Manuscript Collection

Col. Asbury Coward Papers - Accession 600 - M259 (308)

Title

Col. Asbury Coward Papers - Accession 600 - M259 (308)

Authors

Asbury Coward

Files

Download Asbury Coward: Soldier-Educator by Louise Pettus (182 KB)

Identifier

Accession 600 - M259 (305)

Inclusive Dates

1910,1925

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

4 pieces

Language

English;

Historical Note

Colonel Asbury Coward (1835-1925) was a Yorkville (York), SC citizen, founder of Kings Mountain Military Academy, Confederate veteran, and past president of The Citadel.

Col. Coward was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1835 and graduated from The Citadel in 1854. After graduation Col. Coward relocated to Yorkville, SC and with fellow Citadel graduate, Micah Jenkins, founded the King's Mountain Military Academy as a preparatory school for the Citadel in 1955. The school thrived until the school closed following the outbreak of the American Civil War when Coward, Jenkins, and 200 cadets joined the fray.

During the Civil War, Colonel Coward served with distinction in the Virginia campaigns and later in the in Georgia and Tennessee campaign. Col. Coward was with Confederate General Robert E. Lee during the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.

After the war Colonel Coward reopened the Kings Mountain Military Academy, but with South Carolina under military rule and with the death of Micah Jenkins during the war the school struggled until the school closed in 1886.

In 1890, Colonel Coward became president of The Citadel and served in the capacity until 1908.

(For information about Col. Asbury Coward please consult the biography written by Louise Pettus above.)

Scope and Content Note

Colonel Asbury Coward (1835-1925) was a Yorkville (York), SC citizen, founder of Kings Mountain Military Academy, Confederate veteran, and past president of The Citadel. The Colonel Asbury Coward Papers consist of two letters, one written by E.M.H. Frost to Mrs. Hughes conveying sympathy for the death of a member of the family, and one to Col. Coward from Mrs. Jennie Clarke Hughes wanting to know of his wellbeing and soldiers in his company.

Provenance

Col. Asbury Coward Papers were deposited in the Archives on August 29, 1984 by Louise Pettus.

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Col. Asbury Coward Papers - Accession 600 - M259 (308)

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