129th Annual Sons of Confederate Veterans National Region Reunion: July'16-21, 2024

129th Annual Sons of Confederate Veterans National Reunion: July 16-21, 2024

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SCV 129th Reunion Tours - Charleston, S.C. The Birth Place of the Confederacy

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most Beautiful cities on Earth. Secession Camp #4 is going to make this Reunion and your trip to our city a Special Time to enjoy and remember for years to come…

Wednesday, July 17

Fort Sumter Tour 1

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Visiting Fort Sumter is an essential part of our History. touring Fort Sumter during your stay in Charleston is well worth your time. The ferry ride out to the island is also a nice way to get out on the water. Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the War Between the States took place.

Wednesday, July 17

Fort Sumter Tour 2

1:00 PM to 5:00 pm.

Visiting Fort Sumter is an essential part of our History. touring Fort Sumter during your stay in Charleston is well worth your time. The ferry ride out to the island is also a nice way to get out on the water. Fort Sumter is where the first shots of the War Between the States took place.

Thursday, July 18

The Hunley Museum Tour

12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Warren Lasch Conservation Center is a building located at 1250 Supply Street at the former Charleston Navy Yard, in North Charleston, South Carolina. Part of the Clemson Restoration Institute, the center is most notably being used to excavate, examine, and preserve the submarine H. L. Hunley.

Join Randy Burbage, a former member of the Hunley Commission, for dinner and a presentation on “The History, Recovery, and Conservation of the Confederate Submarine, H.L. Hunley.” The presentation will consist of a PowerPoint presentation with rarely seen pictures of the historic submarine raised in August of 2000 and Randy’s personal stories of the sub’s journey. A limited number of tickets will be sold for a person behind scenes tour at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center conducted by Randy after dinner.

Friday, July 19

The Battery / White Point Garden Tour

2:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

White Point Garden is a 5.7-acre public park located in peninsular Charleston, South Carolina, at the tip of the peninsula. It is the southern terminus for the Battery, a defensive seawall and promenade. It is bounded by East Battery (to the east), Murray Blvd. (to the south), King St. (to the west), and South Battery (to the north).

The southern tip of Charleston’s peninsula was originally known as the South Bay and later Oyster Point. In the early 19th century it was renamed White Point. Later, landfill projects resulted in the sharp-edged terminus of the peninsula. For more than a century, White Point Garden has been a repository of relics and memorials, with a largely military theme. The first of four identical pieces of heavy artillery dating to the Civil War.  Each of the guns weighs approximately 17,000 pounds and could fire a 200-plus pound shell nearly three miles. At the southeastern corner of White Point Garden is a large allegorical statue installed in 1932 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The monument titled, “To the Confederate Defenders of Charleston” Fort Sumter 1861-1865, commemorates the soldiers who fought for their city and the Southern States during America’s Deadliest War!

All were Union weapons, and similar guns were used against Fort Sumter. These three guns were made in Pittsburgh in the early 1860s. They have been in the park since 1901 On the edge of the High Battery, just across East Battery from the Fort Sumter Monument, there is a small metal survey disk embedded in the wall.  The disk has been there since at least 1933. Near the southwest corner of the park is a memorial to the crew of the USS Amberjack, a submarine that was sunk during World War II, and 51 other American subs lost during the conflict

Friday, July 19

Fort Sumter “Sunset” Cruise

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
We are Sorry but this Dinner Cruise is SOLD OUT

We will board the three-deck tour boat at 5:00 pm for a 30-35 minute trip down the Cooper River, past the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, Castle Pinckney (the first US fortification taken by Southern troops on Dec. 27, 1860), historic Charleston, and “The Battery”. In Charleston Harbor, we will cross the waters where the H. L. Hunley trained in 1863-64, pass Ft. Johnson where the first shot of the War for Southern Independence was fired at 4:30 am, April 12, 1861, beginning Ft. Sumter’s bombardment. Arriving at Ft. Sumter at 5:45 pm, we tour the fort for one hour. Here, on April 7, 1863, its CS garrison defeated the US Navy’s “Ironclad Attack”. From July 10, 1863-February 18, 1865, Ft. Sumter was the focus of the Siege of Charleston, the longest in American History. During the siege the US Army & Navy fired approximately 7-million pounds of artillery projectiles at the 2.5-acre fort. Though destroyed as an artillery post, Sumter remained the post of honor in Charleston’s defenses until CS forces evacuated the city and its defenses on February 17-18, 1865. At 6:45 pm we will re-board the boat and as we cruise the harbor and the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, we will enjoy a BBQ buffet, then dock at 7:45 pm.

Saturday, July 20

St. Michaels Church / Provost Dungeon

12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Tour of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, including viewing of “The President’s Pew” were Pres. George Washington & Robert E. Lee sat, and includes guided tour of the sanctuary. Then a stroll along Broad Street , through Washington Square and with discussion of various Confederate points of interest to Old Custom House , Exchange, & Pirates Dungeon. A tour through the Dungeon & the upper floors of the building where Pres. Washington visited & was entertained. And finally we will ride by  Brig. Gen P.G.T. Beauregard headquarters with discussion of when & why he moved his headquarters away from the Battery.

Saturday, July 20

Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

As you dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner, the Spirit of Carolina will cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery, and beneath the Ravenel Bridge.