SC Confederate Military Museum: Arming 19th Century South Carolina (30 June 21 - 30 June 22)


2nd Lieutenant
Aug 5, 2011
The Confederacy has never been known for its manufacturing capabilities. The fictional Rhett Butler told us “there's not a cannon factory in the whole South.” In real life, the Confederate secretary of war, Judah P. Benjamin, said, “Laws cannot suddenly convert farmers into gunsmiths.”

Consequently, most martial hardware the South used in the Civil War was imported, mostly from England. But some weapons were made, right here in South Carolina, in the 19th century, and some of those were carried into battle.

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has a significant collection of such items and has borrowed more, and you can see them in the new exhibit in the Malvina Gist Gallery, “Plowshares to Swords: Arming 19th Century South Carolina.”