Battles in South Carolina

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union in December 1860, and was one of the founding member states of the Confederacy in February 1861. The bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12, 1861 is generally recognized as the first military engagement of the war.

Perhaps no other account of the war in South Carolina is now more rewritten than the story of the total devastation of the state and the almost 20,000 men who died. Most sites, now building on the false statements at Wikipedia give the number of men who died at 12,000. Broken Fortunes on the other hand lists 18,666 men by name who were killed in the war. That book has been in circulation for 20 years and Rivers' Roll of Honor has been available for well over 100. Likewise most every site only shows a dozen or so battles now, while our enumeration which has been on line since 1996 shows almost 400 battles in the state.


  • South Carolina Battles - Alphabetical

  • Preliminary Events

  • South Carolina Battles - 1860

  • South Carolina Battles - 1861

  • South Carolina Battles - 1862

  • South Carolina Battles - 1863

  • South Carolina Battles - 1864

  • South Carolina Battles - 1865

  • Postlude to the war

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