Poised for the sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War, South Carolina and the Civil War brings together eyewitness views and accounts of this period of American history, selected from the rich holdings of University of South Carolina Libraries. Books, diaries, sheet music, maps, letters, photographs and illustrations all provide glimpses of everyday life during exceptional times. This collection provides students and other researchers with primary sources on the Confederate and Union soldiers, women, African Americans, and others who lived in camps and on battlefields, in urban and rural areas, at the homefront and on both sides of the blockade during our bloodiest conflict.

As we continue to add to this collection, we will include additional items documenting antebellum sectional tensions, the coming of secession, the progress of the Civil War, and the impact of Reconstruction in South Carolina and the United States. Materials in this collection appear courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library and the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

To see how this collection relates to past projects commemorating the Civil War’s centennial anniversary and to the greater historical context of such remembrance, read an introductory essay by Thomas J. Brown, Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Institute for Southern Studies.

For an overview of the collection with highlighted materials, see Research Associate Professor Dorothy Pratt’s introduction.

The SC Digital Academy, headed by Connie Geer, has produced the lesson plan South Carolina after the Civil War, which uses materials from this collection.

This collection is also part of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries’ Civil War in the American South External Link project.

Detail from cover of 'Battle of Port Royal,' composed by Charles Grobe Detail of postal cover with the political cartoon 'Why don't you take it?' Detail of carte-de-visite depicting the Catholic Convent ruins after the burning of Columbia Detail of page 186 from 'The Defense of Charleston Harbor' Detail of portrait of John Newland Maffitt of the Confederate States Navy Detail of letter, March 17, 1864, by Richard M. Cornell Detail of Colton's South Carolina map Detail of front page of 'The New South,' volume 2, number 30, April 2, 1864 Detail of broadside entitled 'Lines on the Back of a Confederate Note,' 1907 Detail of 'Wait Till the War, Love, Is Over,' by A. J. Andrews and G. W. Burton
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