Marie McAden



Re-enactments bring Civil War history to life

Posted 1/5/2014 2:25:00 PM

Want to learn more about the American Civil War? There’s nothing like the earth-shaking boom of a cannon and the thunder of artillery fire to bring the four-year bloody conflict to life. 

Each year, South Carolina plays host to at least a dozen reenactments of key Civil War battles that took place on state soil. The first of 2014 will be the Battle of Pocotaligo Jan. 25 and 26 in Yemassee.

Celebrating its 29th year, the outdoor event duplicates the Oct. 21, 1862, battle down to the smallest recorded detail. Re-enactors from the Col. Charles Colcock Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Camp 2100 and the South Carolina Palmetto Battalion will dress in period clothing and cook, eat and even “die” just as real Civil War soldiers would have.

The battle began when a Union force of 4,200 men under the command of Gen. John Brannan marched on the village of Pocotaligo with plans to destroy the Charleston and Savannah Railroad in an effort to hinder the Confederate war effort.

They were met by a band of 450 Confederates led by Col. W.S. Walker. Using trench-works created by Gen. Robert E. Lee to protect the south’s all-important railroad supply line, the stalwart soldiers were able to stop the federal advance.

Re-enactors will recreate the conflict at Frampton Plantation, a charming 1868 Lowcountry farmhouse that now serves as the Lowcountry Visitor’s Center and Museum. The Yemassee estate, located on U.S. 17 just east of Interstate 95, features a portion of the original Civil War earthworks erected by Lee some 150 years ago.

Tickets to the event are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 and younger. For more information on the Civil War Reenactment of the Battle of Pocotaligo, click here.