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Issue 4.02 | Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 | Give it your best shot

During a recent road trip to Pensacola, Charleston's intrepid photographer Michael Kaynard spotted this bird standing at the water's edge. The beach here has eroded to at least a 10-foot dropoff. The bird seemed lost in thought as it stood there staring at the water for the longest time.

:: Moffett: Charleston's aviation prophet

:: Lessons from an election

:: Local jazz, in memory of Jack McCray

:: Turkey would have been good symbol

:: Philanthropy Week, "Wonderful Life"

:: Battle of Port Royal


:: FEEDBACK: Letters on schools, vets

:: SPOTLIGHT: Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co.

:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

:: QUOTE: Aww, mom

:: BROADUS: Fighting domestic violence



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Moffett: A prophet largely forgotten in his hometown
Special to Charleston Currents

NOV. 14, 2011 - While the Charleston community recently celebrated Halloween, the date also marked the 142nd birthday of a nearly forgotten son of the Holy City: The naval officer who foresaw a powerful air arm of the United States Navy.


William Adger Moffett was born in Charleston on 31 October 1869. He was the son of Confederate Capt. George Hall Moffett, who served at Fort Sumter and under Gen. Johnson Hagood and in the 27th South Carolina fighting in Virginia. Unfortunately, Billy (his boyhood name) would lose his father to a freak fall when he was five years old in 1875, and his mother struggled to raise a family of nine children in war-devastated Charleston.


Billy's uncle, George H. Simonton, helped him seek a nomination to the Naval Academy in 1886, but he earned his appointment by getting the highest exam score among the South Carolina boys seeking a Congressional appointment from Congressman Dibble.

He entered Annapolis at the age of 16 and quickly became homesick. Billy was proud of his Southern heritage. During one lecture about the origins of the Civil War at the Academy, a Northern professor had stated, "Those dastardly South Carolina traitors started the war." Young midshipman Moffett jumped from his seat and yelled "Rats!" at the speaker. He was immediately joined by half the audience, shouting "Rats." The Academy Superintendent took disciplinary action against Billy and other cadets, but some of the officers came away with an admiration of Moffett's fighting spirit and loyalty.

The USS Akron in flight November 1931. Two years later, the crash of the zeppelin during a thunderstorm would claim the lives of 73 of the 76 aboard, including Rear Adm. William Adger Moffett.

Graduating from the Academy in 1890, Moffett would go on during his navycareer to command a battleship and receive a Medal of Honor, all before he sought the job as the first Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.

Not only would Moffett become the first air admiral, but he became a model for today's admirals. As the first modern admiral, he used his skills and knowledge of government bureaucracy, politics, manufacturers and public relations to encourage technological research and development to build a powerful air arm of the Navy.

This photograph was taken on the occasion of the first altitude record set by naval aviators in 1930. Pictured, from left, are Lt. Cdr. DeWitt C. Watson, Naval Aviator #2932, Secretary of the Navy David Sinton Ingalls, Naval Aviator #85, Soucek, and Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett (civilian clothes), first chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics. The altitude reached this day was 39,140 feet.

Moffett built and led the Bureau of Naval Aviation from 26 July 1921 until his death on 04 April 1933 in the crash of the airship USS Akron. Over this critical period of 11 years, Moffett's drive and vision led to the construction of our first aircraft carriers, and the formation and training of our first naval air wings. He laid the foundation for a powerful air arm of the Navy that would go on to win a technological war of air power in the Pacific during World War II.

William Adger Moffett had become the Father and Architect of Naval Aviation, and we celebrate the centennial of its creation this year.

Despite his mighty contribution to the nation, his hometown of Charleston largely has forgotten him. Only a plaque and simple display on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant commemorate the young boy from Charleston who left home for the Naval Academy in 1886.

More information:

  • Read more about Rear Admiral Moffett here.
  • Read about the air ship Akron here.
  • Read about the Centennial of Naval Aviation here.

Butch Hills is public information officer at Patriots Point.

Lessons from an election
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

NOV. 14, 2011 - I lost a city council election Tuesday.

It's OK. I'm glad I tried. More people need to take their shot.


