This is an engraving from 1863 depicting the April 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter. Image courtesy of the Fort Sumter National Monument, National Parks Service.
Find out about Civil War soldiers from South Carolina, battlefields such as Fort Sumter, and more.
Civil War Timeline
See a detailed timeline of events in the Civil War.
The Price of Freedom
Click on the Civil War to watch a movie, see artifacts, and meet famous people from the time period.
Robert Smalls was a slave from Charleston who escaped to freedom and became a ship captain for the Union army.
Wade Hampton III
Wade Hampton was a South Carolina governor and U.S. Senator that fought in the Civil War
William Henry Gist
Read the history of Rose Hill Plantation in Union County, built by “Secession Governor” William Henry Gist in 1832.
Who Am I?
Use the clues to guess the Civil War person.
Feature: Fort Sumter
War & Battlefields
South Carolina Civil War Battles
This map of South Carolina shows the battles fought on South Carolina soil.
The H.L. Hunley
The H.L. Hunley was a submarine built by the Confederates to attach Navy ships in Charleston. She sank off the coast and was raised in 2000 for preservation.
General William T. Sherman marched across South Carolina and Georgia, destroying much within his path.
The Union is Dissolved
The ordinance of secession was passed on December 18, 1860 in Charleston.
See the original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation which called for the ending of slavery in the Confederate states.
Confederate Constitution of 1861
Learn more about the constitution written by the Congress of the Confederate States.
Pieces of History
The Charleston Mercury newspaper printed this broadside 15 minutes after the secession ordinance was passed. Image courtesy of the National Museum of American History.
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American Civil War
Learn more about the events leading to the Civil War and the conflicts and battles during the war.