Widows and Orphans
This chapter focuses on the rising number of orphans and widows in South Carolina due to the Civil War. The number of orphans began ballooning by the summer of 1862. The number of widows started to rise equally at the same rate as the number of orphans. There were several citizens who tried to organize associations and institutions to aid widows and orphans. Major cities in South Carolina had orphanages before the war, including the Camden Orphan Society (1776) and the Ladies' Benevolent Society for Orphans and Destitute Children in Columbia (1839).
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