This was taken in a corner of Soldiers Ground, a US Civil War cemetery in Charleston. The year 1864 saw many graves filled here with Confederate troops. General Sherman on the federal side was starting his ‘march to the sea’ with Georgia and South Carolina in the path.
Note; The finish of this photograph is in the style of the Bonfils Studio, Lebanon.
Félix Adrien Bonfils was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. He was one of the first commercial photographers to produce images of the Middle East on a large scale and amongst the first to employ a new method of color photography, developed in 1880. The studio sold photographs from catalog’s which were first introduced at the 1878 Paris Exposition.
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‘The congregation was co-founded with Charles Towne, 1680–1685, by the English Congregationalists, Scots Presbyterians, and French Huguenots of the original settlement. These “dissenters” erected a Meeting House in the northwest corner of the walled city. The present sanctuary occupies that exact site. The street leading to it was called “Meeting House Street,” later shortened to Meeting Street. Meeting Street is one of the main avenues in Charleston. Wikipedia‘
The sanctuary is rarely open to visitors outside of normal services or special events. I may have been inside twice in the last seven years. The old graveyard does have street access and I wander through the back during most of our ‘wandering days’ in town.
There is a beautiful view of nearby St. Philp’s spire from the church yard. It also gives you an idea of how close most of the old churches are to each other. The original walled city was not big.
Lately we have been in several of the historic churches in town. Of course what immediately grabs your attention are the different stained glass windows. While I can’t say for sure how old the windows are it’s a safe assumption not as old as the buildings themselves. In 1861 through 1865 Charleston was under siege and cannon fire from the harbor hit all the buildings. Big glass windows were probably the first thing to go.
Below are three images, from different churches in Charleston. All are on the National Historic Registry.