D. The Civil War

1861 - 1865

​Learn how South Carolina seceded from the Union and the South Carolinians who played a role in certain in events that took place during the American Civil War.

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Ann Pamela Cunningham | S.C. Hall of Fame
Ann Pamela Cunningham | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Ann Pamela Cunningham (1816-1868) was a South Carolinian from Laurens County who led the effort to restore and preserve Mount Vernon, George Washington’s ancestral home in Virginia. She served as...
James Louis Petigru | S.C. Hall of Fame
James Louis Petigru | S.C. Hall of Fame

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James Louis Petigru (1789-1863) was a lawyer, jurist, and Unionist politician known for his famous quote “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.” Petigru was...
Joel Poinsett | S.C. Hall of Fame
Joel Poinsett | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Joel Roberts Poinsett wore many hats in his lifetime, but is mostly known for bringing the Poinsettia Christmas Flower to the United States. He has been labeled Diplomat, Botanist and Statesman.
John C. Calhoun | S.C. Hall of Fame
John C. Calhoun | S.C. Hall of Fame

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5-minute biography of the life of American politician and political theorist, John C. Calhoun. Through the use of archival material, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations, this program...
Mary Boykin Chesnut | S.C. Hall of Fame
Mary Boykin Chesnut | S.C. Hall of Fame

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A 5-minute biography of the life of American Civil War era diarist Mary Boykin Chesnut. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program...
Robert Smalls | S.C. Hall of Fame
Robert Smalls | S.C. Hall of Fame

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In 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved crew-member of the CSS Planter, steals the boat, sails it past the heavily armed defenses of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and delivers it into the hands of...
Wade Hampton |  S.C. Hall of Fame
Wade Hampton | S.C. Hall of Fame

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A short biography of the life of Civil War leader and Governor, General Wade Hampton. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program...
William Gilmore Simms | S.C. Hall of Fame
William Gilmore Simms | S.C. Hall of Fame

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William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a poet, novelist, and historian whose work was a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He was called one of America’s best...