Introduced in 1900 as the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, the chief publication of the South Carolina Historical Society, and known since 1952 as the South Carolina Historical Magazine, the periodical represents more than a century's contribution of scholarly articles on 500 years of state history.

Not surprisingly, some of the most notable articles exploring the Palmetto State experience in the Civil War first were published in its pages.

Editors Lawrence S. Rowland and Stephen G. Hoffius have collected them in "The Civil War in South Carolina: Selections From the South Carolina Historical Magazine," published by the local firm Home House Press.

The book provides a chronicle that dates from the Secession Convention in December 1860 through to the Upstate battles that followed the Confederate surrender in April 1865. The articles offer the viewpoints and sensibilities of both sides in addressing such events as the attack on Fort Sumter and Sherman's March. More, it features consideration of widely disparate subjects from technological breakthroughs to resourceful recipes that substi-tuted for foods deflected by the Union blockade.

"We tried to pick the best, most readable and informative articles on each of the major subjects of the war," says Rowland, a distinguished professor of history, emeritus, at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. "Of all the articles that were published in the magazine over the last 112 years, we probably used 60 percent of them in the book.

"Those we did not select, which are still well-written, are listed in an appendix at the end of the book."

Aimed at general readers as well as academics, the book is divided into nine sections: Secession Convention, Attack on Fort Sumter, Occupation of the Sea Islands, Siege of Charleston, Sherman's March, War Without End, Business, Technology and the Homefront.

"These articles from 50 and 60 years ago provide a window to the subject," says Hoffius, a Charleston-based freelance writer-editor and a former editor of the magazine. "Many of these have been forgotten through the years. I don't think there's another book now in print that includes such a broad sweep of the war in South Carolina and yet at the same time is so detailed. There are lots of books available on one general, one battle, one city ... but not on both military and social history, from Beaufort to Greenville."

Every corner of South Carolina is featured in these selections, in that the war touched the lives of everyone, regardless of social or economic station.

"We did try to distribute the information from around the state," says Rowland, currently at work on the second of three volumes of "The History of Beaufort County." "And the book ended up being a lot bigger than we thought. Steve, who originally called me with the idea, anticipated a book half that size, but there were too many articles that were too good to be ignored.

"We rejected those articles that dealt with South Carolinians at war in other states. There aren't a whole lot of books that specifically address events in the war in South Carolina alone."

Contributors to this volume include a corps of leading Palmetto State historians, among them Harlan Greene, J. Tracy Power, Eric Emerson, Leah Townsend, Sam Stoney, J.H. Easterby and John Hammond Moore.

Home House Press is the publishing imprint founded by Charleston attorney Thomas Tisdale. Copies ($30) are available via email at or by writing to Home House Press, 109 Broad St., Charleston, SC 29401.