Friday, March 14, 2014
As the nation marks the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation commemorates history 150 years ago with a living history of Horry and Georgetown counties.
A small group of reenactors from the US Army 1860, 3rd US Infantry Civil War Reenactors, Inc., will be at Hobcaw Barony on March 15.
Georgetown County and the plantations of Hobcaw Barony were greatly affected by the war’s preparation, duration and results, which wreaked havoc on the economy and freed 90 percent of the population by ending slavery.
While most fighting occurred elsewhere, the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown harbor bore the brunt and scars of skirmishes, raids and loss of property.
Uniformed soldiers and officers of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry will be encamped in the woods of the plantation and plan to share the history of the period, discuss what led S.C. to be the first state to secede from the Union and how the military responded to the governmental crisis.
A Confederate re-enactor will be present and an African American interpreter of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Troops discusses the brief period of time that group spent stationed in Georgetown in 1865.
Michael Glazier, a CPA from Murrells Inlet and leader of the non-profit educational reenactors and the group’s members research, write and interpret both Union and Confederate statements on the subject of slavery for these reenactments,
During their presentations, the reenactors discuss uniforms, equipment, weapons and guns. Firing and drill demonstrations, as well as battle tactical planning, help visitors understand the training which occurred in camp.
A sometimes humorous display involves “pay call,” a living history reenactment of U.S. Army pay day for the troops. Leisure time activities and foodways, including free samples of “hardtack,” are part of the day, as visitors walk through camp and see artifact and touch tables, as well as posters and displays about the war.
The public is invited to participate and hear Lee Brockington’s brief overview of the war and its local effect on the area, then travel by shuttle buses to the encampment site. Shuttles to the camp are provided by Trista Hindman and Hobcaw volunteers. Visitors typically remain in camp about an hour, although lingering is allowed before returning to the Discovery Center.
Come relive history at Hobcaw Barony at this outdoor program. Reservations are required. Dress for the weather, bring cameras and bug spray if needed. Cost is $10 per adult (free under 12). For reservations, call 843-546-4623.