Manuscript Collection

Civil War Records - Accession 181 - M82 (103)

Civil War Records - Accession 181 - M82 (103)



Accession 181 - M82 (103)

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

35 pieces



Historical Note

During General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous "March to the Sea" campaign during the American Civil War, the Union Army marched from Savannah, GA into South Carolina north through Columbia, SC, which was burned and captured on February 17, 1865, before crossing into North Carolina north of Cheraw, SC on March 3, 1865.

Scope and Content Note

The Civil War Records consist of dispatches during the American Civil War from General P. G. T. Beauregard mainly to General Robert E. Lee but also to Lieutenant General Wade Hampton and Major-General Lafayette McLaws concerning the movement and position of Union and Confederate troops in North and South Carolina; dispatches to and from Lieutenant General Wade Hampton concerning the movement and deployment of Union and Confederate troops; summary of principle events in South Carolina from January to March, 1865; and a report of Lieutenant-Colonel James E. Burton 33rd Infantry on operations of Union troops in South Carolina for February, 1865. The dispatches are invaluable to anyone researching General Sherman's march through South Carolina and burning of Columbia, SC during the American Civil War in 1865. All are typescript copies.

Additional Notes

The dispatches and other records were transcribed from War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.


Transferred from Reference Department’s Vertical File via Dr. Arnold Shankman, History Department.


American Civil War, Military Strategy, Union Troops, Confederate Troops


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Civil War Records - Accession 181 - M82 (103)

LC Subject Headings

Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893--Correspondence; Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870--Correspondence; Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902--Correspondence; McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897--Correspondence; Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891; Sherman's March through the Carolinas; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns