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South Carolina: Women of the Confederacy

In none of the Southern States did the women — and in this class is included many who, in years, were girls only — enter into the work of physical alleviation and moral inspiration with more zest or unwavering loyalty than those of South Carolina.

The act of secession was still in its early infancy when the Women’s Relief Associations, Hospital Associations, sewing circles, and scores of other organizations were organized throughout the State, and as the war advanced and demands from the battlefields from stricken soldiers poured in upon them, in the midst of their tears they were stimulated to greater and greater labors of love.

It should not be forgotten that no “Sanitary” or “Christian Commission,” heavily endowed by leading capitalists and supplied with government funds, brought nourishing food and medicine to the wounded or fever-stricken Confederate. Not in South Carolina alone, but south of the Potomac it was the mission of woman to attempt and in hundreds of thousands of cases to successfully perform this self-imposed and unprecedented task.

During the last of the war when South Carolina had scarcely an able-bodied man in civil life, it was the women who upheld the morale of the soldiers in the field long after many of the stronger sex knew, in their hearts, that the Southern cause was lost.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.

Source: History of South Carolina – Volume II, by Yates Snowden, LL. D.

Explore the map above in detail at Colton’s South Carolina.

Calhoun Street

South Carolina’s Earthquake Shocks in 1886

On the last night of August, in 1886, the people of Mecklenburg were shaken up, and many of them alarmed at the convulsions of nature. Some few persons who had a clear conscience and a good digestion, slept on as peacefully as an infant. The first came about 10 o’clock, probably one-third of the people in Mecklenburg were asleep, and many of those who had done a hard day’s work, did not awake. But on the farms the negroes were badly frightened; they called their nearest neighbors to come to their relief; some prayed aloud with great earnestness; others thought some enemy was trying to pull down their house, and they were defending their premises with rifles, pistols, shot guns, or anything they could get hold of.


Portrait of George Washington

Charleston Welcomes the First President

South Carolina is in the news right now as it readies itself for Saturday’s Republican Primary election in which voters will help select a presidential candidate for this fall.

As one of the longest continuously settled areas in America, South Carolina has a long history of dealing with presidents as we find in this 1883 book celebrating the city of Charleston’s first century of Incorporation.  This is an exchange of letters between the city leadership and President George Washington.

It is indicative of the era that the city’s letter sounds as though it is addressing a supreme monarch while President Washington’s reply stresses the importance of democratic ideals as the source and foundation for national ‘happiness’.