November 19, 2022

Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina

Last Updated on February 18, 2020

Charleston, S.C. View of ruined buildings through porch of the Circular Church
Today in History–February 18–the Library of Congress features Charleston, South Carolina, which surrendered control to Union forces on this date in 1865. Learn more about this southern city that played a leading role in the events leading up to the Civil War by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to numerous related primary sources.

Charleston maps

Charleston images

Charleston chain-gang (film)

Charleston sheet music

Charleston songs & oral histories

Charleston books, articles & other texts

Historical newspapers published in Charleston

Charleston legislation

South Carolina primary source collections

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