But being on the other side of the press as a candidate provided an interesting twist to my normal role as a columnist. Over the last 10 years, I've been on the giving end of politics -- giving politicians everything from ideas to a hard time about various policy proposals. Now after taking a beating at the polls, I thought you might find it interesting to learn some of the lessons that politicians experience all of the time during elections.

  • Family first. Win or lose, you realize as the results are scrolling across the screen that your family comes first. They're there to support you when you do well and to support you when you don't prevail. If you haven't thanked your family in awhile for having your back, you might want to hug them a little more.

  • Real friends. In the election process, you learn who your real friends are. There are some people who you think are friends who surprise you by supporting someone else. There are others who you haven't kept up with in awhile who surprise you by helping a lot. Elections weed out fair-weather friends and focus you on who really matters. Elections also provide campaigns with generous volunteers, who become new friends. And we can all use new friends.

  • Community connection. The process of knocking on hundreds of doors, meeting people in coffee shops and participating in forums exposed me to neighborhoods with which I was unfamiliar. The campaign process deepened my connection throughout the community which makes the West Ashley area of Charleston feel even more like home than ever before. It's a good feeling to feel more connected in your community.

  • Young Ellie Brack helps "Daddy" vote on Nov. 8.
    Lesson for children. It was heartening to see my two daughters get involved in the campaign. At ages 8 and 4, they would cheer when they'd see my yard signs and hiss a little when they saw opponents'. They'd tell people, "Vote for Daddy," and attend meetings with me. More than anything, they were part of the democratic process early, which I hope shapes their sense of civic responsibility. More children need to get away from video games and television to get involved early with what's happening around their towns.

  • Low turnout is a killer. Only 27 percent of registered voters participated in Tuesday's election, an abysmal percentage. And since not all people who can vote are even registered, that's a terrible percentage. Non-participating adults can learn something from children about civic responsibility. If you don't participate, you shouldn't raise Cain about what happens in your community when taxes go up or projects are built in places you don't want.

  • Stand for something and try. The political process forces candidates to stand for something. (This has never been a problem for any columnist, who essentially is a professional opinion-haver). But if you don't try to make an impact in your community to make it better -- even if you lose -- how can you look in the mirror any morning? This election convinced me to keep trying harder, not less.

So the election is over and I'm back to doing what I normally do. It was fun and I learned a lot. And as Albany (Ga.) Herald columnist Carlton Fletcher noted this week, we should all be appreciative for everyone who puts their name in the hat, win or lose. It makes our communities stronger. From Fletcher:

"It's easy enough to criticize those who sit in the seats of power - heck, some of us even get paid to do it. But sitting in one of those seats and working with others to try and make your community better is a far different and much more challenging thing. To those who were willing to do so, you have my gratitude ... and my respect."

Andy Brack is publisher of Statehouse Report and Charleston Currents. He can be reached at:

Chamber opposes attempt to change school funding

To Charleston Currents:

Last November voters passed the one cent sales tax for education with 64 percent voter approval. The Charleston Metro Chamber organized and led the "Yes for Schools" campaign, which led the way for this victory, ensuring our community would have the schools that our children and future workforce deserve. The entire effort was based on the list of specific projects that were provided by the Charleston County School District and approved by the previous Charleston County School Board. The Wando Middle College project is on the approved list but is now being threatened by certain members of the current school board.

The Chamber opposes any attempt to change the way the funding from the sales tax is spent and fears this could set a bad precedent. Join us as we oppose the school board in their attempt to interfere with the Wando Middle College sales tax project.

There are two ways to get involved in this important issue:

  • Contact school board members by email through our ChamberWatch Grassroots Center and let them know that you oppose any effort to change what Charleston County voters approved last November.

  • Fill the room! We want as many of you possible to attend the Charleston County School Board meeting, Monday, Nov. 14 at 5:15 p.m., at 75 Calhoun St., where the Wando Middle College will again be discussed. Chamber Chairman Ron Jones along with his "Yes for Schools" co-chair Patrick Bryant will be there to speak on behalf of the Chamber. Help us fill the room and stand to demonstrate the power of the business community in supporting this issue.

    -- Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber President and CEO, Charleston, S.C.

