Also, I did a lot more than that, all of which can be found here.
And now, the rest of the guidebook info...
At the intersection of Broad Street stands a group of public buildings: the Court House and the new Post Office [on one side] and the City Hall (with some interesting portraits) and St. Michael's Church (built in 1752-61) [on the other].
Photos are: Court House, Post Office (which now contains a Museum of Postal History), and City Hall.
The Postal History museum was okay, but I got this nice picture of one of the stairways:
The City Hall interior does have really interesting portraits on their second floor, but more of that in a bit...
St. Michael's was struck six times by the Federal cannon during the siege, was damaged by a cyclone in 1885, and nearly destroyed by the earthquake in 1886. Its fine tower commands and extensive view and contains a good set of chimes. In the churchyard, close to the iron gate in Broad St., is the tomb of a brother of Arthur Hugh Clough, with an epitaph by the poet, who spent part of his boyhood in Charleston, where his father was a cotton-merchant.
Ok, I didn't go looking for this grave. I got distracted by other things. However, I did get a tour of the church itself. It has Tiffany Glass panels in 4 windows and a Tiffany sculpture in the middle of the aisle. One of the big draws for people here is getting a photo taken by sitting in the pew that both George Washington and Robert E. Lee used while they were. That photo is in the album linked above. Here is a photo of where one of the cannon balls struck:
In front of the City Hall is a Statue of William Pitt, erected in 1770; the right arm was broken off by a British cannon-shot in 1780.
Okay, so we stop again. If you notice in the City Hall photo above, you will notice that there is no statue of William Pitt out front of the building. There is, in fact, nothing there at all. So, my first thought was that this statue has been gone for a while. However, if it had such an interesting history as described, it couldn't have gone very far (i.e. was somewhere in town). So, I went into the City Hall building and asked the security guard. He was very nice and said it had been gone for 2 years, but he wasn't sure where. He told me to ask information. So, I went and asked a lady in the Information room. She had no idea either, but told me to ask a docent on the second floor. The second floor has really interesting paintings of various people. I did not take any photos because I was so overwhelmed by them, and I was on a different mission. The docent knew what I was talking about and told me that the statue had gotten moved to the Courthouse, not the Historic Courthouse, but the newer one behind it. I could even see it without going through security. This was quite exciting to me! So, I sallied-forth...and... taa daa!!!!
Totally worth 15 minutes of searching, right? I think so.
Farther on Meeting St. passes numerous private houses, embowered in roses, jessamines, and myrtles. It ends at White Point Garden, shaded with beautiful live-oaks and commanding a fine view of the Ashley River. The Jasper Monument commemorates a gallant act in the defence of Fort Moultrie (June 28th, 1776).
Adjacent is a bronze bust of Wm. Gilmore Simms (d. 1870).
To the E. extends the Battery, a broad esplanade, 500 yds long, affording a good view of the harbour and its forts.
On the Island opposite the battery is Castle Pinckney and farther out is Fort Ripley, while Forts Moultrie and Johnston stand opposite each other on Sullivan's Island (left) and James Island (right).
Fort Sumter occupies a small island in the middle of the entrance to the harbour. The first shot in the Civil War was fired by the Citadel cadets, from a battery thrown up on Morris Island, against a vessel trying to take reinforcements to the Union troops in Fort Sumter (January 9th, 1861). On April 12th Fort Moultrie and the other batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter, which had been occupied by Major Anderson with a small body of Union troops, and its flag was hauled down on the following day. In 1863 the Federal fleet invested the harbour and began a bombardment of the forts and the city, which lasted, with scarcely an intermission, till the final evacuation of Charleston in 1865. Morris Island had to be abandoned, but Forts Sumter and Moultrie defended themselves successfully against all attacks.
So there you have it. My trip to Charleston. I saw everything in the guidebook and more. There is more I haven't even seen. Thanks for joining me on my journey!