Erskine College: 175 Years

By Colin Woodward

Erskine College in South Carolina is celebrating its sesquicentennial. The college used one of my pictures I took of Gaines’ Mill battlefield (that I had posted on the Virginia Historical Society blog a few years ago) for a film they’ve made about their history. Here is the trailer.

Colin Woodward is a historian and archivist. He is the author of Marching Masters, Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2014). He is writing a second book on Johnny Cash.

2 thoughts on “Erskine College: 175 Years

  1. Cool! I work for Erskine – we’re so thankful to have access to photos & historical resources like yours.

    I didn’t know anything about the Battle of Gaines Mill before we started doing research for the various events in our 175th celebration. Several Erskine men, part of Orr’s Rifles from Anderson, SC, were in the first charge that day. Four EC alumni / students were killed in that charge alone, including the son of the college’s president. The film tells the story of the regimental chaplain who was an Erskine grad. He found the bodies of the four men and carried them all the way back to Due West to be buried in the village cemetery.

    Anyway, thanks for letting us use the photo. 🙂

    • Your very welcome! I’m afraid I’m too far to attend the movie premiere, but it was great to be a part of the project.

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