Honestly, photos would not inspire.
We toured familiar Lowcountry areas which may seem boringly familiar to the
casual observer yet are ripe with history.
Thirty four KING members
attended the bus trip on Thursday January 25. It was a sunny cool day,
perfect for a relaxing ride around the area. Our speaker, Doug Bostick,
was extremely knowledgeable and full of entertaining stories. Doug is the
Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation
Trust. There are many Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites in South
Carolina; unfortunately some have been destroyed. Since 1991 The Trust has
been working with property owners, developers and communities to both
acquire properties and accept conservation easements to protect our
important historic resources for future generations.
We started out at the site of the battle of Haulover Cut, just outside the
traffic circle at the entrance to Freshfields Village. This was a Civil War
battle which took place in February, 1864. We then drove to Stono Ferry in
the town of Hollywood. Part of the Stono Ferry golf course is built on the
site of a Revolutionary battle. The battle of Stono Ferry took place in
June, 1779. We visited nearby Wide Awake Plantation which is now a Public
Park. British soldiers camped right by this park. Lastly we drove to the
site of the battle of Burdenís Causeway on River Rd. This Civil War battle
was fought over control of the creek. The site is situated on farmland, and
looks just like it did back in July, 1864. Doug pointed out a copse of
trees where he and an archaeologist found shells and bullets still embedded
in the trees. The copse also contained a burial ground, one of a number in
Interestingly, many of the roads we traverse today were major trails back
in those days and still retain their original names, such as Bohicket,
Plowground, River and Edenvale Roads. Bohicket is an Indian name.
At the end of the tour we all received a printout with maps and pictures.
The maps show extensive details of the battlegrounds we visited, marking
routes the participating armies took along with names of regiments and in
some cases their commanding officers. Armed with this information we can
all become guides to our visiting friends and impress them with our
Doug Bostick is the author of 26 books which can be purchased at Indigo
Bookstore in Freshfields Village.