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Days of Destruction: Augustine Thomas Smythe and the Civil War Siege of Charleston.


Days of Destruction: Augustine Thomas Smythe and the Civil War Siege of Charleston

Edited by W. Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes

University of South Carolina Press


188 pages




This book presents letters from Augustine Thomas Smythe, an educated Confederate soldier who served in the Confederate Signal Corps and on the CSS Palmetto State. His letters describe the attack on Fort Sumter and the siege, destruction, and abandonment of Charleston, his hometown, as observed from his post in the steeple of a church. An intro chapter gives background on his life and on the war in Charleston. B&w historical photos are included. The editors are affiliated with the South Carolina Historical Society. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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