This is an important piece of Confederate military history, one that has not been published elsewhere. At the same time, it is a snapshot of one of the most important cities of the Confederacy during the early years of the Civil War.
When Charleston, SC, was under martial law during the Civil War (or the War Between the States), the person in command of the entire city was the Provost Marshal of Charleston. He was responsible for all activities in the city, both military and civilian.
During this period, the Provost Marshal, Colonel Alexander Haskell Brown, kept a “letter book” that today serves as a chronicle of the period of military law. (For those who might not know the concept of a letter book, back in the days before typewriters and carbon paper, official correspondence was hand written, then hand copied to a “letter book” so a record of the correspondence could be kept. Frequently, correspondence received was also copied to the letter book. As you can imagine, this letter book covers many topics germane to a city under martial law.)
Robert G. (Gerry) Carroon, the editor of this document, hand copied the original letter book, which is in the archives of the University of South Carolina, and transcribed it. A number of years ago, at his request, we published this document on CD-ROM. When we discontinued the CD in the process of phasing out our CD business, the material became unavailable for a period of time. We are happy to say that Provost Marshal of Charleston is again available, this time as a download.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about it and, perhaps, download a copy.