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Civil War commemoration at Ft. Moultrie expected to bring crowds of 50,000

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

If you're driving down Middle Street on Sullivan's Island, you may notice things look a little more "historic" than usual.  Over 300 Civil War re-enactors will be in period dress and speaking the same lingo as soldiers back in 1861.

"You'll see a glimpse of what soldiers were like, what they heard, what they were feeling just days before the first shots were fired," said Claude Sinclair, a re-enactor portraying P.G.T. Beauregard.

Over 50,000 visitors are expected to visit Fort Moultrie over the week long commemoration of events. Park rangers from all over the United States came in town to help out with the commemoration that's been in the works for over two years.

"There are over 50 park rangers manning different posts to keep up with the crowds," said Linda Friar, a park ranger from south Florida.

Re-enactors are at the Fort in character 24 hours a day.  They sleep in tents on hay-stuffed mattresses and even cook their meals by campfire.

"We put a lot of time and effort into the re-enacting.  We want people to get the full experience," says Bruce Blackman, who is portraying Lt. Colonel Roswell Ripley.

Visitors can come to Fort Moultrie 6 a.m. till 7 p.m.

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