Goodwill ramping up efforts to help veterans

To Charleston Currents:

In 2010, more than 20 million men and women in the United States over the age of 18 were veterans. As service members transition to civilian life, they face a bleak job market in addition to other significant challenges that make it more difficult for them to find work, grow their careers and provide for themselves and their families. Physical and psychological disabilities, substance abuse, homelessness, long waits for benefits and other support services, and lack of immediate access to Veteran Affairs facilities are just a few of those challenges.

That's why Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina has ramped up its efforts to prepare veterans for careers post-deployment and connect them to necessary support services, including housing assistance and primary and mental health care. Through programs such as Operation Independence, Goodwill provides training and employability skills and supportive services to homeless and struggling veterans in the area. This program, funded by the Department of Labor, placed 19 veterans into jobs in 2010 and provides opportunities for veterans to acquire skills that will help them regain self-sufficiency and economic independence

A new initiative, Goodwill for America's Heroes and Their Families, seeks to increase the number of veterans and their families who access Goodwill's vital support services and are able to successfully re-enter the civilian workforce. This initiative, which kicked off in April, has served more than 750 veterans and their family members locally. More than 20 of these individuals have been placed in employment opportunities in their community.

On Veterans Day and every day, Goodwill remains committed to giving back to the men and women who have given so much to preserve our freedom and way of life. Your support of Goodwill helps us serve America's heroes as they build new lives for themselves and their families.

For more information on Veteran and other programs, contact Goodwill Vice President of Mission Services Jim Hughes.

-- Jim Hughes, Charleston, S.C.

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Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on the most famous Pig in the Lowcountry: Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.

Founded in 1947 in Charleston, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company proudly serves customers at more than 100 stores throughout South Carolina and coastal Georgia. Piggly Wiggly offers the finest quality meats, cut to order by skilled, in-store butchers, more local produce than anyone in the state, and freshly prepared deli foods that satisfy the Southern soul. The Piggly Wiggly family provides legendary customer service, delivered every day by the Employee Owners of our 100 percent employee-owned company.

By using their Pig Card, customers earn Greenbax that returns incredible value by offering free gas, free groceries, free gift cards, and many other opportunities to cash in and save. Piggly Wiggly remains deeply committed to investing in the communities we serve by supporting not-for-profit organizations of all missions and sizes to enrich the region’s quality of life. Piggly Wiggly’s roots run deep in the Lowcountry, and Mr. Pig invites Charleston Currents readers to invest in our local economy by shopping The Pig! More:

NEW: Piggly Wiggly introduces "Comeback Cash"

Comeback Cash, a new way for shoppers to save at their locally-owned Piggly Wiggly. Comeback Cash provides cash-off coupons for customers shopping with a Pig Card. As their cumulative monthly spending grows, customers earn coupons that keep cash in their pocket. When a shopper's monthly spend surpasses $200, they earn a $2 coupon; those who spend $400 a month also earn a $4 coupon and so on. Learn more.

Franklin was right: Turkey would have been a great symbol
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor

NOV. 14, 2011 -- Dad used to tell me bedtime stories about hunting. He grew up hunting all over the Lowcountry with his father and uncles, and he used to tell the most marvelous, vivid stories about it. Nothing gory for his 4-year-old daughter, of course -- these were suspense-filled stories largely about the excitement of the chase, complete with Dad's own sound effects for baying dogs, shotgun blasts, deer crunching through fallen leaves as they walked in the woods, and the sound of the horn blasts calling hunters home after a day's shoot. And I remember that plenty of times in his stories, whatever he was hunting escaped -- or he missed. Dad was an honest storyteller.

Although most of Dad's stories involved deer hunting, he did have a few about hunting for turkeys, which were abundant in the Lowcountry in his youth, and he did a great turkey-gobble sound effect. I think about those stories especially at this time of year; I wish I could recall the details, but they're lost in the sleepy dreams of my childhood. Of course, they wouldn't be the same without Dad's sound effects anyway.

