On Saturday, November 9th, the Department of History hosted a living history event in the Cistern Yard that highlighted the little-known fact that the College of Charleston campus served as a prisoner of war camp for American prisoners during much of the Revolutionary War.
Throughout the day, groups of reenactors in period dress spoke to visitors about what life was like in Charleston in the late 1700s, and discussed details of the prisoner of war barracks that once stood where the Cistern Yard is today.
Guests had the opportunity to write with quill and ink to sign their oath to the King, or remain loyal to the colonial cause.
The event was organized by Department Alumnus Ben Schaffer, who is currently one of our Adjunct Professors. Thanks for putting together such an interesting and fun history event, Ben!