D. Michael Thomas is a South Carolinian and this is his second book. His first, Wade Hampton’s Iron Scouts: Confederate Special Forces, was published in 2018. He graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in History and is a Vietnam veteran with active duty service in the navy from 1968-1972. He is a life-long student of Southern history with special emphasis on the War Between the States.
Michael spent 5 years in banking and 31 years in International trade before retiring in 2008. When living near Richmond, Virginia, he spent ten years with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia serving as a volunteer historical researcher and, later, as a member of the Board of Directors. His research on Chesterfield County veterans from Colonial times to the Gulf War led him to author numerous newsletter articles on those veterans and their service.
Michael supported his local Little League for 13 years as a coach, umpire and member of the Board of Directors. He is an active member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Michael & his wife DeeDee reside in Goose Creek and, in May, will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary.
The author will have books available for purchase and signing.
Price of Event: Free, but a donation of $5.00 to the Beaufort History Museum is requested; Ages 12 – Adults
For more information: Contact the Museum at (843) 379-3079
Beaufort History Museum will present its fifth annual Living History Encampment on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9 AM – 5 PM in the Arsenal courtyard. Re-enactors coming to Beaufort from several states will portray Union troops from the Department of the South who were garrisoned in the Lowcountry and occupied the Beaufort Arsenal during the Civil War.
The re-enactors will set up camp in the walled Arsenal courtyard and provide a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages, who will be able to interact with the soldiers to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War years. A Civil War era cannon will be on display in the Arsenal courtyard the day of the event.
The Museum is again partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) and its Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center, located in the old Firehouse building on Craven Street across from the Arsenal, and with Beaufort County Library. The Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibit, Reconstruction Beaufort, is on display at NPS’ visitors center, which will be open the day of the Encampment.
Beaufort is the place where Reconstruction first began during the early years of the Civil War. The National Park Service plans special activities the day of the Encampment event for kids who want to earn their Junior Ranger badges and will have docents on hand at its visitors venter.
Admission is free to the Encampment in the Arsenal courtyard (donations to support the Museum are much appreciated). On the day of the Encampment event, admission to the Museum’s Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Arsenal will be specially priced at $6.00 per visitor ($5.00 for seniors). Museum members, children, and active military and their families are admitted to the Museum free of charge at all times. Admission is free to the National Park Service’s Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center.
Hold The Date! Reservations Open April 1, 2020
Advance Reservations for the Tea will be required (reservations will not be available at the door the day of the event). The deadline for making reservations will be announced when reservations open. Please note that the Tea has sold out in prior years before the deadline, so making your reservations early is strongly advised!
Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.
The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902