On January 13 the TCCWRT will present Rick Hatcher, Historian, Fort Sumter National Monument speaking on the topic “Siege of Charleston/The Hunley”
With the Civil War Sesquicentennial past the halfway point, the Tri Cities Civil War Round Table continues to bring interesting speakers in from around the nation, free to the public. On January 13 the TCCWRT will present Rick Hatcher, Historian, Fort Sumter National Monument speaking on the topic “Siege of Charleston/The Hunley”
A native of Richmond, VA. Hatcher grew up on the stories of his Confederate ancestors told by his grandparents. His interest grew during the 1961-65 Civil War Centennial. In 1983 he graduated with a BA in U.S. history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He began his career with the Richmond National Park Service as a volunteer in 1970, becoming a permanent employee in 1976. Hatcher has had a deep and rich career as an historian with the National Park Service. Prior to becoming historian at Fort Sumter National Monument in 1992, he served at Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown, VA., Kings Mountain National Military Park and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. He also serves as the historian for Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and Fort Moultrie.
Hatcher has provided specialized tours to U.S. military personnel, historical groups and dignitaries. He has worked with local, state, regional, national and international media outlets, serves on the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust Advisory Board and is the Fort Sumter NMP liaison officer with the Charleston Civil War Round Table. He is also a National Civil War Museum Advisory Council member and a regular speaker at Civil War Roundtables.
Hatcher is the author and co-author of numerous Civil War-related books and articles. His latest work, a co-authored book, “The First Shot”, was published in April 2011 by Arcadia Press. Hatcher is the co-author of This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove and Wilson’s Creek, The Second Major Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It, which earned the Missouri State Historical Society’s History Book of the Year Award in 2001.
The siege of Charleston, Hatcher’s topic, began on July 10, 1863 and ended on February 17, 1865, 587-days, the longest operation of the war. This includes the assault on Battery Wagner, the Hunley, the Swamp Angel, the bombardment of Fort Sumter with 7 million pounds of projectiles and the shelling of Charleston.
In addition Hatcher’s program will include the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley and it sinking the USS Housatonic outside Charleston Harbor on February 17, 1864.
The TCCWRT sponsored program will be on Monday, January 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00pm in the Eastman Recreation Center, Room 219. The program is open and, as earlier stated, free to the public.