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The summer of 1863 witnessed three massive campaigns (Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Charleston) that sharply affected the outcome of the Civil War. The Beaufort County Historical Society is sponsoring a free lecture with Beaufort's own historian rock stars to commemorate the significance of the role our area played in "The Campaign for Charleston" as the Federal Army and Navy's logistical and medical center.
The attack on Charleston, which originated from the Beaufort, Port Royal and Hilton Head Island areas, introduced a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery. It involved extensive use of ironclad vessels as a combined northern army/navy task force tried to sweat the Confederates off Morris Island and capture Battery Wagner. It involved Confederate Generals P.T.G. Beauregard and Ambrosio Gonzales as well as Beaufort natives Stephen Elliott and Alfred Rhett. The campaign was a major testing ground for African American troops including the 54th Massachusetts.
Event Name: "The Campaign for Charleston" with Dr. Stephen Wise and Dr. Larry Rowland
Short Description of Event: Learn why Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, and Port Royal were the staging ground for the assault on Battery Wagner, the hospital base of the Union wounded, and the final resting place for many of the Union dead.
Time and Date of Event: Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 7 PM
Location of Event: USC-B Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Open to the general public.
Contact info: Mary Lou Brewton, BCHS President, 912-604-3634
Website: http://beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org/newsandevents.html 
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Assault on Battery Wagner by attending this free lecture brought to you by the Beaufort County Historical Society! Doing so will get you prepared for the arrival of the "Civil War 150" traveling exhibit developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stay tuned for more about our "One County Reads the Civil War" project, coming in September.