Charleston[a] is a town of about one hundred thousand in the southeast of South Carolina. (As usual, Wikipedia has some more background.)[b] It is famous for being the place where the first shots of the civil war ("War of Northern Aggression" as it is sometimes called around here) were fired, and also for being a town that Sherman didn't burn during his "March to the Sea"[c] and the following Carolinas Campaign[d] (he torched Savannah, GA, among others). Why it wasn't burned? Well, the maps show that Sherman avoided Charleston completely - it wasn't a case of taking the city and then sparing it, he never tried to attack it. The reason for that is assumed to be a combination of the estimated cost of taking Charleston, the estimated strategic gain and so on.
A typical Charleston street.
The houses usually have very beautiful (and very publically inaccessible) gardens. The garden here came witha sign that said "please enjoy the garden from the street".
No siree. Didn't think of it at all.
Row of houses near White Point, the southernmost point of the peninsula where Charlestown is situated.
White Point park.
Second South Carolina Regiment
To the defenders of Fort Moultrie
Memorial at White Point. A coastal battery used to be placed here.
Row of houses along East Battery street.
More East Battery street houses.
The "four corners of law" intersection. On the corners are the courthouse (state law), City Hall (munipical law), the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office (federal law), and Saint Michael's Episcopal Church (canon law).
Squirrels are everywhere.
The "Blind Tiger Pub". During the era when liquour could only be sold in amounts dictated by state law, an entrepenurial spirit set up a chain of "Blind Tiger" pubs. The pub would sell tickets to a fight between two such animals. When the spectators showed up they would be treated to a "complimentary" (and therefore not "sold") drink. Later, the pub owner would announce that unfortunately there would be no fight, but that tickets for the next day's fight could be bought.
Memorial to Cold War submarine crews at Patriot Point, across the river from Charleston.
South Carolina sunset, somewhere along the I-77.