Jan. 31, 1865 - Confederates Appoint Lee Commander in Chief

Did you know that before Robert E. Lee was Confederate Commander in Chief, he was Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia?

Did you know that before Robert E. Lee was appointed Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, he was here in Beaufort District designing defenses to halt Yankee advances along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts?

Did you know that he bought Traveler for $200 from a fellow soldier at Pocotaligo?

Check out Lee in the Lowcountry: Defending Charleston & Savannah, 1861-1862 by Daniel J. Crooks, Jr. History Press, 2008. It is available in the BDC as well as at all the Local History sections under call number 973.7757 CRO.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.