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Union Army takes over Beaufort’s Arsenal
March 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Beaufort History Museum will present the third edition of its popular Living History Encampment on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Arsenal courtyard. Union forces that occupied Beaufort during the Civil War after the Battle of Port Royal Sound (Nov. 7, 1861) will be brought to life by more than 20 re-enactors arriving from several states.
They will stage an encampment in the walled courtyard space and provide a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to interact with the soldiers, to participate as soldiers themselves and receive orders to join regiments, and to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War. The Museum is partnering with other Beaufort organizations, including the Beaufort County Library, to plan and conduct the weekend’s educational events. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.
The Encampment, featuring re-enactors in full period dress, will create displays of various impressions through the Civil War period with special focus on the role of the Beaufort/Port Royal area.
There will be displays of South Carolina militia from 1860-61 centering on the role of militia and the defense of the Port Royal Harbor in 1861, and the subsequent defense of the mainland. Also featured will be Federal military impressions, including infantry, marine and naval forces that used Beaufort as a base of operations during the war. The role
of civilian abolitionists and teachers involved in the Port Royal Experiment and the early transitions made with the Freedmen will be shown as well.