He Cannot Escape Always
A dramatic reading at Middleton Place delves into a family's tragic experiences during the Civil War with correspondence between John Julius Pringle Alston and his family. Within months of the first bombardment of Fort Sumter, Alston successfully petitioned the governor for a commission and served as First Lieutenant, therefore earning a reputation as a skilled leader. He eventually died from a prominent killer of Civil War soldiers - not enemy guns, but typhoid fever. A narrator sets each scene and provides historical context for the letters, which span fifty years--the first, written in February 1861, and the last, a remembrance dated April 1918. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Thursday, 6:30pm. $25; $20 for member. (843)556-6020, www.middletonplace.org.