Forty-two members and guests of the Cumberland Plough Boys, Black River Tigers, and the Hoke-McLauchlin Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp visited Charleston. The group took a walking tour of Historic Charleston which was highlighted by a visit to the Confederate Museum.
The Confederate Museum has an impressive collection of original artifacts from the War Between the States (more commonly but incorrectly called the Civil War). Original Items included Regimental Flags, Confederate War Bonds, Confederate Uniforms, Canteens, UCV Reunion Medals, UDC Convention Badges, Photographs, and even a lock of hair from General Robert E. Lee. The collection is impressive and I can honestly say if all 42 people got together, we still could not accurately describe all of the items. While I understand the no photography restriction, I do wish the U.D.C. would hire a professional photographer to photograph all of the items and create a souvenir book for sale. I certainly will visit the museum again when I can have much longer to look over every item.
In the afternoon, the group visited the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to view the remains of the Hunley. The Hunley was the first submarine to successfully sink an opposing ship in battle. The Hunley certainly was one of the first innovations to lead to our modern day submarine. The process of retrieving the submarine from the ocean and preserving it today are quite impressive. It is only surpassed, by the bravery and sacrifice given by the members of its three crews.
Below you will see a photo of the “New Hunley Crew” made up of members of all three SCV Camps. The photo is taken of a replica of the original vessel. Further below, you will get an appreciation of the minuteness of size of the Hunely’s Hatch. Ken Bell, who is rather slender, had quite a time getting through it.
The New Hunley Crew
Ken Bell squeezes through hatch of the Hunley replica