Citadel cadets to play vital role in Hunley funeral services
Citadel cadets and faculty will take part in the burial of the final crew of the H.L. Hunley and many of the events leading up to the April 17 service.
"We look forward to participating in this historic event to honor the final crew of the H.L. Hunley," said Maj. Steve Smith, who is helping coordinate the Hunley cadet detail.
Cadets from Palmetto Battery, the ceremonial unit of the Corps of Cadets, and cadet re-enactors will march in the procession from White Point Gardens to Magnolia Cemetery. In addition, 15 cadets will take part in a joint community service project April 3-6 to build a casemate carriage for an original cannon at Fort Sumter. The service project also involves Fort Sumter, School of the Building Arts, the Timber Framers Guild, and VMI cadets.
Dr. Thomas Kindel of The Citadel School of Business Administration will perform several times throughout the week. He will play a bugle left by the 5th Michigan Calvary at the battle at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. It once belonged to Gen. George Custer's private bugler.
"It is the oldest being played in the United States today," Kindel said.
The day of the funeral, 20 Citadel cadets, including bagpipers, will march in the procession and another eight will crew the cemetery cannons and fire the salute. Later that night cadets will greet guests at The H.L. Hunley Grand Ball on The Citadel campus.
The Citadel holds a unique place in Civil War history. Cadets were among those firing the first shots of the war on the Star of the West, a Union cargo ship. In addition, an act of the General Assembly on Jan. 28, 1861 created The South Carolina Military Academy as part of the Military Department of the State and conferred upon the Corps of Cadets the "Right of the Line" or position of honor of all South Carolina troops in any parade they may participate in.
cadets acted as escorts and guards of honor for many of South Carolina
sons who died in the Civil War. Most notably was, Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins,
Class of 1853, who is buried at Magnolia cemetery. Also, Henri T. Beauregard,
youngest son of Gen. P.G. T. Beauregard, "Hero of Ft. Sumter"
and Charleston's military commander at the time the H.L. Hunley operated
in Charleston harbor, matriculated and enjoyed all the privileges of State
cadets before leaving to join active military units.