Ruins seen from the capitol after Sherman’s March through Columbia. S.C., 1865. Photographed by George N. Barnard. 165-SC-53. Image from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Find out about Civil War soldiers from South Carolina, battlefields such as Fort Sumter, and more.
The Civil War Soldier
What was life as a soldier like in 1863?
Odds of a Soldier
Find out what the odds of a soldier were of being killed in action, dying disease, and being captured by the enemy.
Civil War Statistics
Learn more about the men who fought in the Civil War including average weight, age, hair color, pre-war occupations, and more
Civil War Maps
Discover maps of South Carolina, battlefields, and other maps from the Civil War era.
A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln
Learn more about the issues America faced during the Civil War era, including the war, the slavery debate, and the aftermath.
A Unionist, a Cooperationist, and a Secessionist
Unionist: Benjamin F. Perry
Benjamin Perry spoke out against secession, believing that secession would hurt slavery more than the federal government.
Cooperationist: Franklin J. Moses, Sr.
Franklin J. Moses, a state senator, believed that the Southern states needed to have a coordinated action, calling for a Southern convention to address the issue of secession.
Secessionist: John Henry Hammond
Senator John Henry Hammond was an ardent supporter of slavery and of immediate secession.
Watch this movie learn more about the Burt-Stark Mansion in Abbeville, SC which held the last council of war of the Confederacy.
Explore the history of this famous fort in Charleston, where the first shots of Civil War were heard.
Civil War Related Places in South Carolina
Find out more about places in South Carolina that have Civil War history.
War & Battlefields
Drawing of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
Civil War-era Foodways
Read recipes and descriptions of food cooked and eaten by civilians and soldiers during the Civil War.
The Bonny Blue Flag
Listen to the Confederate song written to celebrate succession and titled after the flag South Carolina used after its succession in December 1860.
SC Confederate Relic Room
Explore uniforms, photographs, swords, and other artifacts of the Civil War.
Camp Life: Civil War Collections
See how soldiers lived in camps as they spent weeks at a time in tedious routine.
Pieces of History
Images of the War
On April 14th 1861, men of the 18th South Carolina regiment raised this Palmetto flag over Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War.
For the first time, photographers could capture the battlefields and lives of soldiers as it happened
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Read about the tension between Southern states and the federal government, leading to an Ordinance of Nullification by South Carolina that allowed Southern states to nullify federal laws that were considered unconstitutional.
Sarah and Angelina Grimké were sisters from Charleston that became ardent supporters of the abolitionist movement.
Mary Boykin Chesnut
Mary Boykin Chesnut kept a diary of her experiences during the Civil War that was published after her death.