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Found On A Walk

Taken in the First Scots Presbyterian church yard. One of the many churches in the center of town here, Charleston.

Found On A Walk
Found On A Walk

Founded in 1731, this current building of brick was finished in 1814. Wooden structures don’t last long here. Only a single bell is here now, donated from  St. Johns Church in Preston, Lancashire, England around 1886. The original bells were melted during the US Civil War. The earthquake of 1886 damaged most of Charleston but one tower in First Scots remained strong enough to hang a single St. Johns bell.

First Scots
First Scots

Note; Above, a Polaroid filter image of the entrance to First Scots.

Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery

Walking through the old sections of southern marsh cemetery.

Every walk should be a slow meandering trip here. You will miss things like this.

Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery
Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery

Rust, and some ruin, have hit the old wrought iron fences. However it just adds a bit more interest and beauty.

Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery
Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery
Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery
Found On A Walk, Old Charleston Cemetery

 

 

Mausoleums Along A Marsh

Taken on a walk, old Charleston Cemetery.

Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh

Shooting scenes like this is where I much prefer black and white. The images are busy for this type of photograph but using both dodge and burn they work out well.

Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh

When I first started to shoot around Charleston only prime lens were used. That turned out to be very limiting and some shots I wanted could not even be done due to space constraints.

Now I give myself a huge range by carrying an 18-400mm. Most photos are still taken wide but now I don’t have any space problems.

Mausoleums By A Marsh
Mausoleums By A Marsh

Old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.

Ann Bull Heyward – 1851

Found in the Bull family cemetery, Anglican chapel, St. Helena barrier island.

Ann Bull Heyward - 1851
Ann Bull Heyward – 1851

Both the Bull and Heyward families are found throughout Charleston and South Carolina history. In Charleston several of the larger manor houses were owned by family members. They were plantation owners here until the union army came up through Georgia.

Many barrier islands were abandoned ahead of the army’s arrival.

You never know what you may find out here.

The Man, Not Flag, Is The Story

Brig-General Ripley did just about anything a man of his time could do. He was a General in the southern CSA army, but that is just a piece. I have seen his grave site numerous times but never really researched him.

So…

The Man, Not Flag Is The Story
The Man, Not Flag Is The Story
  • Born in Worthington, Ohio, moved to New York when young
  • Attended West Point with  Ulysses S. Grant, William B. Franklin, Samuel G. French and Franklin Gardner.  Two served as prominent Generals in the Union Army, the other two Generals in the CSA.
  • Served in the Mexican American War in most every important battle. He later wrote 2 volumes of well known history of the war.
  • He was engaged in the Second Seminole War in Florida in 1849, where again he saw combat.
  • Served the US Army in Charleston SC, marrying into the families of Charleston, and the USA, founders.
  • From 1853–1854 he was the publisher of the Baltimore Daily American Times.
  • He directed the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 13, 1861 starting the US Civil War.
  • After the war, Ripley went abroad and resided in England for over twenty years.
  • In the late 1880’s he moved back to NYC where he died.
  • In 1887 he was buried in the (old) Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.

These are just the highlights of his life.

He lived, worked, and fought wars all around the world… in the 1800’s.

 

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.