In my opinion, this is the “heart” of Charleston. The intersection of Meeting St. and Market St. seems to me to be the center of activity in this city. It’s for sure the busiest intersection, especially with respect to tourist traffic. Most of the oldest and most interesting historical properties lie between this spot and the Battery. It’s here that you’ll find some of the oldest churches and cemeteries, with names like Calhoun and Rutherford on the tombstones. You’ll also find the house where the ideas of Nullification and Secession took form. In a very real sense, the Confederacy was born in Charleston.
It’s also, of course, where the Civil War began. From the Battery, you can look out across the water and see the remains of Fort Sumter, the federal garrison that was bombarded by Confederate forces in April, 1861. Ironically, the start of that horrible conflagration was nearly bloodless. Not one Union soldier died during the shelling.
As with all wars, they should have quit while they were ahead.