I have to say that at this point, Charleston is one of my favorite stops. The town and the people have a wonderful southern charm.
As usual we levitate to the water, so one of our first stops was the riverwalk. The great thing here is that they let you play in the fountains. It was great watching the kids run in the water.
We spent two or three hours walking and driving the streets in the historic district looking at the houses. They were truly beautiful.
Our next stop was Fort Sumter. This fort was a strategic stronghold protecting the Charleston Bay and waterways that were the lifeline for food and ammunitions during the Civil War. It is said that Maj. Robert Anderson was surrendering to the Confederates, when a man named Pvt. Daniel Hough (Union Soldier) tamped down the gunpowder in his rifle and it exploded killing him. He was considered the first human casualty of the Civil War.
The Storm Flag, still standing when Anderson surrendered, was taken to New York with the rest of Anderson’s men. Soon after the surrender, the flag went on a national tour to drum up support for Union forces. On that tour, the flag began to fade, and a face appeared just to the right of the center star. Men who served in Battery E of the 1st U.S. Artillery Regiment had identified the face as the bearded Daniel Hough’s, still wearing his U.S. Army cap. Take a look at the picture!!
Next..Boone Hall Plantation. The entrance to this plantation is a long driveway canopied with oaks. It had to have been in a hundred civil war pictures. There are nine slave cabins with history of the plantation, life, and lives of some of the slaves. An interesting thing that we learned was that the slaves would communicate what was going on, on the plantation by song, so the "Masters" didn't know. For instance..the song "Wade in the Water" would be telling everyone, that a slave was going to try to escape by means of the river.
A lady from the University gave a talk on the Gulah or Geechee language, which is a creole language based on English with strong influences from West and Central African languages. The mansion was very interesting. They keep afloat by tourism, many special events, and weddings.
The next day we were off to the "Blessing of the Fleet". Once a year a Catholic priest and Jewish rabbi, go to the end of the pier, which is 1/2 mile long, and bless each boat as it passes wishing for a bountiful and safe year. There are bands, and shrimp cooked everyway possible.