Company I, 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment

On Monday, July 18, 2011, Civil War reenactors will commemorate the 148th anniversary of the Assault on Battery Wagner. Volunteer reenactors from Company I, 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment will honor the men that participated in that historic battle on July 18, 1863. The event will occur on Morris Island, SC and the public is invited to attend.

The boat for the one-hour event will leave from the Charleston Maritime Center (10 Wharfside Street, downtown Charleston) at 3:00 pm, and return at 5:00 pm. Make your reservations by calling Joseph McGill at (843) 408-7727. Participants should arrive thirty minutes before their reserved time. The cost of the boat ride and visit to the island is $25.00.

The event is sponsored by Company I, 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment.

How Can South Carolina Move Beyond the Civil War?

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2011

South Carolina ETV’s “The Big Picture” Seeks Common Ground
Columbia, SC…

Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m., South Carolina ETV’s “The Big Picture” brings together a diverse array of organizations that rarely share the same stage to discuss how we commemorate the 150 th anniversary of the Civil War, and how we make peace with this chapter in our history and move past it.

Among the guests appearing on the show are:
Mark Simpson, SC Commander, Sons of Confederate Veterans∙
Jannie Harriot, SC African American Heritage Commission∙
Eloise Verdin, President, SC Daughters of the Confederacy∙
Blake Hallman, Ft. Sumter Ft. Moultrie Trust∙
Michael Allen, National Park Service∙
Eric Emerson, South Carolina Archives and History
Lonnie Randolph, South Carolina Branch President, NAACP

Hosted by Mark Quinn, The Civil War: “Finding Common Ground” presents a civil discussion that seeks to find agreement from seemingly opposing groups on many of the divisive issues surrounding South Carolina’s role in this dark chapter in our nation’s history.

The conversation will continue on Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m., with “ The Big Picture on the Radio,” heard on ETV Radio’s news stations.

Re-broadcasts of the television program will air on the following schedule:
ETV-HD:Sunday, April 24 at 12 noon
The SC Channel:Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m.
ETV World:Sunday April 24 at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic World, March 9-10, 2012

The Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC invites paper proposals addressing women, gender, and sexuality in the Atlantic World 1500-Present. The featured keynote speaker is Jennifer L. Morgan (New York University). We invite scholars to submit proposals for individual papers and panels that might address such questions as:

• Performances of Gender
• Gender and Discovery
• Colonialism
• Constructions of Sexualities
• Native American Contact
• Race and Gender
• African Diaspora and Slavery

As with previous successful CLAW program events the conference will be run in a seminar style: accepted participants will be expected to send completed papers to the organizers in advance of the conference itself (by March 1st, 2012) for circulation via password-protected site. At the conference itself presenters will talk for no more than ten minutes about their paper, working on the assumption that everyone has read the paper itself. This arrangement means that papers may be considerably lengthier and more carefully argued than the typical 20-minute presentation; and it leads to more substantive, better informed discussion. It also generally allows us to move quite smoothly toward publication of a selection of essays with the University of South Carolina Press.

Proposals for individual papers should be 200 words, and should be accompanied by a brief one-page biographical statement indicating institutional affiliation, research interests, and relevant publishing record for each participant, including chairs and commentators. Please place the panel proposal, and its accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file. Please submit your proposal electronically with CLAW conference in the subject line to the conference chair, Dr. Sandra Slater at by December 2, 2011.

If you wish to send a proposal for a 3- or 4-person panel, please send a 300 to 500-word proposal describing the panel as a whole as well as proposals for each of the individual papers, along with biographical statements for each of the presenters. The organizers reserve the right to accept individual papers from panel proposals, to break up panels, and to add papers to panels. Notification of acceptance will be sent by January 31st, 2012.

Organizing Committee: Sandra Slater (History), Lisa Randle (CLAW & Avery Research Center), John White (CLAW), Simon Lewis (CLAW) [all College of Charleston]

Civil War Sesquicentennial

As the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter edges ever closer, these two recent accounts of the events immediately leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War might be of interest.

“Fort Sumter: The Civil War Begins,” Smithsonian

(our own Bernie Powers is quoted in this one, as is the Executive Director of the CLAW Program, Vernon Burton)
“The Choice Is Charybdis,” Opinionator Blog, New York Times
Also, the College’s Division of Marketing and Communication made a video recording some of the comments made during the panel on memory of the War that closed out the CLAW conference just before Spring Break. You can view the video on YouTube.

The Question of the Sesquicentennial: How Should We Remember the Civil War?

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial unfolds over the next several months, Southern Cultures (Emory University) is providing an online resource for scholars and students of the War, which includes new and featured content that explores the nation’s memory of the War and much more. This resource also includes all of the essays we’ve published over the last ten years on the Civil War from noted scholars and other great writers.

Our first offering for the Sesquicentennial is a new essay from former College of Charleston Professor and CLAW UK affiliate, David Gleeson (Northumbria University) that looks at how Confederate veterans used their status to post-War political advantage. In addition, among other offerings we’ll also provide a new essay from Peter Carmichael that suggests why competing schools of memory of Robert E. Lee provoke so many arguments.

Over 65,000 scholars and students around the world have read our content online and in print, including numerous Civil War experts and aficionados. For our new and archival Sesquicentennial content, please

The untold story of Octavius Catto and the first civil rights movement in America

Join Us on March 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Addleston Library, Room 227 for this exciting lecture and book signing.

He shared stages with Frederick Douglass and recruited black men for Lincoln’s armies. He played for a pioneering black baseball team, taught at a renowned Philadelphia black school, and fought for equality in the state house and the streets. His name was Octavius Catto, and he and his allies—men and women, black and white—waged their battles for civil rights a century before Birmingham and Selma.

Like the Freedom Riders of the modern civil rights movement, they braved the wrath of white policemen, politicians, mobs and murderers. Catto’s life was cut short at the moment when, as W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, African Americans “were first tasting freedom.”

In Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America (Publication Date: September 22, 2010), Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin chronicle the life and times of this charismatic leader in a movement of preachers, teachers, Underground Railroad agents and former slaves. Their white supporters ranged from pacifist Lucretia Mott to murderous John Brown.

Catto’s “band of brothers,” as they called themselves, anticipated Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr. by nearly a century. They sat down in whites-only streetcars, challenged baseball’s color line and marched through a rain of eggs, epithets, brickbats and bullets to proclaim their right to vote. The story of their struggle to change America will change readers’ understanding of America’s racial history.

Daniel R. Biddle, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pennsylvania editor, has worked in nearly every phase of newspaper reporting and editing. His investigative stories on the courts won a Pulitzer Prize and other national awards. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Murray Dubin, author of South Philadelphia: Mummers, Memories and the Melrose Diner, was a reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 34 years before leaving the newspaper in 2005.