Representing more than fifteen years of research drawn from some two hundred sources, Kirkland’s Dark Hours is a compendium of the 11,238 South Carolinians held in captivity as a result of their service to the Confederacy. Kirkland’s list includes the individuals’ names, ranks, and units; where and when they were held, and when they were moved; their final dispositions; and sources to assist researchers. This volume is the most complete record ever published of South Carolinians held in Union captivity during the Civil War.
Representing more than a decade of research, Kirkland’s Broken Fortunes compiles the records of soldiers, sailors, and other South Carolina citizens who gave their lives to the Confederate States of America and to the state of South Carolina–nearly 13 percent of South Carolina’s white male population at the time of the Civil War. Included in these records are the individual’s names, ages, ranks, units, home districts, places and causes of death, and more. The information compiled here offers invaluable data for Civil War researchers and enthusiasts, genealogists, local historians, and others.
A Confederate Englishman: The Civil War Letters of Henry Wemyss Feilden
A Confederate Englishman presents for the first time the fascinating Civil War correspondence of Henry Wemyss Feilden (1838-1921), a young British officer who resigned his commission and ran the blockade to become a Confederate staff officer in Charleston, South Carolina. Editors W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes have compiled Feilden’s letters to chart the history of his eventful career in the Confederacy from the time of his arrival in South Carolina in 1863 to the end of the war.
The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah
In 1864, six hundred Confederate prisoners of war, all officers, were taken out of a prison camp in Delaware and transported to South Carolina, where most were confined in a Union stockade prison on Morris Island. They were placed in front of two Union forts as “human shields” during the siege of Charleston and exposed to a fearful barrage of artillery fire from Confederate forts. Many of these men would suffer an even worse ordeal at Union-held Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia, where they were subjected to severe food rationing as retaliatory policy. Author and historian Karen Stokes uses the prisoners’ writings to relive the courage, fraternity and struggle of the “Immortal 600.”
The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History
On the foggy morning of August 16, 1780, American and British armies clashed in the pine woods north of Camden, South Carolina, in one of the most important and influential battles of the Revolutionary War. This engaging new book presents the Battle of Camden as never before: through the eyes and words of American and British participants and contemporary observers. The events leading up to the conflict, the combat itself and the consequences of Camden are all described in striking detail. In addition to these compelling first-hand accounts, The Battle of Camdenincludes analysis of the battle and its effects in America and Europe from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Lord George Germain. With this landmark text, author and historian Jim Piecuch offers a comprehensive consideration of a vital Revolutionary battle and its effects on the war for American independence.
South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path
During the fateful winter of 1865, General William T. Sherman led an army of over sixty thousand troops on a destructive march through the Palmetto State. Hundreds of the affected residents recorded their harrowing experiences in letters, diaries, memoirs and newspaper accounts, much of which is corroborated by the testimony of Sherman’s own officers and soldiers. Join South Carolina historian and archivist Karen Stokes as she brings together these stories from around the state. Stokes delves deep, including graphic accounts by civilians who were also affected by two lesser-known military operations that followed Sherman’s raid in the spring of 1865–Potter’s Raid, an expedition led by Union General E.E. Potter, and the raids conducted by Union troops pursuing Confederate president Jefferson Davis through the state.
The Shaftesbury Papers
The Shaftesbury Papers is the most important and sweeping accumulation of correspondence relating to South Carolina’s founding as a proprietary colony. It is composed largely of the papers of Anthony Ashley Cooper, first Earl of Shaftesbury and foremost of the proprietors responsible for the colony’s founding. It details, as no other published document can, the proprietary colony’s struggle to survive the Lowcountry’s harsh environment and establish a civilization that in many ways resembled England’s wealthiest Caribbean colony, Barbados. The Shaftesbury Papers is an invaluable resource for historians, genealogists, and those interested in South Carolina’s early years.