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Charles Edward Cauthen
Charles Edward Cauthen (1897–1964) was John M. Reeves Professor of History at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he taught history and political science from 1943 to 1964. He was the editor of Family Letters of the Three Wade Hamptons, 1782–1901 and Journals of the South Carolina Executive Councils of 1861 and 1862.
J. Tracy Power is a historian at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. A former president of the South Carolina Historical Association, he is the author of Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox.
"While much has been written on South Carolina in relation to the Civil War, South Carolina Goes to War is the first published volume devoted exclusively to her political history from 1860 to 1865. It is also one of the relatively few monographs covering the war period for an individual Confederate state. For these reasons it is an important addition to the history of the state and the secession."—South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine
"The author clearly analyzes the propaganda in newspapers, pamphlets, political speeches, and pulpits and recognizes the mob appeal of 'Vigilance Committees,' 'Committees of Safety,' and 'Minute Men'. . . [Cauthen shows] secession was not the accomplishment of scheming politicos but the result of popular demand."—Mississippi Valley Historical Review
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