I think Dad would have liked what one of America's great patriots, Ben Franklin, had to say about the wild turkey. Franklin wanted the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be on our nation's Great Seal. As we head into Thanksgiving, I thought you might enjoy hearing Franklin's thoughts on why the turkey is a better symbol for America than the bald eagle. Here's what Franklin said in a 1784 letter to his daughter:

"For my own part, I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him. With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but, like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing, he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. ... The Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. ... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Eating out on Thanksgiving
If you're one of the many folks who like to eat out on Thanksgiving, Charleston certainly has many wonderful options. Open Table, the online site that lets you make restaurant reservations electronically, offers a great page - click here -- that allows you to see a list of places that are open, then search for the time you'd like to eat and check availability. The page offers sites not just locally, but in a few other S.C. cities as well in case you're heading out of town. Among the local restaurants listed yesterday when I stumbled on the site were Slightly North of Broad, Peninsula Grill, McCrady's, High Cotton, Magnolia's, Oak Steakhouse, the Old Village Post House, 82 Queen, Blossom and more. Don't delay making your reservations! Thanksgiving's less than two weeks off.

Cooking Class Spotlight
Petite Sweets and Cookie Exchange Workshop: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Trident Tech's Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St. downtown. Nothing says lovin' like somethin' from the oven, right? (Apologies to the Pillsbury Doughboy for that one.) Here's a great class from the pros at the Culinary Institute of Charleston that will offer plenty of ideas for edible gifts - and some treats to take home as well. Participants will decorate cookies and other small treats such as cupcakes, truffles and cake pops. You'll leave with new ideas for holiday gift giving and lots of goodies to give to friends and family. Cost: $69. Register/learn more.

Mount Pleasant writer and editor Ann Thrash can be reached at:

Hungry? Try 'Occupy Walnut Street' on Friday

Local food trucks will circle up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, for Crisis Ministries' "Occupy Walnut Street," an event to collect canned goods and drive awareness for Hunger and Homelessness Week.

Walnut Street is parallel to Meeting Street, where the shelter is located. Trucks from Roti Rolls, Taco Boy, Diggity Dogs and Geechee Island will be on hand to sell their wares. The shelter invites everyone in the community to bring nonperishable foods to fill its food truck.

Shelter workers say 99% of their nonperishable food donations come around the holiday season, and their goal is to fill the shelter's food truck on Nov. 18. All food served at the shelter - 365 days a year - is donated by the community.

There will be plenty of parking (take "I" street off Meeting and follow the signs.) Crisis Ministries is located on the DASH route, so the downtown lunch bunch can venture over easily.

Philanthropy Week celebrates those who give back

November's signature holiday, Thanksgiving, marks the start of the giving season, and for the sixth consecutive year, Philanthropy Week in the Lowcountry brings together local community organizations and businesses to highlight those who set the trend and inspire others to give back. ?

Held this week, Nov. 14-20, and organized by Coastal Community Foundation, Philanthropy Week is anchored by National Philanthropy Day, celebrated around the nation on Nov. 17 and locally with an awards luncheon hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lowcountry Chapter.

The luncheon, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Trident Technical College Complex for Economic Development, will recognize as Outstanding Individual Philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. George Fennell, and Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Glasspro alongside Coastal Community Foundation, the 2011 Outstanding Community Organization.

A new addition to Philanthropy Week will be the Nov. 18 Giving Back Awards. The televised awards celebration will be complete with red-carpet arrivals, emcee "Mr. Fun Is Good" Mike Veeck, and entertainment by the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Leah Suarez, and Quiana Parler. The event will honor outstanding philanthropy in the following categories: Volunteer, Creative Talent, Business, Community Catalyst, and Lifetime Achievement named in memory of local philanthropist Jerry Zucker. Red carpet starts at 7 p.m. and the awards show starts at 8 p.m. Reserved tickets are on sale now.

For the full calendar of Philanthropy Week in the Lowcountry events, go online to Also go online for ticket information for the Nov. 17 Association of Fundraising Professional's National Philanthropy Day luncheon or the Nov. 18 Giving Back Awards.

Holiday season will kick off with 'Wonderful Life'

Charleston's oldest performing arts group, The Footlight Players, continue their 80th Season with the Lowcountry premier of the American holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life."

Part of the cast of The Footlight Players' production of "It's a Wonderful Life" are, from left, Elizabeth Ludlam (Janie Bailey), Brooks Rowley (Tommy Bailey), Gary Ludlam (George Bailey), Ava Rowley (Zuzu Bailey), Deborah Culbreth (Mary Hatch Bailey), and James McKenna (Pete Bailey). Photo credit: Meredith Hemenway-Betzhold

The play, which is presented in two acts, is the story of George Bailey, the "everyman" from the town of Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. As Bailey teeters on the edge of despair, his guardian angel descends upon him on Christmas Eve to show him what the world would have been like had he never been born.

