Major Robert Anderson Surrenders Fort Sumter!

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Fort Sumter by Major Robert Anderson to Confederate forces at Charleston, SC.  After a day and a half of bombardment, not one soldier died in combat. The surrender ceremony took place in the afternoon and Confederate Brigadier General Beauregard did not attend the ceremony to receive […]

Fort Sumter bombardment begins, 12 April 1861

  Confederate forces under Brigadier General Beauregard began the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor this morning at 4:30 AM.  Confederate guns fired from Fort Johnson and several batteries on James Island, batteries on Morris Island, Fort Moultrie and batteries on Sullivan’s Island, a floating battery off the end of the island and a […]

Video Thursday Air Expo Charleston 2011

Today we’ll see videos that will pump us up for the Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston this Saturday. The Air Force Thunderbirds are our first video as we see a preview of their aerial skill… Here’s Bill Walsh, TV Weatherman extraordinaire from WCSC TV, who is also an Air Force Reservist talking about the […]

Mount Pleasant Almost Starts "The War"

In April 1861, war clouds gathered over Charleston Harbor as Major Robert Anderson, commanding the United States garrison at Fort Sumter, waited to be resupplied or evacuated. Charleston Harbor had been heavily fortified by Confederate Brigadier-General Pierre Beauregard and he had been ordered by the Confederate War Department in Montgomery, Alabama, to allow no resupply […]

Aircraft Carrier March Madness

U. S. Naval Air Forces Facebook page has been running a fun matchup of current and historic aircraft carriers and the competition has entered into the Regional Finals from 01-04 April. Yorktown has advanced with to the North regional final with victories over Tarawa, Lincoln and Independence. As of this post Yorktown trails Reagan 68-70, […]

Video Thursday 3.31.11 Flying Americans

It’s Video Thursday and we’ll be flying through the wild blue yonder via Air Force, Navy and  Lockheed-Martin. We begin with an Air Force clip incorporating an old patriotic favorite by Toby Keith. Enjoy… Next, we have a close-up look of Navy pilots taking jet petroleum (JP) from an Air Force tanker. Boom operators on […]

Mount Pleasant's Confederate Harbor Batteries: The Sounds Of War Reverberate Again, April 9-14

When the cannons begin booming at Patriots Point during its planned “Day One: April 1861” events in April commemorating the sesquicentennial of America’s bloodiest war, the sounds will elicit memories long removed from Mount Pleasant residents’ consciousness. Come and relive Mount Pleasant’s Civil War history from April 9th until April 14th when the sounds of […]

"Lost Heroes Art Quilt" At Patriots Point, 29 March – 03 April

The “Lost Heroes Art Quilt” created by artist Julie Feingold in 2009, represents an homage to the fallen heroes in the Iraq and Afghanistan War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001. It is a very moving exhibit, I found it more so than the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. The faces of children bring the sudden […]

CXAM Radar On Yorktown CV-5 Leads To IFF And CIC

Following successful tests of the XAF radar, the Navy contracted with RCA (Radio Corporation of America) to build six more radars and they would be placed on one aircraft carrier (Yorktown CV-5), one battleship (California BB-44) and four heavy cruisers (Pensacola CA-24, Northampton CA-26,  Chester CA-27  and Chicago CA-29). The size of the bed-spring looking […]

National Medal of Honor Day

  In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum joins the people of South Carolina and Americans across the country in celebrating the achievements of our nation’s finest heroes. Now in its 150th year, the Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be presented by the […]