo December 7-9, 2012 at Frampton Plantation (Lowcountry Visitors Center), Exit 33 off I-95 at Point South. Camps will be open to public on Friday 9:00 - 4:00, Saturday 8:30-5:30 and Sunday 8:30-4:00. A school day event is planned on Friday for local students. Battle scenarios are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Fee.

For additional information about activities and pricing, see the Palmetto Battalion website,http://www.palmettobattalion.org, email garrygrichardson13@yahoo.com or webmaster@battleofhoneyhill.org, or call 843-717-3090.

To learn more about the Civil War in our area check out the links off http://www.battleofhoneyhill.org/pocotaligo.html and 150th Anniversary of the Skirmish of Pocotaligo and 68 other entries tagged "Civil War" in the Connections blog http://beaufortdistrictcollectionconnections.blogspot.com. To learn more about the role of the railroad, check out Vital Rails by H. David Stone from the local history sections (call number 973.7757 STO).

Heads up: In September 2013, "The Civil War 150," a national traveling exhibition, will be on display in the 2nd floor lobby, just outside the BDC Research Room doors. Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America this exhibition is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Beaufort County Library is planning a host of free programs and other public events in connection with the exhibit as "One County Reads the Civil War," September 9 - October 19th. Expect to hear more over the coming months about this system-wide project.