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February 21, 2018

Al McGeehan
Siege of Charleston

!!! Note the New Meeting Room !!!
West Dining Room
(Just off the Main Cafeteria)
DeWitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

!!! Note the New Start Time !!!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 pm

Bring some friends!
Al McGeehan returns to the GRCWRT with his presentation on 'The Siege of Charleston.'  The siege, also known as the Second Battle of Charleston, took place in the late summer of 1863.  It was fought between combined forces of the Union Army and Navy against the Confederate defenses of  Charleston, South Carolina.  The northern forces suffered costly defeats when trying to storm Fort Wagner and other southern strongholds in the area.  Union command decided on less deadly method of taking the area and began siege tactics.  Come see Mr. McGeehan tell the story of the struggle to take back Charleston.
Robert Anderson is widely believed to have been the officer who swore Abraham Lincoln into service for the Black Hawk War.  The Kentucky-born Anderson was a major by the time the situation became tense in Charleston, South Carolina, and he was sent to take command of Fort Moultrie.  Anderson was not considered a trouble maker but fooled his superiors.  Without orders from Washington, Anderson transferred to Fort Sumter because it was a much stronger installation.

George Burgwyn Anderson became an instant brigadier at Williamsburg, Virginia, because Jefferson Davis liked the way he lead a charge.

Southern Colonel Lloyd J. Beall, a former U.S. Army paymaster, was named commandant for the Confederate Marine Corps even though he had no experience as a marine.  After the war, Beall lived in Richmond, Virginia, and had personally kept most of the records for the Confederate Marine Corps at his home.  The history of the corps, along with Beall's own history, was destroyed in a fire.

Mary and Molly Bell were patriotic sisters who served for two years in Confederate General Jubal Early's cavalry under they names Tom Parker and Bob Martin.  They were unmasked as women in October of  1864 and sent home.

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Civil War Notes
Map of Charleston Harbor