From secession to siege to surrender, the definitive account of the Civil War as experienced in the "cradle of secession"
Confederate Charleston recounts the dramatic Civil War experience of the city that witnessed some of the conflict's most noteworthy events. Presenting a multifaceted view of the diverse military and civilian population that flowed through Charleston before, during, and after the Civil War, Robert N. Rosen includes biographical sketches of P. G. T. Beauregard, Robert Barnwell Rhett, Angelina Grimké, and Robert Smalls. Additionally Rosen enumerates the wartime contributions of women, Jews, African Americans, and others, as well as the local experiences of Clara Barton, Frederick Douglass, and various other notable individuals.
Known as the birthplace of the Confederacy, Charleston hosted the tumultuous Democratic Party National Convention of April 1860 as well as the secession convention in December of that year. In addition to serving as a testing ground for unprecedented warfare tactics, the port saw the commencement of hostilities, the Battle for Battery Wagner and Morris Island, and the longest siege of the war. Rosen devotes chapters to these episodes, approaching them from both Northern and Southern perspectives and incorporating commentaries gleaned from diaries, letters, and newspapers. Adding to its significance, Confederate Charleston features more than 150 drawings, photographs, and paintings, many of which have never been published before.
Third-generation Charlestonian Robert N. Rosen is the author of A Short History of Charleston and The Jewish Confederates. An attorney who has served on the board of the South Carolina Historical Society, the Charleston Arts and History Commission, and the Historic Charleston Foundation, he holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Virginia.
"Rosen addresses the insatiable curiosity of general readers about Charleston in the Civil War and the necessity for historical accuracy in such an undertaking. The result is an easily read, nicely illustrated, and factually sound volume that conveys both the facts and the spirit of the topic… a delightful and informative work"—Journal of Southern History
"Rosen's engaging book provides a needed and profitable introduction to Charleston in the Civil War, complete with a helpful bibliography for additional reading hints. It is a book which ought to remain a staple on bookstore shelves for visitors and residents alike for many years to come."—Columbia (S.C.) State
"One wishes that every prominent city in the old Confederacy had a published tribute such as Robert Rosen has compiled for his native Charleston. Rosen has brewed an engrossing mixture of history, social customs, the beauties of antebellum Southern life, the ravages of war, and the heartache of man-made destruction. What Rosen has compiled is urban history at its finest, as in a qualitative presentation, and a story of war of which any South Carolinian will be proud."—Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch