Walter Edgar


Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his A.B. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens. In 1972 he joined the faculty of the History Department and in 1980 was named director of the Institute for Southern Studies. Dr. Edgar is the Claude Henry Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies and the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History. He retired from USC in 2012. He has written or edited numerous books about South Carolina and the American South, including South Carolina: A History, the first new history of the state in more than 60 years. With more than 37,000 copies in print and an audio edition, it has been a publishing phenomenon. Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution is in its fourth printing. He is also the editor of the South Carolina Encyclopedia.

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 "P" is for Pickens, Andrew [1739-1817]. Soldier. Legislator. Congressman. Born in Pennsylvania, Pickens moved to the Waxhaws area of South Carolina with his family in the 1750s, but after serving in the Cherokee War settled in the Long Canes area of western South Carolina. During the Revolution, Pickens became one of the most significant leaders of patriot forces in the South Carolina backcountry. He commanded the patriot forces that crushed loyalists at Kettle Creek and also commanded the militia during the decisive victory at Cowpens. After Cowpens, he was promoted to brigadier general.

  "L" is for Little Mountain [Newberry County]. Little Mountain is a monadnock, as isolated, eroded ridge of bedrock that lies above the general level of the surrounding area. The rocks immediately surrounding Little Mountain eroded faster than the hard rock of which it is made, leaving a prominent ridge on the landscape. Situated 16 miles southeast of the town of Newberry, near the town of Little Mountain, it is 2.9 miles long and a half-mile wide, rising between 630 to 825 feet above sea level. Little Mountain is geologically interesting because it is highly mineralized.

 "H" is for Heyward, James [1764-1796] and Heyward, Nathaniel; [1766-1851]. Rice planters. After the Revolution, the brothers began experimenting with the tidal irrigation method of rice cultivation. The process changed the social and geographic character of the lowcountry in South Carolina and Georgia. Increased production boosted profits, but the new techniques were expensive and labor intensive. James spent much of his life in England and Philadelphia as a factor for Heyward rice. Through marriage and inheritance, Nathaniel expanded his holdings to 35,000 acres and 2,000 slaves.

A History of Beaufort County - Bridging the Sea Islands' Past and Present, 1893 to 2006
University of South Carolina Press

(Originally broadcast 12/09/16) - In the third volume of the history of Beaufort County, Lawrence S. Rowland and Stephen R. Wise conclude their five hundred–year chronicle of the legendary South Carolina Sea Islands. A History of Beaufort County - Bridging the Sea Islands' Past and Present, 1893–2006 (2016, USC Press) begins with the devastating Sea Island Hurricane of 1893, one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

"G" is for Green Thursday.