I’ll let the following photos generally speak for themselves. I wanted to share them, mostly, so I could use the phrase “Confederates by the boatload.”
They’re not actually Confederates, of course, but rather pro-Southern Heritage activists who came in by the boatload and floated a few yards offshore while a group of their comrades occupied the tip of Charleston’s battery–easily the city’s most visible tourist spot. My wife and two sons and I came across them one recent Saturday while we were out for a morning walk.
The boat floated out of the frame of the photo to the left. Out of the frame of the photo to the right, the Confederate Defenders of Charleston monument looks out across the harbor toward Fort Sumter.
As we got closer to the group, we noticed not only activists with their flags but also a collection of local militia, outfitted in fatigues, bulletproof vests, and utility belts that would’ve made Batman jealous. I did not see that anyone was armed. There was also an African-American woman dressed as a slave passing out literature and answering questions from passers-by, although I don’t know if she was with the group or not.
I’m interested in your thoughts, if you have any to share.