This faithful adaption of the 1946 Frank Capra film celebrates the faith of the season and the American philosophy of life: Hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family are all that any of us need.

Performances will be Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and
Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 3 p.m. Performances are at the Footlight Players Theatre, located at 20 Queen St. in Charleston. Ticket prices are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for students, $12 for children 10 and under.

  • For more information on this production or to purchase tickets, call the Footlight Players box office at (843) 722.4487 or visit

Two local companies get $200,000 investments

SCRA's Technology Ventures program, SC Launch, presented a "big check" investment of $200,000 each to two Charleston-area companies during Thursday's SCBIO/SC MedTech Conference.

CharlestonPharma, LLC and PatientTrack PRM each received the investment following a keynote address by International BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood.

CharlestonPharma is a cancer therapy company that was co-founded by a Medical University of South Carolina researcher and two veteran biotechnology executives. The company develops fully human monoclonal antibodies to the cell surface receptor, nucleolin, which is over-expressed on a wide variety of tumor cells but is not detectable on the surface of the corresponding normal cells. This unique profile offers the potential for personalized therapy and selective toxicity with a first in class targeted agent having a broad spectrum of tumor activity.

Patient Track PRM (Patient Relationship Management) also was presented a "big check." The company was formed to improve patient compliance and care outside of a clinical office visit. Patient Track PRM allows physicians to be proactive in the delivery of healthcare services by combining its Outreach Management functionality with Patient Database Mining to improve appointment compliance and identify patients with gaps in care based on current disease management and preventive care protocols.

With initial funding of $12 million in SCRA retained earnings, SC Launch has supported and funded over 188 South Carolina start-ups, provided business services through a powerful Resource Network to 230 early stage technology companies, and helped position emerging South Carolina Knowledge Economy companies to secure more than $167 million in follow-on funding from angel, venture and other private capital sources.

Community Sailing group sets oyster roast for Sunday

Local non-profit Charleston Community Sailing, which provides access, facilities and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, is holding its 5th Annual Oyster Roast at Bowen's Island.

The event, from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 20, will feature live bluegrass music, oysters, barbecue and beverages. Tickets are available at Ashley Yacht Sales at the City Marina for $30 for adults, $15 for youth and free for 12 and under. All tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more.

Charleston Community Sailing engages children and adults in learning experiences through innovative programs to build character and promote a healthy spirit, mind and body. In the past six months, Charleston Community Sailing Inc. has had a surge of growth. More than 250 children, including those in the new Guppy Program for 5-to-7-year-olds, were exposed to the water during the summer.

Currently, nine high schools, one middle school, a college team and the S.C. Special Olympics Sailing Team use the facility daily throughout the school year. Charleston Community Sailing also partners with Charleston County Parks and Recreation to provide access for youth and adult sailing classes. There has been tremendous growth in all of the programs and CCS is working diligently to find a spot on the harbor to call home.

  • Along with delicious food and music, the oyster roast will include a raffle of prizes. For additional information, go online or call 843-607-4890.

Walk with Magnolia's camellia experts through colorful gardens

Day Dream, White Doves and Sparkling Burgundy are some of the early camellia varieties that are spreading color during scheduled walks along the paths at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Follow Magnolia's camellia experts, Tom Johnson and Miles Beach, on daily walks through the gardens at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. The walks, limited to groups of up to 25 people, are an added feature to Magnolia's daily schedule until mid-March. Call the ticket kiosk to make reservations.

Magnolia's ancient camellias, first imported by the Rev. John Grimke Drayton in the 1840s from France and Belgium, are producing a colorful display of pinks, purples, reds and white.

As the winter turns colder, the Duke of Wellington, General Washington and Julia Drayton are among the other varieties that will make a showing throughout the gardens.

  • For more information call 843-571-1266.

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Battle of Port Royal a critical victory for Union Army
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

By Nov. 3, 1861, the first of the Federal ships that were part of "The Great Naval Expedition" arrived at Port Royal. The CSS Savannah, CSS Resolute, CSS Lady Davis and CSS Sampson moved in to confront the Union ships, but the firepower of the heavily armed enemy quickly chased them off.

