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 Posted: Sat May 5th, 2007 06:06 pm
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trench nerd

Joined: Sat Apr 28th, 2007
Location: South Carolina USA
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In coastal SC most of the evidence of Federal Occupation is gone although there are many sites in Beaufort as well as Charleston associated with the war, and many buildings used by the occupying forces. Much of the battlefields are in private hands, same with almost all of the earthworks in the coastal areas. There are some you can drive to in the Beaufort and Charleston areas.

Coosawatchie and Pocotaligo were both "running" skirmishes and small battles and cover a large area. There again mostly on private property, but there are a few historical markers around. You can stop in at the KOA Campground in Point South and the owner can direct you to a number of visitable sites in the area. Take a good highway map for directions.

The vast majority of the Honey Hill battlefield and earthworks are on a private plantation. They are still in good condition, but other than a few historical markers there is not much to see on public property. You can see some of the earthworks from Hwy 462 but don't go off the road. I would estimate 90% of all existing sites are in private hands with no guarantee of protection.

Rivers Bridge is a State Park. A little out of the way but a really great place to visit. If you go on a week day you may be the only one there. Follow the signs to the Memorial grounds as well.

While everyone knows of Ft. Sumter an even better place to visit is Ft. Moultrie on Sullivans Island. Easily reached by car adjacent to Charleston. Good little museum and a good job interperating the fort and the siege of Charleston.

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