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14 Apr 2015
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…of the end of the Civil War  -  or as southerners like to call it, the War of Northern Aggression.

April 14th is a pretty momentous day… and this year, it’s the 150th anniversary of two major events that happened on the same day.

If you’ve been to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, either our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, chances are you ventured over to the historic Charleston peninsula.  That is one of the perks of staying in a Charleston beach house, after all.  You likely caught a glimpse of a little something out in the harbor with a flag on it.

Fort Sumter is where the not-so-Civil War started, and Major General Robert Anderson was forced to lower the United States flag when he surrendered to Confederate forces on April 14, 1861.

Fast-forward exactly four years… and we find ourselves at April 14, 1865, 150 years ago.  On that day, President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton planned a ceremonial re-raising of the United States flag over Fort Sumter.  It was to be quite an event filled with symbolism, ushering in healing for the nation.   “After four years of fighting, Lincoln wanted to ‘bind up the nation’s wounds,’ and this event was the beginning of that process,” explained Timothy Stone, Superintendent of Fort Sumter.

Tragically, on that very same day, President Lincoln was assassinated.

On this, the anniversary of both, several events are happening that commemorate the end of the nation’s deadliest war and the first American president assassinated while in office.

The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center downtown at Liberty Square currently has a special free exhibit entitled, "Re-Union: Re-Raising the United States Flag over Fort Sumter.”  It features artifacts on loan from the Ford’s Theater National Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Morristown National Historic Park and the Massachusetts Historical Society, including a bloodstained piece of linen from the Petersen House, where Lincoln was taken after having been shot.

The exhibit will be up through October 19th.  Liberty Square is an easy drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC, whether you’re in Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC or a luxury house on Isle of Palms.  It’s next to the SC Aquarium, which is another great Lowcountry attraction.

Also, this coming Saturday, April 18th, there’ll be a special Fort Sumter Trust Civil War Symposium  “A Just and Lasting Peace Among Ourselves? Lessons on the 150th Anniversary on the End of the American Civil War.”  This series of free lectures will take place at 10:00 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. at the historic Dock Street Theater.  That’s on Church Street and is also convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, both Isle of Palms luxury rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

Then, on Sunday, April 19th, there will be a special public memorial service honoring the Civil War dead at 3:00 p.m. at Hampton Park.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., there will be a free concert in White Point Gardens (down at the Battery) featuring bands from the School of the Arts and Burke High.

There’s also a temporary exhibit at both Liberty Square and Fort Moultrie (on Sullivan’s Island) with 3D images of Civil War photographs of the original 1865 flag re-raising ceremony.

And here’s one of the coolest things to look for: from now through April 19th, there will be dramatic lighting emanating from Fort Sumter, which you’ll be able to see from all around the harbor.  Two huge light beams become one as they symbolize the reunification of the country.

So if you are here in the Lowcountry, check it out.  This is a place where history is all around us, and it comes back alive more often than you might think.

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All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger