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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”.Read More...

The Atlantic World

One of my favorite sources for ideas for blog entries is a UK based website "The Browser: Writing Worth Reading" and its "FiveBooks Interviews" e-series in which widely acclaimed authors discuss their personal five best book picks on a particular subject. One of the recent "History" interviewees was Bernard Bailyn, professor emeritus at Harvard University and two-time Pulitzer prize winner. He originated the term "Atlantic World" now being used in historic circles to redefine and describe the past. But what does the term "Atlantic World" mean?Read More...

National Day of Listening

Give new meaning to the Day after Thanksgiving. Consider becoming a part of the National Day of Listening, sponsored by NPR's StoryCorps project and others.

The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families.Read More...

Finding Published South Carolina Obituaries

Interested in finding obituaries in SC? A great place to start is the "South Carolina Obituary Resources" page (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/south-carolina-obituary-resources) which we helped create 5 years ago.

The links describe how to get obituaries from various SC counties.

Happy Dead People Hunting!

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