November 2014 Artifacts of the Month

This communion service, consisting of a silver plate and two goblets, was presented in 1861 to the "Washington Light Infantry", Co. A, Hampton Legion, of Charleston, South Carolina. The unit’s chaplain, Reverend Anthony Toomer Porter (pictured left), used this communion service during the war and later gave it to General Thomas M. Logan, the former captain of the company, who donated it to the museum.

Rev. Porter’s 11-year-old son died in 1864 from yellow fever.  While visiting the grave shortly after the war, he was inspired to a life’s work of educating boys orphaned or left destitute by the war.  “Suddenly I heard a voice saying to me, in distinct articulate tones, ‘Stop grieving for the dead, and do something for the living.’” 

Porter, a former rice planter, Episcopal minister, and founder of what became known as Porter Academy (now the Porter-Gaud School), died in 1902.

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