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.
From the Battle of Fort Sumter to Sherman’s March and Robert Smalls, South Carolina played a significant role in the American Civil War.
- SCIWAY-Civil War
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
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
William Henry Gist was a South Carolina governor and leader in the secession movement.
- Who Am I?
Use the clues to guess the Civil War person.
- Fort Sumter Flag
See the actual flag that was raised over the captured Fort Sumter.
- Historic Images of Fort Sumter
Explore the pictures and drawings of Fort Sumter made during the Civil War.
- The Attack on Fort Sumter
Learn more about the morning of April 12, 1861.
War & Battlefields
|The Charleston Mercury newspaper printed this broadside 15 minutes after the secession ordinance was passed. Image courtesy of the National Museum of American History.|
- 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.
- Sherman’s March
General William T. Sherman marched across South Carolina and Georgia, destroying much within his path.
- Emancipation Proclamation
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.
- The Union Soldier
Learn more about the typical Union soldier’s uniform and equipment.
- The Confederate Soldier
Learn more about the typical Confederate soldier’s uniform and equipment.
- Women's Fashion
See dress styles of women during the Civil War.
- Women During the Civil War
What were the women doing while the men were away from home?
Pieces of History
- SC Confederate Relic Room
Explore uniforms, photographs, swords, and other artifacts of the Civil War.
- Envelopes of the Civil War
See improvised envelopes made of ledger paper and wallpaper as paper became scarce in South Carolina.