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The Powder Magazine Dispatch - March 2016
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When most people think of duels, they think pistols-- but many duels were fought with swords; the most common weapon of the 18th century duel was the French small sword. Visit the Powder Magazine on Saturday,
March 19 to learn about the art of the duel! Join historical interpreter Sean Wallis to discuss the techniques and history of this gentlemanly endeavor, complete with demonstrations. The program runs 1-4pm and is included with admission to The Powder Magazine!
DID YOU KNOW? In 1777, a group of Irishmen codified dueling rules, calling the document the Code Duello. American duels followed this code until 1838, when a new version, written by former South Carolina Governor John Lyde Wilson, appeared.
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February Happenings

Grahame Long, chief curator of The Charleston Museum, gave a special lecture about his book Stolen Charleston to the Seabrook Island Natural History Group on Thursday, February 11. A delicious lunch was provided by Hollings Cafe at MUSC.
Volunteer Norma Vanas helped visitors make potpourri bags on Saturday, February 20. The bags contained cardamom, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves. Dried natural materials have been used for fragrance since ancient times.

Charleston History Trivia Bowl

Congratulations to The Licensed Guides! for winning the First Annual Charleston History Trivia Bowl. The team was made up of Ed Grimball, Fin Smith, Brian Simms, and Sue Bennett. The Licensed Guides! won the Golden Powder Horn and bragging rights! All proceeds went to support The Powder Magazine's education programs. Like The Powder Magazine on Facebook for more tournament photos!
In colonial South Carolina, the threat of Spanish attack from Florida was constantly on the minds of the people, even after the 1733 establishment of the buffer colony Georgia. An article in a March, 1737 edition of the Boston Evening Post displays this threat rather clearly!
The Moultrie (or Liberty) Flag was commissioned by Colonel William Moultrie. It was this flag that flew over Fort Sullivan when the Patriots successfully defended it on June 28, 1776; this date is now celebrated as Carolina Day. The Moultrie flag soon became well-known throughout South Carolina and the entire new nation. Liberty t-shirts, with the famous symbol and a quote from John Rutledge, are available for sale in the gift shop.
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