FLORENCE, S.C. – A new book by Francis Marion University professor of history Larry E. Nelson, “Sherman’s March Through the Upper Pee Dee Region of South Carolina,” traces the movement of the Union general’s army through Chesterfield and Marlboro counties during the waning days of the Civil War.
The 44-page booklet, published by the Pee Dee Heritage Center, contains drawings from a contemporary journal, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, depicting the occupation of Cheraw and Bennettsville by Union forces in early March 1865. The cover features an artist’s depiction of Market Street in Cheraw with occupying Union soldiers on horseback in front of the Lyceum and Town Hall.
Also included are photographs of homes and other buildings in Cheraw occupied by Gen. Sherman or his troops. A map is included that shows the line of march of the left and right wings of Sherman’s forces through Chesterfield and Marlboro counties.
The book is available for $5 at visitor centers in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties and at many bookstores and museums in the Pee Dee region. It can be purchased in Florence at Porter’s Gift Shop and Books-a-Million. It is also available by mail ($5 plus $2 shipping and handling) from the Pee Dee Heritage Center, P.O. Box 100547, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC, 29501. The Cheraw Visitors Center is also accepting mail orders.
The Heritage Center is contributing copies of the book to junior and senior high schools in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties, and to county libraries and universities in the Pee Dee.
The book is an outgrowth of a lecture given by Nelson at a Heritage Center program in Cheraw in 1998. Publication costs were largely underwritten by a gift to the Heritage Center by Joseph K. Newsome Sr., a Cheraw physician with a long-standing interest in the history of Cheraw and the Pee Dee region.
Nelson, coordinator of FMU’s history program, earned a doctorate in history at Duke University. He has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1974.
The Pee Dee Heritage Center, based at FMU, is a joint project of FMU, Coastal Carolina University, Coker College and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville.
For more information, contact Dew James, director of the Pee Dee Heritage Center, at 843-661-1567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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