Ghostly tour back to the Civil War era

Confederate Ghost Walk

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC - A trip through one of Charleston's most historic cemeteries, is teaching those on the tour about Civil War era life during 1864.

Friday and Saturday night, Magnolia Cemetery is open late, hosting the annual Confederate Ghost Walk. The yearly event is put on by the Confederate Heritage Trust.

"What we're doing out here tonight is reenacting some history that could have been," says reenactor Samm McConnell.

McConnell and his fellow actors, all portraying spirits of the past, put on several shows along the lantern lit path of the hallowed grounds.

One depicts a southern family happily celebrating the Christmas season, but is interrupted by a Union military member.

A life size replica of the famous Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, featured actors playing out the sub's historic final moments.

The event's location strikes accord with those who've put lots of effort into recreating the time period.

"It's such a special place. It has an emotional feel to it. There are so many Confederate veterans buried out here," says Randy Burbage from the Confederate Heritage Trust.

Burbage remarks that it's the group's goal to bring history to life. That includes wearing the proper clothing and using the appropriate weapons.

The group already did "Ghost Walks" on Friday, but will start back up on Saturday night with "walks" going from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Check their website,

for more information and to purchase tickets. Some of the money raised is used to help preserve the cemetery.

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