Category Archives: Historical

Memory Of Louis DeSaussure – 1779

From the wall plaque with the window.

Memory Of Louis DeSaussure - 1779
Memory Of Louis DeSaussure – 1779

In Memory Of Louis DeSaussure

Native of Beaufort district, an officer of 3rd Regiment South Carolina in the Continental Service during the war of the revolution.

Wounded 9th Day, October, 1779 on the British lines at Savannah. Died a few days after.

Age 31, interred in the cemetery of this church.

Many of the early churches in Charleston have old plaques placed by family members and parishioners. Some names are locally known, some are signers of the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or other founding fathers.

A walk around town is a history lesson. While locked down I can’t help thinking perhaps if some of our current administration had wandered around here things might have turned out a bit different.

 

1872

Found on a walk.

1872
1872
  • It was a leap year
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC opened
  • Grant became the US President
  • A giant solar flare made the Northern Lights visible in Cuba
  • Yellow stone becomes the world’s first National Park
  • The first case of equine influenza is found in Canada.
  • Boston burns for 2 days taking the financial center
  • Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time (and gets arrested)

Been a while.

In A Dark Corner, Headstones

Found on a walk, in a dark corner of a cemetery. Thick Oaks, covered in Spanish Moss let very little light in.

In A Dark Corner
In A Dark Corner

This is all that is left of the marker. No writing is visible. It sits in a spot off the path. Streaks of sun gave it’s hiding spot away.

In A Dark Corner
In A Dark Corner

Behind a marble stone sits this military marker. It is called the Cross Of Honor. The dates 1861-1865 are on the front. At first the were provided by a confederate organization after the war, however now they can be ordered from the US Veterans Affairs for any southern military provided headstones. This appears to be one of the older ones.

In A Dark Corner
In A Dark Corner

I found no name here, just the age of the child. Again, this was in a far corner of this cemetery. A story lost here.

Photographed at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC.

A quiet place to visit while we are maintaining a safe distance from each other. Ironic since many cemeteries around here first opened during the 1856 yellow fever epidemic.

 

The Charleston Post Office

Charleston has plenty of Post Offices, but this is ‘The Post Office’. It’s in the same building as the Federal Courthouse, built in 1896. The first Post Office was destroyed in the 1886 earthquake.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

It is impossible to get any perspective inside. It is all ornate carved wood and high polish brass. And of course huge slabs of marble.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Above is the entrance, a hand carved vestibule.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Walls are lined with private boxes, and they are highly polished. No finger prints allowed.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The stair case is enclosed in a marble, brass and filigree ‘work of art’.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

The second floor here is private offices, but anybody visiting still needs to walk up these stairs.

The Charleston Post Office
The Charleston Post Office

Being a Post Office it’s open regular hours for a visit at 83 Broad Street, Charleston.

This is a time machine, to another era.