Low Country Touring in GA and SC
Tybee Island, Savannah’s ‘Beach Town’ is the site from which Fort Pulaski was bombarded and defeated by Union soldiers in April 1862 whose superior ‘rifled’ guns were too much for the Fort Pulaski walls. We toured the lighthouse but the beach was under reconstruction.
After taking over the fort, Major General Hunter issued the first Union order freeing slaves. This was later reversed by Lincoln, only to be affirmed again by Lincoln’s Emancipation Order of Jan. 1, 1863.
Beaufort, SC (pronounce ‘b-you-fort’) is a very pleasant town on South Carolina Coast and, like many others in the area, has a varied and interesting history. We arrived muddy from all the rain, but blue skies finally came. Spring green pollen is everywhere, noses twitching. So walking around the river front in Beaufort is fun, had lunch under umbrellas and visited historical areas. Later in the day we drove to Hunting Island and found some interesting shrimp boats.
Parris Island was first colonized by the French in 1562. This was the first semi-permanent European settlement in what are considered now the United States. Four years later, Spain founded Santa Elena after troops sent by the Spanish monarch slaughtered French colonists. It was first occupied by the US Marines in 1861 and has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since 1915. We visited the museum there is which is very extensive, documenting the evolution of training and the service of US Marines around the world. Cheryl, being an avid NCIS fan, couldn’t resist the photo by their local office.
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Downtown Beaufort, South Carolina