Baptism by Fire

Edmund L. Drago

in Confederate Phoenix

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229376
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234912 | DOI:

Series: Reconstructing America

Baptism by Fire

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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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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