New Website: Medical Students and Faculty Join Confederate Military

The Waring Historical Library and MUSC University Archives announce the opening of a new web exhibit: "Civil Practice to Civil War: The Medical College of the State of South Carolina, 1861-1865"

The Medical College of the State of South Carolina (MCSSC), as it was known from 1832 until 1952, suspended classes after the March 1861 graduation, in anticipation of war. Many of the College's faculty, students, and alumni joined the Confederate military upon the start of hostilities leaving the College dormant for five long years. Even while the College was on hiatus, its students, alumni, and faculty were getting an entirely new education in the field hospitals and on the battlefields. The exhibit tells the stories of but a few of the hundreds of MCSSC's alumni, faculty and students who took their medical bags to war.

The exhibit will be updated and content added during the next five years to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

For more information about the web exhibit, please contact Brooke Fox, University Archivist.

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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.