"The Civil War is one of the great defining events in American history. Oscar Wilde became aware of this fact during his first lecture tour in the United States. As part of his travels, he visited Charleston, South Carolina, known as the birthplace of the Confederacy. After dinner one evening, he walked on to the porch to catch the cooling breeze from Charleston Harbour and to admire the scenery of the moonlit night. As he enjoyed the evening air, he was joined by another guest, a Charlestonian. Looking for conversation, Wilde glanced up to the sky and commented, 'Isn't the moon beautiful tonight?' His companion paused a moment, sighed and replied, 'Ah, yes, but you should have seen it before the war.' This is one of the few recorded moments in which Oscar Wilde was left speechless."