Employees working in the area near Virginia’s restaurant said they were on lockdown as authorities swarmed the area.
“They (police) said there was an active shooter at they think Virginia’s,” said Doug Warner, a spokesman for Charleston Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Other historical and genealogical information -- perhaps unavailable elsewhere -- includes name, rank, and unit for Federal prisoners of war who passed through (or died in) the hospitals set up in Charleston to care for them, as well as the orders conveying them to the POW camp (referred to euphemistically as the "Camp of Instruction") where they were sent when well enough to be transported. Historic Confederate units mentioned include: 11th Battalion, 15th Battalion SC Heavy Artillery, 15th Regiment SC Infantry, 16th Regiment SC Infantry, 17th Regiment SC Infantry, 19th Regiment SC Infantry, 1st Dragoons, 1st Military District, 1st Regiment Charleston Reserves, 1st Regiment Regulars, 1st Regiment SC Artillery, 1st Regiment SC Heavy Artillery, 1st Regiment SC Regular Infantry, 1st Regiment SC Volunteer Infantry, 1st Virginia Regiment, 20th Regiment Georgia Infantry, 20th Regiment SC Volunteer Infantry, 21st Regiment SC Volunteer Infantry, 22nd Regiment Alabama Infantry, 22nd Regiment SC Infantry, 23rd Regiment SC Infantry, 24th Regiment SC Infantry, 25th Regiment SC Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Dragoons, 2nd Military District, 2nd Regiment SC Cavalry, 3rd Batallion Light Artillery, 3rd Battalion SC Cavalry, 3rd Regiment SC Artillery, 46th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, 4th Brigade SC Militia, 4th Louisiana Battalion, 51st Georgia Regiment, 5th Regiment SC Volunteer Cavalry, 5th SC Regiment, 6th Regiment Georgia Volunteer Infantry, 6th Regiment SC Volunteer Infantry, as well as a number of units referred to by the name of the Commanding Officer, and as many Naval vessels as one would expect in the most important seaport of the Confederacy. More specifically, we're in Taconic -- a hamlet in the Twin Lakes area of the Town of Salisbury.
As such, its importance is not limited to the boundaries of South Carolina, nor is its scope limited to Civil War history.
The Letter Book represents a fascinating historical view of the Confederacy in operation at a point in the war before their situation began to appear dire.
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Under martial law during the War Between the States, the Provost Marshal (Charleston was under martial law for several months in 1862 following the fall of New Orleans -- an event ascribed by some in the Confederacy to the fact that New Orleans had NOT been under martial law) had very broad powers.