Historic South Carolina Ghosts and Legends

Historic South Carolina Ghosts and Legends Presented by Patricia McNeely. Dozens of tales of ghosts and haunted places have found their way into South Carolina’s mainstream media. Many have their origins in the 19th century and most in historic places. Some places have only one or two supernatural stories while others like Charleston, Columbia, Beaufort, … Read more

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier Presented by Patricia McNeely. Henry Timrod’s stint as a war correspondent for South Carolina’s Charleston Mercury was brief, but the Civil War and his experiences at the battlefront were the inspiration for poems that created his legacy as an important 19th century Southern poet. His poetry, which is usually … Read more

Edgar Allan Poe in South Carolina

Edgar Allan Poe in South Carolina Presented by Patricia McNeely. Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie in 1827 and 1828 under the assumed name of Edgar Perry. While there, Poe was gathering material for the first detective stories in the English language, including The Goldbug, which was set on Sullivan’s Island. He also … Read more

Lincoln’s Assassination and the Escape of John Wilkes Booth

Lincoln’s Assassination and the Escape of John Wilkes Booth Presented by Patricia McNeely. Even though President Lincoln had premonitions that he was going to be assassinated, he was sitting in the unguarded President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Controversy erupted in 1907 when witnesses said that the man … Read more

Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and The Petticoat Affair

Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and The Petticoat Affair Presented by Patricia McNeely. After the election of President Andrew Jackson, the ladies of Washington were horrified by the dubious reputation of Peggy Eaton, the wife of the newly appointed secretary of war. After trying for 2 ½ years to have her included in the social … Read more

Eyewitnesses to General Sherman’s campaign and the burning of Columbia

Eyewitnesses to General Sherman’s campaign and the burning of Columbia Presented by Patricia McNeely. General Sherman went to great lengths during the burning of Columbia, South Carolina to protect a friend whose family he had visited frequently while he was a bachelor stationed at Fort Moultrie between 1842 and 1846. The book and letters that … Read more

South Carolina Dances with Isabel Whaley Sloan

South Carolina Dances with Isabel Whaley Sloan Presented by Patricia McNeely. Isabel Whaley Sloan started teaching ballroom dancing and social etiquette in Columbia when she was 17 years old in 1914. For three-quarters of a century, generations of children, including Gov. Henry McMaster, flocked to her classes. Sloan was also well-known for organizing dances and social events for … Read more

Lincoln, Sherman and Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold

Lincoln, Sherman and Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold Presented by Patricia McNeely. Sherman’s brilliant campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ended in political turmoil with public insinuations from President Andrew Johnson’s administration that Confederate President Jefferson Davis had bought his freedom from Sherman with gold from the Confederate treasury.  Sherman was accused by high … Read more

Military Diaries: Personal Accounts of WWI and the Cold War

Military Diaries: Personal Accounts of WWI and the Cold War Presented by Patricia McNeely. Veteran reporter, author and USC Professor Emerita Pat McNeely presents recently edited military diaries and family histories of her husband and her father-in-law who served in the Cold War and World War I respectively. McNeely has added family pictures and additional … Read more