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 Posted: Wed Apr 8th, 2009 12:41 am
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I'm leaving Saturday for a 5-day trip to the Charleston SC/Savannah GA area.  I already have plans to see Ft. Sumter, the Hunley, and, of course, the historic districts in both cities and a plantation.  Does anyone have other suggestions for specific historic sites--especially related to the Civil War era?  Are there any sites related to Sherman's March?  It'll be my first time in these areas.

 



 Posted: Wed Apr 8th, 2009 02:21 am
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Angel Oak is just south of Charleston, IMO it is a must see. If you go, get DETAILED directions.

Take a tour of the Customs House as well as a walk along the Battery. Rainbow Row is easy to walk or drive by and is worth it. There is also Charles Town Landing, a very interesting place, the first Charleston. The Citadel and Patriots Point are also well worth a visit. As for food... plenty of good options, I favor the Blind Tiger/Four Corner Cafe as it was a place I frequented w/ a friend many a time, it holds a special place in my heart.

Enjoy the place... it is my favorite part of the Carolinas.



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I echo what Johan says about Charleston. Don't hesitate to take a carriage ride, either. It might be a bit touristy, but then, you get to see a lot that you might could investigate more thoroughly on your own later. Lots of walking tours, too.

In Savannah, there's Sherman's headquarters (you can navigate this site for other Savannah CW opportunities):
http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc6/savannah5.htm

And also Fort Pulaski:
http://www.nps.gov/fopu/

And Fort McAllister:
http://www.gastateparks.org/net/content/go.aspx?s=24.0.0.5

Savannah has tons of great places to eat, including Paula Deen's Lady and Sons:
http://www.ladyandsons.com/

And Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room:
http://www.savannahoffthebeatenpath.com/Food/mrs__wilke's.htm

Take me with you. Please.

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I echo everything the guys say but add out on James Island is Fort Lamar small but interesting to see the earthworks there. 

I will be there in June, need my Charleston fix.  I agree the carriage tour maybe be touristy but worth the money.  Only way to see the houses.  Fort Moultrie is another place to visit and when you see the Hunley go out to Magnolia Cemetery to see the graves of all the crews.

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Plantation see Drayton Hall it is as it was during the Civil War.  Boone Hill is rebuilt , as are the others.  Drayton is not .  It is the real thing.  Was a small pox hospital when Sherman came though so left alone.

 



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While in Savannah, check out the home of Confederate General Hugh Mercer.  His grandson Johhny Mercer was the famous song writer. The house is featured in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" directed by Clint Eastwood and based on a true murder case that took place in that house. Jude Law plays the murder victim. Johnny Mercer's song "Skylark" is the theme song of the movie.

In Charleston, if you are so inclined, the very place where you pick up the boat to Fort Sumter also has an amazing display of US Navy ships including an aircraft carrier you can tour, a diesel submarine and a replica of a Viet Nam army outpost.



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Thank you--these all sound perfect--now, as long as I can fit it all into 5 days, I'm all set!!



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If you like nautical stuff there is an interesting ships museum in Savannah proper.  It's not that far of a walk from River Street. 

Plus, Nathaniel Greene is buried in Savannah.  The state of Georgia gave him a plantation at Mulberry after the Revolution.

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Haven't been to the area for a while, but "must sees" are Sherman's headquarters, Ft. McAllister and Drayton Hall. I would add that while you are at Drayton Hall, go a little further to the Middleton Plantation -wonderfully renovated grounds and a great family history. Have fun on your trip.



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Well, I'm back from my trip to Charleston and Savannah, and I have to say that it was even better than I expected it to be!   Thanks to everyone who suggested things to do--I didn't have enough time to see everything--I wish I could have spent at least a week in each place rather than 3 days.

One funny thing is that I stood at the Battery in Charleston looking out at Ft. Sumter the evening that I first arrived.  It wasn't until 2 days later that I put 2-and-2 together and realized it was the anniversary!!  I was there both on the night of April 11th, and the next morning, too!

I also took a fantastic guided Civil War walk while I was there.  Also, while at Ft. Moultrie, I asked about Ft. Wagner and was told it's being "taken over" by the elements.  I found that interesting, and would like to find out more about that another time.  I'll probably go to just Charleston on my April vacation next year (for the week), and then to Savannah on my April vacation the next year.



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Fort Wagner as I have been told is gone, it is in the water eroded by the ocean over the years.  Nothing is left on land.  It you go to Morris Island and look at the lighthouse it was part of the island at one time and now is out to sea.  So I am sure that is what they were telling you at Fort Moultrie. Susan  

Glad you had a good time .   Yep just checked national park site and here is the answer :

"A barrier island Morris island has suffered from hurricane and storm erroison .  As a result Battery Wagner and the other Union and Confederate fortifications on the ocean side of the island  no longer survive .  The film Glory was filmed in Georgia"

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Oh, I love Charleston. The thing that kills me is Castle Pinkney. It's just sitting there rotting, slowly bring reclaimed by the elements.



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