“SC’S CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1865” with Dave Smoot
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort
The Civil War was over. The Union had won. After 4 long years of war, what would the peace look like? Would Reconstruction be a preservation of the old, or a remaking of the new? Answers to this very important question varied throughout all the former Confederate state conventions as they prepared to re-join the United States. All the eyes of the nation were on South Carolina – which in the eyes of the victors had started the whole fracas. What would South Carolina’s new state Constitution say? Would it be accepted? Would it allow the state to re-enter the Union? The Convention was lively to say the least. Half the delegates said that “The war is over. Let us move on.” The other half said, “No way!” What did the representatives of Beaufort District say? Come learn about the state Constitution in force from September 1865 to mid-April 1868 with Dave Smoot.
Smoot has been doing history for most of his life. Currently he is employed by Parris Island Museum. He enjoys portraying a Civil War Surgeon in living history programs and is a former director of a Virginia living history museum.
MCRD Parris Island, SC