Within a few miles of Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, there are dozens of little-known fortifications built by soldiers wearing blue, gray or red. Now, with the help of a grant from the National Park Service, those sites will the documented for the first time.
The South Carolina Battlefield Preservation Trust has received a $75,000 American Battlefield Protection Program Grant from the National Park Service. The funds will allow researchers to create a database of Civil War and Revolutionary War sites in Charleston and Jasper counties.
The project list battlegrounds, their GPS coordinates and a narrative of what happened at those sites.
Doug Bostick, the executive director and CEO of the trust, said that in applying for the grant, a cursory examination in the National Archives of battle reports and period maps turned up about 220 Civil War sites in Charleston County alone.
Of those, about 60 survive and, of those that do survive, only 16 are permanently preserved. “I have to throw Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter into the pot to get to 16,” Bostick said.
A look at the project.