Tag Archives: SC Archives

The Statue of Commodore Perry in 1885

I came across this old newspaper article while working on the Confederate Historian papers at the SC Archives last week.  The other side of the paper has a printed roll of one of the South Carolina Volunteer Infantry units, which is why … Continue reading

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Brooks’ Battalion of Foreigners: A story of desperation, mutiny, and bravery

The letter begins: Sir, During the Summer, or Fall, of 1864 when the Confederate forces had been reduced almost to an army of cripples and there were no more old men or boys from whom to get recruits, and when … Continue reading

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The S.C. Obsolete Currency Auction is on!

From my post over at Palmetto Past: The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is auctioning, in sealed bid format, 317 lots of obsolete currency during the month of May. The Archives had 40 boxes worth of currency (now … Continue reading

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SC Civil War 150th on Facebook

I am now a contributor to the SC Civil War 150th page on Facebook, as sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Click here or on the image in the right margin to check it out, and … Continue reading

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How to run an immediate-need welfare program

Imagine a welfare program without legions of bureaucrats making rules and ordering people’s lives. Imagine a program that draws on citizens’ voluntary generosity and the opportunity to do well by doing good. No imagination necessary. It happened in 1781, and … Continue reading

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