Museum and Library of Confederate History
The Museum and Library of Confederate History
The Museum and Library of Confederate History is run by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, Sons of Confederate Veterans. They have an extensive array of items from the Civil War on display. Most impressive are the displays of guns and weapons that were used in this war. A few of the noted weapons include a 1853 model Enfield Rifle, an authentic Derringer (the same model that killed Lincoln), and an authentic Colonel Le Mat's Confederate Two-Barrel Revolver. There is also a collection of weapons from Palmetto Armory out of Columbia, a company that turned to weapons manufactory during the Civil War. Another collection is the State Military Works Collection of Weapons featuring the Morse Carbine. They were the first weapons to fire modern style bullets and there were only between 1000 the 1500 ever made.
The display of home front items from the Civil War period tells of life for the women at home. There are many interesting items that would have been in most of the homes here during that period. One thing that I learned on my visit here was about the mourning clothes the women wore. On display are black dresses that would have been worn. It was thought that the women who wore these died of heartbreak and mourning shortly after the death of their husband. Modern science now lets us now that these women died from arsenic poisoning as arsenic was used to preserve the materials on the store shelves!
Some of the other items I found interesting were a bugle from the war that still works, a large collection of money from the era both confederate money and states money, and a newspaper. The newspaper is interesting in that paper was on short supply, so it was printed on the back of wallpaper.
You will find here an extensive library that is available to the public for research on the War, genealogy, or other related issues.
The Confederate Museum was nice. They had old confederate stamps, a reproduction of a Union Uniform. (It was a reproduction because this is a Confederate Museum.) There was also a prosthetic working leg the soldier made himself. They didn't have the man's dress leg because he was buried in it! They had a reproduction of a Confederate torpedo, the ones that were made out of beer keg's. And they had lots of guns.
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