Museum and Library of Confederate History – Greenville, SC

musuem greenville.jpgMuseum and Library of Confederate History – Greenville, SC

This is a unique museum dedicated to the accurate portrayal of the tragic periods in American History from 1861-1865, the time of the American Civil War.  The museum is the home to numerous artifacts and displays portraying the war and home life in the South during this time in history.

The museum of the 16th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Museum of Confederate History was established to protect, preserve and defend the memory, history and heritage of the 250,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the War Between the States.  It is focused on giving a true and accurate historical perspective of the War period in an educational manner as well as to preserve the cultural heritage and artifacts of the South.  There is an extensive research library in conjunction with the Museum.

morsecarbine.jpgThe Main Gallery is the home to an extensive collection of arms, artifacts and documents of this period.  Both the Army and the Navy are represented.  The Museum features the rare Morse Carbine, manufactured in Greenville during the war. Another rare piece is the piano.jpgLe Mat pistol. There is also a rare 1850’s piano that is believed to have arrived in South Carolina after running the blockade.  This is a beautiful piano with the decorative bench seat.medical1.jpg

There is a scale model of the Hunley submarine which was the first successful submarine.jpgcombat submarine in the world.

The Heritage Room is the home to one of the few remaining original copies of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession.  The room is also home to artifacts of the soldier life including uniforms and medical instruments.

During the early months of the war the Confederate soldier often wore their former Union uniforms and one of these is also on display.  The medical instruments and supplies showcased in this room show how little the surgeons had to work with to try to save the lives of the injured.  Supplies ran short frequently and lives were lost in the hospitals due to the shortages.  Not only were supplies short but the germs that flowed freely during this time were guilty of causing thousands of soldiers.  Medical science didn’t understand the affect of germs and contamination in the early days.

The Vance Drawdy Library is the research arm of the Museum.  It contains the entire roster of Confederate soldiers and numerous regimental histories.  There is also a copy of the Official Records of the War as published by the US Government.  If you have an interest in finding true history of this time you will want to spend some time in this area of the facility. 

Enter the Tingle Documents and Currency Room and see both the Confederate currency and newspaper and magazine articles from the time of the War.  Confederate currency was issued by both the Confederate government and state banks.

The Home Front Room contains artifacts and displays of life in the homes of those left behind when the men went to war.  Whether they lived on the farm or in town the life was hard.  There are articles of women’s clothing and accessories on display.

oldvets3.jpgHall of Honor is where the Museum has the flags of the Confederacy and numerous photographs of Confederate soldiers in their uniforms.  Among the photographs are soldiers of the 16th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry which was recruited from Greenville county and black Confederate soldiers. Over 65,000 black Confederates served in uniform during the War for Southern Independence.  Notice the picture with both white and blacks sitting at the same table during this vet reunion photo.

There is a museum shop for you to browse through and see if you find something that is of interest to you.

Address: 15 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC, 29601

Telephone: 864-421-9039


Directions: Follow I-385 into Greenville. After the freeway stops, turn left at the first light onto Boyce Avenue. The museum is 1 1/2 blocks on the right at 15 Boyce Avenue.

Parking is available in the rear of the building.

Admission to the museum is FREE