Charleston in the Civil War
Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 2019

Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28, 2019

Enrollment fee is $595
(Does not include lodging)

Historian Guide: Retired Fort Sumter National Park historian and author Richard W. Hatcher III will be our expert guide for this in-depth tour of the Civil War sites of Charleston, SC. The legendary Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, plans to accompany this tour as our special guest.

Few cities in America have such a rich combination of history, culture, and beauty as Charleston. Join us this April as we spend 3 days learning how Charleston is inextricably linked to the beginning of the Civil War. We will see the site where South Carolinians voted to be the first to secede from the Union; we will take a boat to Fort Sumter to learn about the bombardment that began the war; and we will see the recovered confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

Thursday, April 25
7:00 pm   Gather for our orientation and opening lecture at the Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport-Convention Center.

Friday, April 26

Your introduction of Charleston begins with a walking tour of the town's Civil War sites. We will see the site of St. Lawrence Hall where delegates drafted the Ordinance of Secession; the site of Institute Hall where delegates held the formal secession ceremony; and the Old Exchange where the SC flag was first raised. 

Saturday, April 27

This morning we'll discuss the opening of the American Civil War on a guided tour of Ft. Sumter.  After lunch, we'll visit Ft. Moultrie, the site of the first American victory over the British Navy in 1776.  Confederate artillery at Fort Moultrie fired upon Union troops in Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861.

Sunday, April 28

Today we'll see the confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink an enemy warship.  We'll continue to Magnolia Cemetery to see the graves of members of the Hunley's crews. Weather permitting, this afternoon we will take a private chartered cruise to Morris Island, site of the "Swamp Angel" and Fort Wagner, scene of the ill-fated assault by the 54th Massachusetts and immortalized by the movie Glory. We plan to return to the hotel by 5:00 pm.

We have reserved a block of 30 rooms for 3 nights (April 25, 26, & 27) at the Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport-Convention Center. This special group room rate is $139 (+tax); this rate includes breakfast. This rate will apply until 30 days out (March 26), after which any rooms in our group block that have not been sold will be released. Subsequent bookings will be based on availability and higher rates will likely apply. 


       Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport-Convention Cntr.

       4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd.

       North Charleston, SC 29418

       Group rate:  $139 + per night

       Breakfast is included in the rate

       Tel: 843-744-4422;  Reservation Code: Civil War Tours 


NOTE: You may stay wherever you like. There are a number of hotels near the Crowne Plaza; one or two offer less expensive rates. Call us for more information.


What is Included in Tour Cost:
Expert Historian Guide, Richard W. Hatcher

• A Tour Manager

• 3 Lunches
• Motorcoach Transportation While on Tour andBus driver's tip

• Museum admissions and private boat charter

• Map Book
• Bottled Water and Soda on Bus


What is NOT  Included in Tour Cost:

•  Dinners

•  Lodging

•  Transportation to Charleston, SC


*Ed Bearss' expenses are not included in the price of this tour as he is accompanying the trip as our special guest



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Civil War Tours

Tel 301-676-4642

P.O. Box 416
Keedysville MD 21756