AUGUST 2012: TheVoices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial.Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period.We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War web blog.
In episode 7, we visit the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where cotton production flourished during slavery. As the Civil War unfolds, the islands become the site of the Battle of Port Royal on November 7, 1861. Armies attack, slave masters flee, and cotton and slaves remain, once again, left with the dust from where the cannon fire settles. The battle, originally a conflict over Southern seaports, becomes a training ground for future reconstruction and what to do with those enslaved.
1 Library of Congress 2 Hagley Museum and Library 3-5 Library of Congress 6 Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library/University of Georgia Libraries 7 Library of Congress 8 House Divided Project, Dickinson College 9 Library of Congress 10 Duke University 11-12 Library of Congress 13 From the collection of Dr. Peter Keim, Austin, Texas 14 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 15 -23 Library of Congress