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Wartime life on display at Fort Mill’s Walter Y. Elisha Park

Mark Clark of the H.L. Hunley traveling exhibit describes the workings of the famous submarine st the Fort Mill History Museum’s annual History Day at Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill.
Mark Clark of the H.L. Hunley traveling exhibit describes the workings of the famous submarine st the Fort Mill History Museum’s annual History Day at Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill. JEFF SOCHKO

Fort Mill History Museum offered an opportunity to experience what life was like for soldiers and residents from the Revolutionary War through World War II at Walter Y. Elisha Park this past weekend.

Visitors could walk a trail that started with Revolutionary War Gen. Thomas Sumter’s encampment, re-created by The New Acquisition Militia.

A Civil War encampment was be re-enacted by the 6th South Carolina Volunteers and the Carolina Ladies Aid Society. Representations of camp life for U.S. soldiers in World War I and World War II also were part of the timeline.

As at last year’s History Days event presented by the museum, a replica of the H.L. Hunley submarine was on display. The Confederate Civil War submarine was the first to sink an enemy warship and has been the subject of many television documentaries.

In conjunction with the History Days event, the Fort Mill History Museum opened three new exhibits: “Those Fort Mill Boys go Off to War,” which is the story of Fort Mill’s soldiers in Company G, the first to break the Hindenburg Line trench system; “Elliott White Springs: Fort Mill Flying Ace”; and “The Last Meeting” in recognition of the 150th year since the Confederate Cabinet met in Fort Mill at the close of the Civil War.

The museum revealed a new painting by local artist Kerrin Hopper depicting the last meeting on the lawn of the White Homestead. Prints are available for purchase from the museum’s J.B. Mills Gift Shop.

For more information, contact The Fort Mill History Museum at 803-802-3646 or visit www.fmhm.org.

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