Category: Civil War

Today in Darlington County History – September 19

September 18-20, 1863 – The Battle of Chickamauga, marked the end of a Union offensive in southeastern Tennessee and northwestern Georgia called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle…

Timeline of First Baptist Darlington 1829-1870

Timeline provided by the Darlington County Historical Commission and related article by Bill Segars, as printed in the Darlington News & Press.

The Bible that Stopped a Yankee Bullet

He fell and by the visible damage to his jacket was thought to have been killed. Stunned, he eventually shook off the chock to reveal that the Bible in his pocket had stopped the bullet. The minnie ball entered the lower right corner of the Bible and was stopped in Second Kings, thus saving his life.

A New Courthouse Dedicated, 1873.

“Today in History” we remember that on this date Friday, May 16 1873, Darlington County residents celebrated the completion and dedication of their “New” Court House. The first first session of court was held in it on June 2nd, Judge C.P. Townsend presided.

The Desecration of Lowther’s Hill Cemetery (aks Montrose)

Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have. — Benjamin Franklin

C.S.S. Pee Dee Burned and Scuttled on March 15, 1865

Today in History – March 15, 1865, the CSS Pee Dee was scuttled in the muddy waters of the Great Pee Dee River.

Military Occupation of St. John’s Academy

Within a few weeks after the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox, victorious Union forces began the systematic military occupation of the prostrate South. Garrisons were established not only in Columbia and Charleston, but in every court house town throughout the State, from which matters attendant to the “reconstruction” of the State were administered.