The Battle of Port Royal.

On Nov. 7, the weather was favorable, and the Federal ships formed in two columns to attack the Confederates fortifications, Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard. The Confederates at Fort Walker fired the first shot at the approaching column of gunboats at 9:26 a.m. Quickly, the guns facing the harbor at both forts were engaged. The Union fleet executed its plan of maneuvering in a column, turning left and reengaging. The Confederate artillery was ineffective against the moving warships. After the first turn, some Union ships' captains made independent decisions to pull out of column seeking particular firing positions. Commander Sylanus Godon aboard the Mohican moved to fire on a Confederate battery. The three ships behind the Mohican, now confused, also broke formation. Only the Wabash and Susquehanna followed the plan, making three passes.

The forts and Union ships exchanged fire until just past noon. The Pocahontas, delayed in its arrival to Port Royal, joined in the attack on Fort Walker. Commander Percival Drayton, commander of the Union warship Pocahontas, faced his brother, Confederate Gen. Thomas Drayton, directing the action at Fort Walker.

By 12:30 p.m., Fort Walker had only three guns still operational. By 2 p.m., these guns were out of powder and the troops abandoned the fort. Seeing the departure of the Confederate troops, Union commander G.W. Rodgers led a boat crew to shore and, finding Fort Walker completely abandoned, raised the U.S. flag over the fort. Fort Beauregard had not suffered as much damage and could still return fire. Confederate Col. R.G.M. Dunovant, realizing that Fort Walker was now abandoned, ordered his men to quietly withdraw. The Union fleet only realized it was evacuated when there was no return fire.

The Confederates suffered 11 men killed, 47 wounded and four missing in action. The Union fleet only had eight men killed and 23 wounded. While the causalities were small, the victory provided the Union army and navy what they badly needed - a Southern base of operations.

The Battle of Port Royal was the first major Union victory in the war. It bolstered spirits in the North and caused much concern in South Carolina. One resident in Charleston wrote, "There is great terror prevailing here … I regard the city in hourly peril. I believe it could be taken in hours."

Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.

Fighting domestic violence

A corporate commitment to ending domestic violence prompted Charleston's Verizon Wireless Call Center to screen the documentary, "Telling Amy's Story," for supervisors and other leaders. By detailing a former company employee's homicide at the hands of her husband, the film provided a framework for awareness and discussion. As part of the screening, Verizon Wireless' Hopeline program also donated $5,000 to My Sister's House, a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The funds will go to the shelter's transitional program, which provides seed money for residential and utility deposits. Pictured here, from left, are Joyel Crawford of Verizon Wireless, Elmire Raven of My Sister's House and Denise Rowell of Verizon. Verizon Wireless' Hopeline program has collected more than eight million used phones nationwide. These are repaired for use by domestic violence victims, or sold, yielding funds for Hopeline to donate.


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Rest in Peace, Jazz man

It was a very sad day here at Charleston Currents when we heard of the untimely death last week of our former Post and Courier co-worker and friend, Jack McCray. Jack, an author, editor and lover of all things jazz, was without doubt one of the kindest men we have known.

As a Charleston Currents tribute to Jack, we thought we would run again the very first list we ran in this space, which was contributed by Jack as he offered these five little-known facts about Charleston's place in jazz history:

1. Deep roots. With coastal South Carolina being the first place where Negro spirituals were documented, Charleston's jazz roots are as deep as any other cradle of jazz.

2. Nurseries. A group home for boys and girls, the famed Jenkins Orphanage (1891-present), and a freedmen's school founded after the Civil War, the Avery Normal Institute (1865-1954), combined resources in the late 19th century to plant the seeds that led to Jenkins' becoming one of the most prominent jazz nurseries in America.

3. Sowers. Charleston jazz musicians participated in spreading America's most original art form around the world as much as those from any other city. This phenomenon peaked during and after World War I by way of traveling shows, military bands and early jazz bands.

4. Green. Rhythm guitarist Freddie Green (1911-1987), a Charlestonian who learned music at Jenkins Orphanage as a nonresident, was the principal architect of the sound of America's quintessential swing band, the Count Basie Orchestra, according to Basie himself. Green worked with Basie for nearly 50 years, a distinction that's come to be known as the longest gig in show business.

