Books

Dark Hours
$39.95
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.

Broken Fortunes
$39.95
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
$29.95
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.

Immortal 600
The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah
$20
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
$25.00
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
$20.00
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
$29.95
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.

Led On! Step by Step: Life in the South, 1828-1898
by Anthony Toomer Porter
$29.95
Led On! Step by Step details one remarkable man’s experiences during the tumultuous years before, during, and after the Civil War. Porter was born into a wealthy South Carolina rice-planting family, but sold his plantation and slaves (insisting that the enslaved families remain intact) and entered the Episcopal ministry in 1854. He witnessed secession, served as chaplain with the Washington Light Infantry, and confronted Gen. William T. Sherman on the streets of Columbia as the city burned. After the war, he campaigned for years to support his parish, as well as a black Episcopal church, an orphanage for the children of former slaves, and a school for impoverished white children (today Porter-Gaud School in Charleston). Led On! Step by Step recounts the stirring triumphs and depressing setbacks as Porter struggled to build up the spiritual and economic resources of his community.
 
The Civil War in South Carolina:
Selections from the South Carolina Historical Magazine
$29.95
Some of the finest articles exploring the Civil War in South Carolina, first published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine, are collected here in a remarkable volume that stretches from the gathering for the Secession Convention in December 1860 until the upstate battles that followed the surrenders of April 1865. Every corner of South Carolina is featured in these selections because the war touched the lives of everyone, rich and poor, black and white, Union and Confederate supporters. Contributors include some of the state’s leading historians: J. Tracy Power, Sam Stoney, J. H. Easterby, John Hammond Moore, Leah Townsend, Harlan Greene, and Eric W. Emerson.
 

Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories
Cainhoy, Wando, Huger, Daniel Island, St. Thomas Island, South Carolina
by Herb Frazier
$22.95
When freedom came to enslaved Africans who toiled on rice plantations in lower Berkeley County, South Carolina, many remained to farm the land and raise their families in settlements near the plantation gates. Four generations later, their descendants have shared for the first time family joys and sorrows in Behind God’s Back. Herb Frazier’s book records the experiences of Gullah people who struggled after Emancipation, through the Depression and into the middle of the twentieth century to maintain their African-based lifestyles in rural communities near Charleston.
 

Charleston Curiosities: Stories of the Tragic, Heroic, and Bizarre
By Michael Coker
$18.00
This collection of intriguing stories and vignettes describes several centuries’ worth of little-known wonders about the Holy City. Whatever happened to Osceola’s head? What was it like to walk the streets of Charleston just after secession was declared? Whether presenting the colonial struggle among European powers for control of Charles Towne or the real story of the origin of she-crab soup, this eclectic and engaging volume will delight seasoned historians, residents, and visitors alike.

South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set


The South Carolina Historical Society is pleased to offer several volumes of what will eventually be a fifty-volume set of books dedicated to all South Carolina regiments and soldiers serving in the Civil War. Each title in this series includes a regimental history or unit sketch, plus a complete and detailed roster of all the soldiers in the unit. Each soldier’s Civil War service record is transcribed from microfilm. Additionally, for each soldier in the roster there will be, as available, prewar and postwar information generated from a wide variety of sources, including census reports, pension records, burial records, personal letters, memoirs, and newspaper articles, etc. The volumes currently available are: The 14th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, of the Gregg-McGowan Brigade, Army of Northern VirginiaA History of the 3rd South Carolina Regiment: Lee’s Reliables11th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry; and 3rd South Carolina Battalion.
Volumes

 

Rockville
By Alicia “Lish” Anderson Thompson
$15.00
In 1666, Robert Sandford laid claim to “Carolina,” the land between Virginia and Florida, while standing on the banks of Bohicket Creek where the village of Rockville is today. Plantation owners from nearby Wadmalaw and other sea islands in Charleston County gathered their families near the region’s saltwater during the summer in hopes of surviving the dreaded malaria outbreaks. This volume from the Images of America series explores the history of Rockville using archival photographs of resident families, their summer homes, and their well-known annual sailing event, the Rockville Regatta.

Votaries of Apollo: The St. Cecilia Society and the Patronage of Concert Music in Charleston, South Carolina, 1766-1820
By Nicholas Michael Butler
$45.00
Blending archival research with musical expertise, Nicholas Michael Butler offers a definitive history of the dynamic and vibrant concert life in Charleston, South Carolina, during the era from 1766 to 1820, when the exclusive St. Cecilia Society functioned as North America’s premier musical organization. In the process he provides an unprecedented look into the early membership and inner workings of this storied “secret” society.

Slave Records in the Manuscript Collection of the South Carolina Historical Society
A Catalog Compiled by Carey Lucas Nikonchuk
Edited by Matthew A. Lockhart
Introduction by W. Eric Emerson
$10.00 
Of all the manuscripts held at the South Carolina Historical Society, records regarding the lives of slaves continue to be some of the most valuable and least used by patrons visiting the Society’s research library and manuscript archives. To compensate for this, we have compiled a list of several hundred documents in the Society’s collections that contain important information related to slaves in South Carolina.

Mary Boykin Chesnut: Mary Chesnut’s Diary
$15.00
Documenting the period between 1861 and 1865, Mary Chesnut’s Diary is widely considered to be one of the most compelling personal narratives of the Civil War. As the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and the wife of an aide to the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, Chesnut was well acquainted with the Confederacy’s prominent players and–from the very first shots in Charleston, South Carolina–diligently recorded her impressions of the conflict’s most significant moments. Written with urgency and surprising nuance, Mary Chesnut’s Diary is an epic rich with commentary on race, status, and power within a nation divided.
 

South Carolina Historical Magazine Index
$10.00

The South Carolina Historical Society has been publishing the South Carolina Historical Magazine for over 100 years. Researchers have requested an index to the names, people, places, and events referenced in these academic articles. This latest volume of the index spans the years 1981-1999.