Category: Issues and Themes

Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915

As Dr. J. Brent Morris wrote on the America's Reconstruction | The Untold Story website: "The Reconstruction Era was literally a period of rebuilding ... The ending of slavery not only brought freedom to African Americans but also inaugurated a complex reshaping of fundamental American institutions including the lawmaking process, family structure, church organization, and … Continue reading Reconstruction Period in Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862 – 1915

Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746 -1809: List of Materials and Links

Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746 - 1809 Planter, Revolutionary War soldier and politician, Heyward signed the Declaration of Independence for South Carolina. He has many descendants, some of whom meet at the Old House cemetery near Ridgeland, Jasper County on July 4th each year. Below are just some of the materials that the Beaufort County Library … Continue reading Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746 -1809: List of Materials and Links

Black Soldiers and Sailors during the Civil War : Selected Materials & Links

Approximately 200,000 men of color would serve in the Union Army or Union Navy during the Civil War. Some of the men were free black men from Northern states; some were former enslaved men from the states which seceded from the United States of America. Because the area around Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds was occupied by the Federal government so early in the Civil War, three of the four regiments of USCT soldiers raised in South Carolina were organized here. Latest revision: 14 June 2017.

Charlotte Forten, 1837 – 1914: A List of Selected Materials & Links

The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. Charlotte Forten (later Grimke) was a Northern teacher to the former enslaved people of Beaufort District during the Port Royal Experiment. Latest Revision 9 February 2012

Pirates of the Lowcountry

The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. The era of the pirates and privateers is a critical part of that history. Prepared by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL Beaufort District Collection Manager. Created: 11 September 2008; Latest update: 23 November 2011

“Dr. Buzzard” (1885 – 1947) and Rootwork: Selected List of Materials and Links

The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. Here are some suggestions to help you learn more about Dr. Buzzard, (aka Stepheney Robinson, Stepany Robinson, Stephney Robinson), a root doctor from St. Helena Island, SC. Latest update: July 26, 2011.

“Missionary Teachers to the Freedmen”

“Missionary Teachers to the Freedmen”

The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. The Port Royal Experiment is a critical part of that history. Prepared by staff of the Beaufort District Collection. Posted: 21 February 2011