Heritage groups, re-enactors and Civil War buffs can gather Nov. 5 for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Port Royal.
Port Royal Plantation will host a community commemoration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Walker. The 1861 naval battle off the shores of what is now a gated community made Hilton Head Island an important supply base and headquarters for federal troops.
The commemoration will include Union and Confederate re-enactors, as well as displays of historic photographs, maps and artifacts.
The commemoration has been designated a "Sesquicentennial Signature Event" by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
A formal program begins at noon and includes a presentation about the battle by Charleston author Michael Coker, a portrayal of the Drayton "brother versus brother" story by John Witherspoon, an opening salvo from Fort Walker and a rifle salute.
The outdoor event is free and open to the public. Visitors will receive parking instructions at the plantation's gate and be shuttled to the fort. No bicycles or walk-ins permitted. Because of expected large attendance, no pets, coolers, lawn chairs and other bulky items will be permitted.
Details: Contact Mary Noonan at 843-342-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.