View a slide show of Pat Conroy's Lowcountry, Beaufort County.
This is Pat as a cadet. His smile masks the misery he often felt at The Citadel.
Just before a Friday afternoon parade, Pat casually chats with students and comes eye to eye with a young cadet braced for inspection.
Pat's old company, Romeo Company, falls in on the checkerboard courtyard of its barracks.
Sallie Ann Robinson, one of Pat's students when he taught on Daufuskie Island, learned to cook in her grandmother's house.
"Thank you for the river and the stars and every house in Beaufort," he wrote in The Losing Season. The John Mark Verdier House is owned by the Historic Beaufort Foundation.
"The whole earth smelled as though a fleet of shrimp boats had returned for a day's work on tides of rosewater and eelgrass."