5. Livingston. Charlestonian Joseph "Fud" Livingston (1906-1957), a very accomplished reed player and composer/arranger, wrote the 1931 hit "I'm Through with Love," which was made popular over the years by singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nat "King" Cole and Marilyn Monroe, who sang it in the famous movie "Some Like It Hot" in 1959.

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    Funeral arrangements. The Harleston-Boags Funeral Home at 121 Calhoun St. in Charleston is handling the arrangements, which include a wake today at 6:30 p.m. at the Emanuel AME Church at 110 Calhoun St. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 15, at the Emanuel AME Church. A processional will precede the service, though time and route were not available at press time. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Jack's honor to a memorial fund being established through Jazz Artists of Charleston.

Aww, Mom …

"I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that, they just about throw up."

-- Barbara Bush

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NOTE: Lowcountry Local First is pushing "Buy Local" month from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 to showcase unique Lowcountry businesses and encourage people to, umm, buy locally. These events are marked below with a "Buy Local" logo.

Trident Health System Meetings: 6 p.m., Nov. 14, American Legion Hut, 180 Ravenel Drive in St. Stephen; 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Moncks Corner Town Hall; and 7 p.m., Nov. 28 at Bonneau Beach Civic Club. Trident Health System will hold Town Hall Meetings throughout Berkeley County to give residents a factual update on the hospital situation and allow them to have their questions and concerns answered about Trident’s proposal to build a 50-bed hospital in Moncks Corner while Roper plans call for a 50-bed hospital at Carnes Crossroads near Goose Creek.

Grand Opening of the Mom and Pop-Up Shop: Noon, Nov. 15, 359 King St. Shop features everything from local clothing and jewelry, unique book selections, cookies and olive oil to mattresses. Pick up your new Buy Local Card and check out all the member vendors. Free.

Mom and Pop-Up Happy Hour: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 15, 359 King St. Come have a drink and check things out. Local food and beverages. Free.

(NEW) 'World on Fire' Book Lecture: 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Bond Hall Room 165, The Citadel. Author Amanda Foreman will discuss her new book, "World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War," in a lecture, question and answer session and book signing. It is free and open to the public. The book follows the delicate and often strained relationships between Great Britain, the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Offices on Demand Workshop: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Nov. 16, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop for small businesses on offices on demand — flexspace, virtual offices and other options. Cost: $15 advance, $20 day of Chamber members, $30 non-members. Go online for more information.

Welcome Home Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 17, 10 Storehouse Row. Join us for local comfort foods by Annabelle's, such as chili and oysters and local beer and beverages. Free.

(NEW) Holiday Kickoff Party: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 17, Sweet Olive, 264 N. Shelmore Blvd., I'On in Mount Pleasant. Refreshments will be provided during this sneak peek at this year's holiday décor, locally made gift items and ornaments.

((NEW) Charleston Music Fest: 8 p.m., Nov. 18, Simons Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St. Renowned Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio of the Juilliard School joins Charleston Music Fest co-directors and string virtuosos Lee-Chin Siow (violin) and Natalia Khoma (cello) in the opening concert of the festival's sixth season. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained through email or by calling 843-953-0935.

Local Artisan's Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 19, South Windermere Shopping Center. In partnership with The Charleston Crafts Cooperative. Support local artistsand pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones.

Rural Mission Oyster Roast: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 20, Bowen Island Restaurant at Folly. This great fundraising event will provide support to the good work of the Rural Mission's ministry for outreach and home repair. Tickets prices are all inclusive: $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children 10 and under are $5. Price includes roasted oysters, food, drinks, terrific music and the atmosphere and setting that only Bowen Island can provide. Purchase tickets by calling 843-768-1720 or online at


Family comedy, Through Dec. 4, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, Charleston. Midtown/Sheri Grace Productions will present 14 performances of "Over the River and Through the Woods" starting Nov. 10. The "heartwarming family comedy" follows an Italian family, but offers universal themes. More info on times, dates and tickets online at:

Holiday Swing: 7 p.m., Nov. 23, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, Charleston's own resident big band, completes its 2011 season with Holiday Swing. Two sets with intermission. Adult tickets, $30 advance, $40 day of show. Senior tickets, $25 advance, $35 day of show. Student tickets, $20 advance, $30 day of show. Tickets are available online and at, in person, JAC Box Office, 185-A St. Philip St., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by telephone, 843-641-0011.

