The Battle of Kings Mountain: First Link in a Chain

The Battle of Kings Mountain: First Link in a Chain Presented by Melissa Walker. In October 1780, backcountry men from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia marched over the mountains to confront British commander Patrick Ferguson who had threatened to lay waste to their homes “with fire and sword.” British General Henry Clinton … Read more

Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War

Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War Presented by Melissa Walker. The American Revolution in the South is the South’s forgotten war, and it was a true civil war. Much of the fighting in the South took place in the southern backcountry, that frontier area 50-200 miles from the coast, and … Read more

Undaunted Valor: The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War

Undaunted Valor: The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War Presented by Ron Roth. The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery is one of the longest-serving military units in the history of the United States.  Its service includes the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War … 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

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

Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas

Sherman’s Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas Presented by Patricia McNeely. General William T. Sherman created a new form of physical, economic, and psychological “total warfare” against civilians and private property in Georgia and the Carolinas that he readily admitted would be violent and cruel. In addition to physical and economic assaults, … Read more

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry & Africans in the Civil War

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry & Africans in the Civil War Presented by Joseph McGill, Jr. **Joseph McGill requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. A brief history of the approximately 180,000 African Americans that served in the Union Army and Navy during the Civil War, with a focus on the history … Read more

Civil Rights Movement & the Viet Nam War

Civil Rights Movement & the Viet Nam War Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This program will feature songs of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the United States discussed in context of historical events. Lyrics are provided. Dive into an investigation of the folk roots of early Civil Rights songs and the influence of soul/R&B … Read more