The Museum is operated by the Charleston Chapter #4 of the United Daughter's of the Confederacy. It is in Market Hall above the open-air markets. The Market Hall was built in 1841. The original purpose for the building was as the front entrance to the six blocks of the Farmer's Market in which fruits, meats, vegetables, and fish were sold. They held meetings and elegant social functions in the upstairs rooms.
When the Civil War broke out, Market Hall was needed for the thousands of men showing up to fight for the Confederacy. Here they were given their supplies, weapons, and orders. In 1894 the Charleston Chapter, Daughters of the confederacy was founded. They began collecting relics and the collection grew quickly. In 1899 the reunion of the United Confederate Veterans was held in Charleston. The men decided to help out the ladies with a permanent Confederate Museum. A call went out for donations. The men decided the same building they started as soldiers in should be where the collection should be. The Museum was opened here in 1899.
The original flag raised on April 14, 1861 over Fort Sumter when the Union forces left is on display here. Records have been found showing the five bullet holes in the flag happened on this day but it is not known how. See the lock of hair received when General Lee died is on display. The first Confederate made cannon is also on display. There are many personal items that were donated. These comprise an important pieces of our American history.
The Confederate Museum was cool. They had an original 1902 Teddy Bear that a former Confederate soldier made a chair for and gave to his daughter. They had the original first confederate flag to fly over Fort Sumter. There were five holes in a straight line they don't know how they got there. The uniforms seem so small. I could fit into them!
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