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Defending South Carolina's Coast: The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River (Civil War Sesquicentennial) [Paperback]

Rick Simmons
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September 15, 2009 1596297808 978-1596297807
In Defending South Carolina's Coast: The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River, area native Rick Simmons relates the often overlooked stories of the upper South Carolina coast during the Civil War. As a base of operations for more than three thousand troops early in the war and the site of more than a dozen forts, almost every inch of the coast was affected by and hotly contested during the Civil War. From the skirmishes at Fort Randall in Little River and the repeated Union naval bombardments of Murrells Inlet to the unrealized potential of the massive fortifications at Battery White and the sinking of the USS Harvest Moon in Winyah Bay, the region's colorful Civil War history is unfolded here at last.

Other books in the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series include:The Battle of AntietamThe Battle of FranklinThe Chancellorsville CampaignThe Battle of South MountainStonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley CampaignCharleston Under SiegeAndersonville Civil War PrisonThe Civil War at PerryvilleThe Battle of OkolonaFort Davidson and the Battle of Pilot KnobbThe Two Civil War Battles of NewtoniaThe Battle of Port RoyalThe Confederacy's Secret WeaponLee in the LowcountryFacing Sherman in South CarolinaThe Battle of Brandy StationThe Battle of Cedar CreekThe Battle of FredericksburgThe Battle of PiedmontThe Battle of New Market HeightsBig BethelThe Battle of Mine CreekWest Virginia in the Civil WarCivil War AtlantaThe Battle of WestportThe Union is DissolvedThe Battle of Fort Donelson

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Editorial Reviews


Highly recommended - Andrew Waggenhoffer, CWBA Blogspot

...A recommended addition to the collection of any Civil War history buff, but especially those who call the Grand Strand home. Heidi Coryell Williams --Grand Strand Magazine

Defending South Carolina's Coast is my favorite entry from The History Press's burgeoning Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. Simmons has crafted a useful, well written, completely original contribution to the literature. Civil War Books and Authors

"A recommended addition to the collection of any Civil War history buff, but especially those who call the Grand Strand home." --Heidi Coryell Williams

"Highly recommended" --Andrew Waggenhoffer, CWBA Blogspot

Product Details

  • Series: Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596297808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596297807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Rick Simmons was born and raised in South Carolina, and during the course of his education, he attended Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University and the University of South Carolina, where he completed his PhD in 1997. He lives in Louisiana with his wife, Sue, and his children, Courtenay and Cord, though he still spends a portion of the summer at his family home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. He is the holder of the George K. Anding Endowed Professorship at Louisiana Tech University, where he is currently the Director of the Honors Program as well as the Director of the Center for Academic and Professional Development. His 2011 book Carolina Beach Music: The Classic Years, was a finalist in the category of "Best Research in Rock and Pop Music" by the Association for Recording and Sound Collections (ARSC) for their 2012 Awards for Excellence in Historical Sound Research.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Readable History Book June 29, 2010
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Rick Simmons, Ph.D., has written a book that is very readable for those interested in this topic. He included many photographs, often taken by himself. He did his research and put together an excellent glimpse into the events in this area at that time. Defending South Carolina's Coast educates well, without boring, and offers many little-known facts about events at the Coast during The War. It offers not only information regarding military defense, but also information about the economy, industries in the area, residents, and how all these things interacted with the War. If you have not been a student of South Carolina's history during this period, and want something that will provide you with a great basic understanding, I highly recommend this book. My congratulations to the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative April 8, 2012
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I live in the area this book was written about and seeing education of the confederacy is slim to none its refreshing to sit and learn what made this country so great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book August 5, 2011
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I am about halfway through the book and find it excellent for its purpose. It is written for the casual history reader not the doctoral level historian. Since I live in the immediate area about which the book was written and have ancestors who probably fought in some of the skirmishes cited, it has filled in some gaps in my historical perspective. I recommend the book highly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough if repetitive history January 6, 2012
Dr. Simmons' provides an excellent examination of a little studied theater in America's Civil War. Although no major land engagements occurred on the Grand Strand, this lack of notable events should not be confused for inactivity. Through exhaustive research, Dr. Simmons succinctly explores the importance of the region to the Confederate economy and the efforts by the Union to choke off this vital lifeline for the Southern cause. Dr. Simmons research is both comprehensive and truly impressive. The exhaustive efforts of Dr. Simmons are evident throughout the entire book as he draws upon a diverse range of sources to color the complex goings of the region throughout the war. At times, the narrative surrounding events, such as individual confrontations between Union ships and blockade runners, can seem a bit scant on detail. While this lack of a more thorough narrative is unfortunate it is also emblematic of the challenges faced by a good historian. Rather than tackling a topic with bountiful accounts, Dr. Simmons clearly draws upon the scant materials available, such as barebones naval reports, and does his best to provide a window into a long neglected topic. Ultimately, a historian is a slave to the material available, and Dr. Simmons' handling of the issue speaks highly of him personally if engendering a wish that more information survived.

While this effort by Dr. Simmons is indeed praise worthy, it is not without fault. The first major issue is the absence of a map of the region that places the historical site covered and labels the various waterways. Although several maps from the period are included, none provide the clear and comprehensive overview of the region that would be of tremendous assistance to the reader.
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