South Carolina in the Civil War

The Confederate Experience in Letters and Diaries


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About the Book

Although modern authors continually produce important studies of the War Between the States, the firsthand accounts of those who were in the conflict remain the most valuable tools for understanding. This collection of letters and diaries provides glimpses into the lives of a diverse group of South Carolinians. Among the seventeen accounts are the voices of women, including a Confederate spy; of officers like Captain Obidiah Hardin, who left his beloved Palmetto State to fight and die in Virginia before the war was even a year old; and of common men, like German immigrant Augustus Franks, whose love for his adopted state compelled him to staunchly defend the Confederacy. Collected from the archives of Winthrop University, these remarkable documents give voices and faces to the war as it affected South Carolina and her citizens.

About the Author(s)

J. Edward Lee is the coauthor of Nixon, Ford and the Abandonment of South Vietnam (2002) and teaches history at Winthrop University. He lives in York, South Carolina.

Ron Chepesiuk is a professor and head of special collections at Winthrop University. He is also the author of Sixties Radicals, Then and Now (1995), Raising Hell (1997), Hard Target (1999) and The Scotch-Irish (2000). He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by J. Edward Lee and Ron Chepesiuk

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 192
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2156-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “compelling…recommended”—Booklist
  • “interesting…expertly annotated”—Blue & Gray
  • “an engaging, well-edited series of writings by men and women who experienced the war firsthand”—North & South
  • “highly recommended…informative”—Midwest Book Review