CIVIL WAR HERO LECTURE
Thursday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Part-time Daniel Island resident Charles Maraziti will present an audio-visual program on the amazing life of his great-grandfather Charles F. Hopkins, a Civil War veteran from New Jersey who served under General Philip Kearny with the First New Jersey Brigade.
Hopkins survived battles only to be captured and incarcerated in Andersonville Prison in Georgia, from which he managed to escape twice. Following his service, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless act of heroism at the Battle of Gaines Mill, VA, in 1861. Hopkins is also a recognized hero of the “Underground Railroad,” helping to transport runaway slaves to freedom in the north. Following the war, he dedicated his life to public service. Maraziti’s presentation will include a display of Hopkins’ Medal of Honor certificate, and other Civil War artifacts. Charles Maraziti and his wife, Pat, live in Boonton, New Jersey, but they have owned a second home on Daniel Island since 2003. Charles managed consumer and mortgage lending departments for major banks in New Jersey and NYC until he retired in 2008. “