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Charles Stuart Vedder Papers

The papers of the Rev. Charles Stuart Vedder (1826–1917) consist primarily of letters as well as diaries spanning a period of over sixty years. Vedder moved from Schenectady, New York, to Columbia, South Carolina, to study at Columbia Theological Seminary. He was called upon to become pastor of the Summerville Presbyterian Church in June 1861.

Image from Charleston Savannah Railroads collection

The main line of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company, which began operations in 1861, ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, with service to other locations south and west of Charleston. In January 1867 under pressure from the bondholders, the Board of Directors agreed to transfer property rights and privileges of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company to the Savannah and Charleston Railroad Company.

Charleston Firefighters Rosters, 1862-1864

The collection consists of sixteen oversize sheets listing the free men of color who comprised various fire companies in the city of Charleston in the years 1863 and 1864. Nine different companies are included – Engine companies numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well as a Hook and Ladder Company. There are two sheets, nearly exact duplicates, for all companies except 2 and 8; there are many minor variations from sheet to sheet.

Slave Pass image

A collection of slave passes, some found in a Book of Common Prayer donated to the College of Charleston.

Civic Services Committee Papers

The Civic Services Committee (CSC) (1942-1946) was the predecessor body to Historic Charleston Foundation. It was formed by the Carolina Art Association to address the need for architectural preservation and to implement city planning in response to growth.

The collection contains Civil War correspondence from two Furman University alumni:

Samuel Pringle Letters: Samuel McBride Pringle was born December 7, 1839 and enrolled at Furman University in 1859. He left Furman in the spring of 1861 to join the Confederate Army. Pringle was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and never recovered. He died on September 24, 1862. The letters he wrote to his family during the Civil War have been digitized from the Samuel McBride Pringle Collection in the Furman Special Collections and Archives.

Claude Casey

Claude Casey (1912-1999) filled these albums with mementos from his career as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor. The photographs, clippings and ephemera reflect his personal and professional lives. 

Civil War Papers of Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman

This collection contains the mementos Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman, a former commander of the Washington Artillery battalion, saved in his scrapbook. It portrays a civil war colonel's dedication to preserving the memory of his unit along with a larger more important purpose of memorializing the era of the confederate soldier. The scrapbook and papers were handed down the familial line from Eshleman to his daughter and eventually given to the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) by the generous donation of Jack and Mindy Castles.

Receipt

William Butler [1790-1850] moved to Greenville from Edgefield in 1825 where he began to practice as a country doctor. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and served as a surgeon during the War of 1812. In 1841, he was elected from Greenville District as a Whig to the twenty-seventh Congress, and eight years later he was appointed agent of the Cherokee Indians. Already in poor health, William Butler died shortly after moving to Oklahoma to assume his position. His wife, Jane T. Perry, and children moved back to Greenville.

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