"Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians" ~ Nov. 3 & 4, 2018


Contact: Marie Cheek, Community Relations for Culture and Heritage Museums

803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org

Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians: The Civil War and the Brattonsville Community

McCONNELLS, S.C. – “Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians” presents a trilogy of scenarios that aims to tell a more inclusive story of the Brattonsville community during the Civil War.

The impact of the Civil War created a cultural upheaval throughout the South. For four turbulent years the future of various groups hung in the balance. “Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians” is a two-day event that focuses on telling the story from three different perspectives. Working with a community advisory committee consisting of scholars, military reenactors, and descendants of individuals enslaved on the Bratton Plantation, Historic Brattonsville has created the event to align more closely with the mission of telling the story of the Brattonsville community during the Civil War.

Because the Civil War and its outcome meant different things to different people in the community, the event presents three scenarios to convey a more complete story. “Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians” includes a military reenactment of the Skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford in Virginia, an early engagement in the Civil War. With two of Harriet Bratton’s sons stationed near the ford, the skirmish sets an important backdrop for how the war impacted the lives of those on the home front.

While soldiers faced death and their families prayed for their safe return, the enslaved community contemplated the possibility of a future free of bondage. “Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians” reflects on the news of emancipation and the choices African Americans faced.

Not every white southerner owned a plantation. Included in the trilogy of scenarios, “Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians” portrays the Civil War’s impact on a small family farm. Independent farmers represented the largest part of communities throughout the Carolina Piedmont.

Other activities include historical demonstrations of sewing, cooking, blacksmithing, civilian archery, and cannon and rifle firing. Children of all ages can take part in hands-on military drill demonstrations. On Saturday CHM historian Michael Scoggins presents two programs using Bratton family historical records to explore the war’s impact on the Brattonsville community. Original Victorian mourning artifacts will be on display. Live music of the era will be performed by Pickin’ Pearls. Food concessions will be available for purchase. A 19th-century church service will be held at 10:30 on Sunday morning.

Soldiers, the Enslaved & Civilians: The Civil War and the Brattonsville Community Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission fees: Adults $10; Seniors over 60 $8; Youth 4-17 $6; CHM members & ages 3 and under Free

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, S.C. 29726 Brattonsville Road will be closed for the safety of guests; please look for detours

For more details, go to www.chmuseums.org/brattonsville/ or call 803.684.2327

ABOUT HISTORIC BRATTONSVILLE: Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 800 acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site with interpretive trail, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, and living history programs interpret life in the Carolina Backcountry through the 18th and 19th centuries.