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Confederate PhoenixRebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina$
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Edmund L. Drago

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229376

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229376.001.0001

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Baptism by Fire

Baptism by Fire

(p.92) 8 Baptism by Fire
Confederate Phoenix

Edmund L. Drago

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses how South Carolina underwent a baptism by fire between 1861 and 1865. In January 1865, the ladies held a great “Bazaar” in the State Legislature to help wounded soldiers. The day after the bazaar, the Confederate Baptist issued an announcement of hope entitled “A Ray of Life.” Following this announcement was a reprint of an editorial from the Mobile Register. Because of this, the people were in a state of near panic. On February 18, 1865, Columbia, the capital now occupied by Sherman and his army, went up in flames. “Sherman” became a general term to cover all Yankee misdeeds and atrocities.

Keywords:   baptism by fire, South Carolina, soldiers, Confederate Baptist, Sherman

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