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Charleston, Heart and Soul of the Rebellion

A Weekend Warrior Program

December 1-3, 2017

With Rick Hatcher and Kyle Sinisi from Charleston, SC



Friday, Dec 1st

Welcome to a Weekend Warrior PLUS program. Charleston is just so robust we had to add some afternoon activities. You will not miss anything core to the program if you do not arrive by 1:30 PM. We will depart from the headquarters at that time to travel to Johns Island where Citadel history professor, Kyle Sinisi will meet us for a 90 minute walking tour of the Battle of Bloody Bridge–an engagement we have never seen. Fought July 6-9, 1864 opposite Battery Pringle, initial Federal successes were soon pushed back and the Confederates held the field. We will reassemble at 7 PM for introductory discussions with Rick Hatcher and Kyle Sinisi.

Saturday, Dec 2nd

Today is an immersion in Charleston and the harbor. We will start at 8:15 AM with a walking tour of historic Charleston that includes the Charleston Battery and sites along and surrounding Meeting Street. Following lunch we will head over to James Island–the objective point of Federal efforts to capture the rebellious Gamecocks. Here we will see the bombardment from the perspective of the Confederates in April 1861 at Fort Johnson. We will then study the battlefield at Secessionville–an 1862 attack on the city. Time and light permitting we will see other sites and perhaps Macleod Plantation which has more slave quarters than are found anywhere else. This evening another plus feature will allow us to celebrate the end of the year and the Christmas holiday as we enjoy a Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise–this is no cheesy vendor effort but rather a quality experience relished by visitors and locals looking for a special evening alike.   We will return to the hotel by 9 PM.

Sunday, Dec 3rd

Lets start at 8 AM as we drive to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. In addition to a substantial walking tour and self exploration time there, we will head to Breech Inlet to discuss the attack of the Hunley. We will depart for a tour of Fort Sumter with the insiders and indeed outside perspective of the last NPS historian of the site. We will then return and go to the Warren Lash Conservatory in North Charleston to see the conservation work on the Hunley. Our last stop will be at Magnolia Cemetery– sacred resting place of Charleston Society where the crew members of the Hunley are buried and countless other names of repute repose for the ages. We will finish and return to the hotel by 4 PM.


Rick Hatcher is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and is the retired historian of the Charleston National Historic Monument–having served more than 40 years at 7 different sites. He is the author of numerous books and articles primarily concerning Wilson’s Creek; however, he is now working on publications concerning Charleston and the first shot.

Kyle Sinisi is a Professor of History at The Citadel who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute. Sinisi teaches a popular course on Charleston and the Civil War. Kyle is the author of the definitive work on General Sterling Price’s 1864 Missouri Raid.

Key Publications and Recommended Reading

You will be provided with a reading book and maps upon arrival.

We recommend the following books to enhance your preparation for this tour. has a program to support non profits IF YOU SIGN UP to support Blue and Gray Education Society EIN 54-1720582 at AmazonSmile When you sign up there rather than the normal Amazon site one half of one percent of your purchase price is provided to BGES as a donation from Amazon. This will apply not only on this purchase but others you may make at other times.

  • Robert Rosen: Confederate Charleston, An Illustrated History of the City and the People During the Civil War
  • Maury Klein: Days of Defiance, Sumter, Secession and the Coming of the Civil War
  • Russell McClintock: Lincoln and the Decision for War, The Northern Response to Secession
  • Patrick Brennan: Secessionville, Assault on Charleston
  • James Lee Conrad: The Young Lions
  • Mark K. Ragan: The Hunley
  • Ted and Alice Phillips: City of the Silent: the Charlestonians of Magnolia Cemetery


The hotel for this program will be announced on this site. I am looking at properties in Charleston or perhaps near the airport depending upon price.. The hotel and meals except for lunch and the Saturday night cruise are not included in the registration fee.


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