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The Piedmont Historical Society, South Carolina

Dedicated to the Preservation and Sharing of Historical and Genealogical Resources and Research

 
The Piedmont Historical Society was founded in 1978 and chartered in 1981 under the laws of the State of South Carolina for the purpose of collecting, preserving and publishing historical and genealogy records of upstate South Carolina and other areas of the state.

 

 

Meeting Schedule

January 12, 20017 at 7:00pm

PLACE - Jeanne Harley Room in the Main Library downtown Spartanburg, SC

SPEAKER - Kevin Dietrich - director of communication & marketing, SC Bankers Association. He spent 20 years as a journalist, the final 5 as a business reporter for the State newspaper in Columbia. He served as speech writer to Gov Mark Sanford.

TOPIC - "The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War"

This Unit suffered the most battle casualties of any of he Palmetto State's seven cavalry units. Nearly all its combat deaths came during a two-week period in the summer of 1864, when more than 1,000 men, including more than 100 troopers from today's Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties, were thrown into their first real action of the war just days after arriving in Virginia. The regiment, composed of a contrasting array of wealthy men from Charleston society, poor farmers from the Upstate and Pee Dee regions, and many who fell somewhere in between, found themselves hurled into fighting on the bloody fields of Virginia as part of Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia after spending more than two years guarding the South Carolina Coast. The results were dramatic as, led by the likes of Wade Hampton and Matthew Butler, the 4th was forced to do battle with a vastly improved Union Cavalry force under Philip Sheridan and George Custer.


Remember everyone is invited to our meetings....everyone is WELCOME!
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New!!

A Bragg Line -  A report provided by a faithful member of the Piedmont Historical Society, Dr. Dan Olds, a retired Physics Professor from Wofford College. This will be permanently listed in the "Surname Studies" tab.

 

Michael Gaffney Documentation: A newspaper article provided by Dr. James Reid and an estate file provided by Betty Jean Dill.

 

John B. Easterwood  - This is a Family study done by Betty Jean Dill with the support of the PHS.  This Easterwood family was found in several of the family studies conducted by the PHS and this study completes the picture.  This study will be at the "Surname Studies" tab.

 

Mr. Tim Linder, President of Linder Family Association, suggested that the Piedmont Historical Society reprint from the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly pages that pertain to Spartanburg County, SC. He granted permission to post those pages on this website. Readers who would like to know more about the Linder Family Association, which has over 300 members across the country, and about the Linder Quarterly may contact:

Tim Linder, President
tdlinder@windstream.net


Bonnie Dailey, Editor
bonniedailey@sbcglobal.net


The Piedmont Historical Society hereby thanks the Spartanburg County Public Libraries for permission to post on this website the picture of 1884 Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg. This image is from the digital collection of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. A copy of this image (and of others in the collection) can be obtained by contacting:

Charity Rouse, MLS
Local History Librarian

151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Email: charity@infodepot.org  Phone: 864.596.3508
Phone: 864.596.3508

We at PHS wish to thank our skillful and talented Web Master for executing the transfer of the original Linder pages to the website. Way to go, Ted!

Please click here to access the Winter 2013-2014 issue of the Linder Quarterly.

 

 

 

We are interested in the these counties,
which comprise the South Carolina Piedmont
Abbeville Anderson Cherokee Chester
Edgefield Fairfield Greenville Greenwood
Laurens McCormick Newberry Oconee
Pickens Spartanburg Union York
 

**Please Note** When South Carolina became a state in 1785, the governmental units were called counties and remained so named until 1800 when the designation “County” was changed to ‘District”. In 1868 the name “District” was changed back to “County”, which name has been in use since then. The name of the governmental area changed at these dates but not its function.

Earlier, alternate designations for this area include
Cambridge District Camden District Craven County Ninety Six District
Pendleton District Pinckney District St. Mark's Parish Washington District

For the era prior to 1785, don't forget to check records filed in Charleston (or Charles Town) as that was the seat of colonial government and the place where legal documents were recorded. Prior to the early 1800's, North Carolina also claimed the northern portion of the South Carolina Piedmont. So, some of the early records will be found in Tryon County and Mecklenburg County as well as the colonial and state records of North Carolina.

 
Piedmont Historical Society Officers
Acting President Acting Treasurer Webmaster
Jeanne Lowe Tucker
bonniejlt@gmail
Dr. James L. Reid
jlreid@windstream.net
Ted Zajac
Zaytran@apk.net

 

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