Stolen Charleston: The Spoils of War

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During both the American Revolution and the Civil War, Charleston was not just a symbolic target but also one of the wealthiest--at least until the shelling started. Once the redcoats of 1780 and the Yankees of 1865 stormed in, nary a church, business or private home was spared fevered plundering. Worse, Charleston's own homefront defenders oftentimes helped themselves to unguarded heirlooms. In 1779, Eliza Wilkinson's shoe buckles were stolen right off her feet. In 1865, Union soldiers butchered several of Williams Middleton's valuable water buffalo and stole the others, some of which were later found at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. Join author and historian J. Grahame Long as he recounts the looting and lost treasures of Charleston.
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ISBN: 9781626190962
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: South Carolina
Images: 58
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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As Director of Museums for Historic Charleston Foundation, Grahame oversees and maintains all stewardship and interpretive initiatives at the Nathaniel Russell House and Aiken-Rhett House museums and serves as curator for the extensive collections therein. He has authored three books, published numerous articles and lectured extensively throughout the southeast on various topics concerning material culture, decorative arts, and social histories of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The former chief curator at The Charleston Museum, he is the resident historian for the German Friendly Society, a member of the Mayor’s Walled City Task Force and an honorary member of the Washington Light Infantry.
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