In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is hosting an exhibit on South Carolina’s role at the Battle of Gettysburg. The battle took place July 1-3, 1863, 150 years ago.
The exhibit, ‘Gettysburg: South Carolina In the Fight,’ is composed of various artifacts, maps and text panels that give a good background to the battle and also highlight the role South Carolina troops played. The artifacts include General Joseph Kershaw’s sword and General Wade Hampton’s mess kit. The artifacts are a mix of the museum’s own collection and loans for others such as the Gettysburg National Military Park and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa.
General Hampton led a calvary charge at the East Calvary Field against the Michigan Wolverines (that’s a regiment, not a football team!) that resulted in a stalemate. The Wolverines were led by a little-known general named George Armstrong Custer, of Little Big Horn fame.
Joe Long, the Relic Room’s Curator of History, said, ” If your looking for a place to dissect this battle, this is the place to do it, short of going to Pennsylvania.”
The exhibit will be at the Relic room until January 5, 2014 and is included in the regular admission. The Relic Room is located at 301 Gervais Street in the same building as the South Carolina State Museum. check the list for some highlights of the exhibit.
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Longstreet at Gettysburg
This reproduction of a painting in Spartanburg shows General James Longstreet’s troops at Pickett’s Charge from the Union perspective. Longstreet was a native of South Carolina but was raised in Georgia. He was one of Robert E. Lee’s trusted lieutenants.
Wade Hampton in Gettysburg
This photo shows General Wade Hampton III (in carriage with muttonchop sideburns) at Gettysburg in 1886. Hampton was seriously injured at Gettysburg and carried a bullet in his hip for the rest of his life.
The sword at the bottom of this display belonged to General Joseph Kershaw of Camden. Kershaw was from Camden and descended from the family for which Kershaw County is named.
General Wade Hampton’s mess kit is part of the exhibit. Hampton after the war served as the first post-Reconstruction Governor of South Carolina and as U.S. Senator.
SC Regiment list
This list shows all the units from South Carolina that served at Gettysburg. Unlike the Union Army, where units were numbered, the Confederate Army used commander’s names to designate various units.
This photo of the Gettysburg section at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston shows the graves of some of those killed at Gettysburg. On either side of the photo is a list of those who gave their lives there.
These two medals were from various reunion of Gettysburg veterans. the one on the left comes from 1913, which was the first reunion to be filmed. The one on the right is later.