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