Civil War

Bronze Star on the side of the SC State House

Bronze stars mark the six locations where the SC State House was hit by artillery near the end of the Civil War. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

From the Battle of Fort Sumter to Sherman’s March and Robert Smalls, South Carolina played a significant role in the American Civil War.



Black Soldiers in the Civil War

  • Army Life in a Black Regiment
    Hear the recording of the recollections of a soldier in the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first slave regiment mustered into the service of the United States.
  • Black Soldiers in the Civil War
    Read about the recruitment of black soldiers, their white commanders, and a recruitment poster calling black men to military duty.

War & Battlefields


Pieces of History

Images of the War

S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a 50-pounder Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee. Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.