SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - Fort Moultrie will join with three other national parks Saturday evening to present three programs in commemoration of the Overland Campaign of 1864.
The national commemoration will centered around three national parks in Virginia: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, and Petersburg National Battlefield.
The programs at Fort Moultrie will honor the 39 infantry, artillery, and cavalry units from South Carolina that fought in the Overland Campaign. It's part of an 11-community partnership to show the devastating impact of the Overland Campaign.
From May to June 1864, the major battles include the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, Yellow Tavern, Cold Harbor, to beginning of the Siege of Petersburg, plus other combat actions. Almost 100,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured in five weeks.
Evening programs will be free to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center auditorium and then move to Fort Moultrie for the national candle light vigil.
6:30 p.m. "Ruin and Remembrance": A Southern woman's perspective on grief and loss during the American Civil War.
7:45 p.m. Citadel History Professor Kyle Sinisi will speak on South Carolina units in the Overland Campaign.
8:30 p.m. Ladies in Civil War era mourning dress will be joined by members of the 10th South Carolina Infantry Regiment and place luminaries on the Fort Moultrie parade ground for each South Carolina unit that served in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Campaign.
9:00 p.m. National playing of Taps at all participating locations