Tech Entrepreneur Training: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 12 at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave. BizBuilderSC, which offers statewide entrepreneur and small business training, is offering the 10-week course "NxLevel for Tech Entrepreneurs." Tuition is $345, and includes materials. For more information or to register, visit online or contact Laura Williams at 843-805-3102.


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1/9: Greene: Black male depression
van der Meyden: Alcoa plant
Middleton: Mission accomplished
Cleveland: Library Society
Quinn: Co-ops connect
Campagna: Hometown heroes
Frazier: Gingerbread houses
Renee: Saderia book series
Hills: Aviation hero Moffett
Nikolajevs: Chamber music
Whetzel: Waterway app
Williams: On Charleston
Kaufman: Sustainability film
Wutzdorf: Education Foundation
Echols: RiverDogs give back
Raven: My Sister's House
Dewhirst: Arthritis battle
Blanton: "Neck" charrette
Ginn: Scoring our economy
Miller: Urban Horticulture Center
Frazier: Magnolia's azaleas
Stone: Helping
Blessing: Veterans to meet
Haley: Grow businesses
Harley: Better carriage law
Hargett: Regional plan
Renfroe: Bachelor Bid
Saunders: Law school news
Sarnoff: Cancer prevention
Savicz: Charleston's choirs


12/27: Defending Charleston
Battle of Port Royal
Fleet headed South
Port Royal Sound
Ohio native helps CSA
Blockade intensifies
Hampton's Legion
5/12: Beauregard prepares city
4/14: First shots fired
3/10: Student vs. instructor
2/10: War prep offsets horseracing


1/9: Visits for candidates
A different New Year's
Chek yur grammer
Letter to Santa
Economy looking better
Spirit of giving, responsibility
Be thankful for govt
Haley's port fracas
Election reflections
SC's immigration pickle
Stop messing around
Occupiers, tea partiers
On campaigning, fixing stuff
Our Civil War hangover
Great day in SC, Charleston
Do more to cut violent crime
Aquarium birthday party
Not the trip, the questions
Report shows kids' challenges
Metro Charleston impact
Tea party zealots
Fiddling with election law
New Orleans vs. Charleston
Time for Ard to go
Camp Ho Non Wah
Higher ed flexibility
A different Eden


9/1: Bill Regan, more
Aware of bed bugs
Violence and redemption
Emily in perspective
Yep, there's an app
Sunscreen and tennis
A good birthday
Help name a dog
Rain good; more needed
Family lexicon
Can Boomers earn encore?
5/19: Napa's not intimidating


1/2: Using leftover bubbly
Chefs' Feast
Festival tickets as gifts
Franklin's turkey
Perfect rice
Free tastings
Stack's Evening Eats
Herrick's new cookbook
Carter on Iron Chef
Sivvy beans
Figs on steroids
Lady Baltimore cake
Palette & Palate
That's the Spirit
Hook, Line & Dinner
Royal wedding cake
Brock on TV
G&G food brackets
Market counting
Wine + Food
Frozen Frogmore stew
Home cooking
SEWE 2011
Dry-erase board of shame
Restaurant Week


12/27: Coal ash, more
Boeing's solar farm
More eco-tours
More recycling ahead
Contrarian nuke voice
Recycling efforts
Green roofs, more
Single stream recycling
Port gets nod
Marketplace dissatisfaction
New green jobs in Jasper
Good for business
Boeing and green power
: Green economy moving
3/17: New offering
3/3: Recycling more
2/17: Veggies profitable
2/3: Companies at conferences
1/20: Green initiative
1/6: Green initiative


1/9: Herrick's 5 winter foods
Five area protected places
Civil war ammo
Green holiday tips
Nathalie's 5 holiday foods
How to appear busy
Kitchen tips
Coming events
McCray's jazz list
Home safety tips
5 for fright night
For ghouls, goblins
Art busting out
Getting outdoors
Giving Back awards
School improvements
Top Outside towns
Helping Sea Island kids
Speaking out
Homeless programs
Small biz help
Storm tips
Back to school
Savannah treats
New photo site
Charleston rum
What to do in Charleston
Debt ceiling list
Family Circle stats


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