Museum provides streamable learning opportunities

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has begun presenting live, interactive streaming programs about the Civil War, offered at no charge to South Carolina public and private schools and homeschool families.

“South Carolina schools generally cover the Civil War in grades 3 and 8 during December and January. We thought that in support of that curriculum, we would offer a schedule of live and interactive programs, sponsored by Streamable Learning,” said Joe Long, curator of education at the museum.

“As a South Carolina company, we are always pleased to bring our South Carolina content partners to classrooms around the country and in this case, offer such programs to all classrooms in our state,” said Doug Ashton, CEO of Streamable Learning.

Each program will run about 30 to 45 minutes and will include live question-and-answer sessions in addition to the individual program content. The schedule of programs is available on the events page:

The first program, on Dec. 5, was about the museum’s collection of original Civil War battle flags. Future programs will include:

Dec 12, 12:10 p.m. – “Reunions, Monuments and Memories:” All about artifacts from after the war and how soldiers and their families remembered the conflict. Link to register:

Dec 13, 1:10 p.m. – “Cadets and Boy Soldiers:” Personal experiences of teenagers late in the Civil War, as the South in desperation stood its youngest up. Both artifacts and original accounts from survivors of units like the “Boys’ Brigade” (the South Carolina Junior Reserves, made up of 16-year-olds drafted in 1864). This is a session about the human face of war. Link to register:

Dec 18, 11:10 a.m. – “Through Fiery Trials: Religion in Civil War South Carolina:” What people believe has a tremendous influence on the decisions they make. This was as true in the 1860s as it is today. Learn about the faith of South Carolinians in the Confederate and Union armies and on the home front. This session is based on research done for our exhibit of the same title a few years ago. Link to register:

Dec 19, 9:00 a.m. – “Wade Hampton III - The Last Swordsman:” A soldier who later became governor, Wade Hampton was a reluctant secessionist but a soldier who led from the front. He frequently fought hand-to-hand, was wounded six times, lost a son in battle, and met George Custer’s troops at full gallop on East Cavalry Field at Gettysburg. A fascinating, sometimes contradictory and pivotal figure whose statue stands at the Statehouse. Link to register:

Jan 7: 10:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. – “Sherman’s Path of Destruction:” General William Tecumseh Sherman’s tactics of “Total War” changed how wars would be fought after the 1860s. How did he change the rules and customs of warfare? How much did that help the Union win? What was it like for the people in his path, and for the ones in his own army? Illustrated with artifacts. Links to register:

About the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is an accredited museum focusing on South Carolina’s distinguished martial tradition through the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the War on Terror, and other American conflicts. It serves as the state’s military history museum by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting South Carolina’s military heritage from the colonial era to the present, and by providing superior educational experiences and programming. It is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia, sharing the Columbia Mills building with the State Museum. For more information, go to

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