Civil War - High School

29th Regiment from Connecticut

 Detail from stereograph of Beaufort, South Carolina. 29th Regiment from Connecticut. Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

From the Battle of Fort Sumter to Sherman’s March and Robert Smalls, South Carolina played a significant role in the American Civil War.



Black Soldiers in the Civil War

  • Army Life in a Black Regiment
    Hear the recording of the recollections of a soldier in the First South Carolina Volunteers, the first slave regiment mustered into the service of the United States.
  • Black Soldiers in the Civil War
    Read about the recruitment of black soldiers, their white commanders, and a recruitment poster calling black men to military duty.
  • Black Soldiers in the Civil War
    Find out more about the contribution of African-American troops to the Union war effort.

War & Battlefields

{movremote}{/movremote}Battle of River's Bridge: Watch this video where Confederate soldiers made a stand at Rivers Bridge on the Salkehatchie River against General William Tecumseh Sherman.


Pieces of History

Images of the War

S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren
Charleston Harbor, S.C. Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren standing by a 50-pounder Dahlgren gun on deck of U.S.S. Pawnee. Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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  • Nullification 
    Read about the tension between Southern states and the federal government, leading to an Ordinance of Nullification by South Carolina that allowed Southern states to nullify federal laws that were considered unconstitutional.