We will meet at the parking lot on North Palmetto Fort Drive. We will walk along the defensive lines designed by General Robert E. Lee in 1861 for about 1.5 miles till we reach Fort Palmetto. Lots of opportunities for bird watching and the beautiful live oaks of the Lowcountry. We will stop at several spots along the trail to discuss the building of the fortifications and the plantation located at this site. Upon reaching Fort Palmetto, we will discuss the design of the fortification, its purpose and history. We will have a great view of Hamlin Sound from the top of the fort.
I am retired military (Navy) and have a Masters in History, particularly specializing in the history of South Carolina from the Proprietary Period through the Civil War. I grew up in Mount Pleasant and many of my ancestors were active in the defense of South Carolina and the building of the defensive lines of Mount Pleasant in 1861/2. I have done extensive reading and research in local archives and the National Archives on Union and Confederate forces/personnel fighting in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
A brochure will be provided will additional information and historical resources.
Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission, “Fort Palmetto,” Mount Pleasant Historical, accessed July 22, 2019, http://mountpleasanthistorical.org/items/show/80.
Exploring Lee's Defensive Lines & Fort