Battle of Pocotaligo re-enactment is Jan. 25-26

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 22, 2014 

The Battle of Pocotaligo, a Civil War re-enactment, will be held at Frampton Plantation Jan. 25-26.

The actual battle took place in October 1862 at Point South, when a Union force of 4,200 men under the command of Gen. John M. Brannan sailed up the Broad River from Hilton Head Island and Beaufort and marched on the village of Pocotaligo. Confederate soldiers were warned by pickets of the attempt to destroy the Charleston to Savannah Railroad, which would hinder a major supply line. Thanks to a series of earthwork trenches Gen. Robert E. Lee had ordered dug in the Lowcountry, a Confederate force of less than 450 men managed the stall the Union advance.

At the re-enactment, there will be afternoon battles; a Civil War encampment; period demonstrations; and tours of a life-size replica of the CSS H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

The event is hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Colonel Charles Jones Colcock Camp No. 2100, the South Carolina Palmetto Battalion and the Lowcountry and Resort Island Tourism Commission.

Gates open at 9 a.m.; battle re-enactments start at 2 p.m. Daily tickets at $10 for adults, $5 for children, free for ages 8 and under. Admission to the plantation house and Hunley traveling exhibit are free. Details: www.battleofpocotaligo.com.

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