in 1896, the South Carolina
Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia
area. The museum focuses on South Carolina military history from
the Revolutionary War to the present.
recognized Civil War flag collection, a significant South Carolina
uniform collection, and a growing weapons collection are complemented
by a historical archives collection and a 19th and 20th century
textile collection, allowing the museum to interpret the political
and social influences on South Carolina's military history.
September 2002, the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum moved to
a renovated 17,000 square foot area of the old Columbia Mills Building,
near the State Museum. The martial tradition of South Carolina is
a theme running throughout the new exhibit and highlights the state's
unique but influential role in the history of our nation. Some artifacts
on exhibit are:
of the Palmetto Regiment, the famed SC volunteer militia that
helped capture Mexico City in 1848;
- "Wade Hampton for Governor" banner from the gubernatorial
campaign from 1876 at the end of Reconstruction;
- General Judson Kilpatrick letter calling SC the "hellhole
of secession," and vowing to wreak havoc as Sherman's cavalry
Battle Flags of 9 of South Carolina's Regiments on Display;
Flag of the Union 2nd SC Infantry composed of freed South Carolina
Brigadier General Micah Jenkins' Confederate frock coat worn when
he was killed in 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness;
Artifacts from the USS COLUMBIA , a World War II light cruiser
named after the city of Columbia that fought in the Pacific Theater.
museum, an agency of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board,
is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Only 11 of
approximately 200 museums and historic sites in South Carolina have
earned this distinction and just 750 museums out of 16,000 nationally
more information about the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum,
please visit the museum website at www.crr.sc.gov.