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Civil War artillery shell found in Charleston



CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Airmen from Joint Base Charleston and Department of Defense personnel removed a Civil War-era artillery shell from a downtown Charleston construction site.

Construction crews working the site at 94 Wentworth Street made the discovery at approximately 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis. Police describe the unearthed piece of history is an explosive shell, or an ordnance. It is not a bomb, they say. 

Crews were in the process of moving dirt where plumbing for a future a vegan dining hall is being constructed as part of the Jewish Studies Program at the College of Charleston.

People who live or work in nearby buildings who were asked to leave the immediate area and traffic was rerouted away from the site. The road has reopened and people were allowed back in their buildings shortly after the shell was removed.

Military authorities say the ordnance will be disposed of properly.

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Shelby Foote


Remembering Civil War Historian Shelby Foote

A Compilation Of Sayings Of Shelby Foote  (1916 – 2005)

Foote was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his life until his appearance in Ken Burns's PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was “central to all our lives.”

"It is very necessary if you’re going to understand the American character in the 20th Century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe in the mid-19th Century. It was the crossroads of our being and it was a hell of a crossroads".

Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. was an American historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, a massive, three-volume history of the war.

From The Civil War Parlor on Tumblr



"This video was filmed July 6th, 2013, at the Saturday Night Ball during the commemorative reenactment celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, sponsored and hosted by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. More than 12,000 reenactors and over 25,000 spectators attended the events spread over four days.

In the words of one of those attending: "The ball Saturday evening, hosted by the 2nd South Carolina String Band was the most high-energy and exciting ball I have yet attended. I arrived at the end, and was told to stay around afterwards for some "ruckus." The 2nd South Carolina broke out into, arguably, the most catchy song ever: "Southern Soldier." After every verse, the Rebel Yell screamed louder and louder, to a volume I have never heard even on a battlefield up to that point; it truly made the hair stand straight and the shine shiver.

It was simply impossible to prevent oneself from joining in, whether Yankee or Rebel. And for the finale, the 2nd SC led the audience in "Dixie." I have never heard the song played and sung by so many people with so much energy. I've always loved both songs, but for the rest of my life, "Southern Soldier" and "Dixie" will continue to give me goosebumps as never before in remembrance of that dance.

FrazierC 1st Sgt. 'The 150th Anniversary GAC Gettysburg Reenactment' This work was created by the 2nd South Carolina String Band in grateful appreciation to all of our friends and fans who have been so kind and supportive over more than 25 years, and as a tribute to all who fought for their cause 150 years ago."

Maine's Confederate Stranger


Unknown Confederate soldier buried in Gray, Maine. Mistakenly sent to the parents of Lt. Charles H. Colley of the 10th Maine by mistake. A short time later the body of the body of Lt. Colley was located and sent as well to his parents. 

Not knowing what to do with the unidentified Confederate and the government distinctly not wanting him back, it was decided to bury the body in the little cemetery at Gray.

Later, a group of ladies of the town
Many of whom had by this time had lost husbands and sons in the war- took up a collection to mark the grave of the lonely soldier buried so far from home.

This simple granite stone stands today almost in the middle of this cemetery, inscribed simply,

"Stranger. A soldier of the late war, died 1862. Erected by the Ladies of Gray,"

When a formal Memorial Day was instituted , the women of Gray placed a Confederate flag on his grave. Members of the G.A.R. Continued placing a Confederate flag on the grave till it was taken over by the Sons.

From Proud of my Confederate Ancestor on Face Book