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Travel Literature: South Carolina
The old Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.


I. Books and Published Materials
17th century
  • Virgo Triumphans, Or, Virginia in Generall, But the South Part Thereof In Particular: Including The, 1650
  • Narratives of Early Carolina, 1650-1708, Alexander Salley, Jr. Includes the following authors: Francis Yeardley, William Hilton, Robert Horne, Robert Sandford, Henry Woodward, Thomas Ashe, Samuel Wilson, Thomas Newe, Elder William Pratt, Edward Randolph, John Blair, Daniel Defoe, John Ash, John Archdale and John Oldmixon. *See also Google Books link listed in Web Sites
  • A New and Most Excellent Account of the Fertile and Famous Colony of Carolina, John Crafford, 1683
18th Century
  • Carolina Chronicle, Gideon Johnston, 1707-1716
  • 24 interesting letters re: activities of “Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts” in SC
  • A New Voyage to Carolina, John Lawson, 1709 *see also link to UNC’s Online Library of Southern Literature listed in "Web Sites"
  • A Letter from South Carolina, Thomas Nairne, 1710 Covers soil, air, products, government, laws, religion, people, and strengths of South Carolina. Very informative account.
  • A New and Accurate Account of the Provinces of South-Carolina and Georgia. . ., James Edward Oglethorpe, 1732
  • Detailed Reports On the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled In America…, edited by Samuel Urlsperger, 1734-1736
  • The Natural History of North Carolina, John Brickell, 1737
  • A Description of SC, James Glen, 1761 Not a travel account, per se, but includes much information on the State.
  • Diary of a Journey Through the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. July, 1 1765 – April 10 1766, John Bartram
  • The Carolina Backcountry on the Eve of the Revolution Charles Woodmason Mr. Woodmason was an itinerant Anglican clergyman. Traveled the State between 1766 and 1768.
  • A Short Description of the Province of SC, George Milligen, 1770 Touches on air, weather, and diseases of SC
  • An Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of the Colonies of SC and Georgia, Alexander Hewatt, 1779
  • South Carolina in 1791: George Washington’s Southern Tour, Terry W. Lipscomb ( published 1993)
  • Travels Through North and South Carolina..., William Bartram, 1793 documenting the American South
  • Geography Made Easy, Jedidiah Morse, 1796
  • Plantations of the Low Country: South Carolina, 1697-1865, William P. Baldwin, Jr.


1800-1850
  • South Carolina: The Grand Tour, 1780-1865, Ed. Thomas D. Clark (published 1973)
  • A View of SC, as respects her Natural and Civil Concerns, John Drayton, 1802
  • Extracts of a diary, Jonathan Mason, 1804
  • Remarks Made During a Tour through the United States of America, William Tell Harris, 1817-1819
  • Prominent features of a northern tour. Written from a brief diary, kept in travelling from Charleston, S.C... June 1821 – November 1822 *see also link to Library of Congress Online listed in "Web Sites"
  • Historical Collections of South Carolina: Embracing Many Rare and Valuable Pamphlets…, compiled, with an Introduction by B.R. Carroll, 1836
  • Religion and Education in America, John Dunmore Lang, 1840; on Google Books He traveled through the seaboard states from Mass. To SC. Visited Charleston and described the town and countryside with an emphasis on ecclesiastical affairs.
  • A Tradesman’s Travels 1840-42, William Thomson; on Google Books
  • A Day on the Cooper River, John B. Irving, 1842 Dr. J.B. Irving made several trips to the head of the Cooper river from Charleston, and wrote about the scenes in this book. Besides description, this work is rich in local history.
  • The Geography of South Carolina, William Gilmore Simms, 1843
  • Journals and Letters of Mrs. Eliza Pinckney (Printed 1850) Said to be one of the finest accounts of Charles Town and vicinity written in the Colonial period.


1851-1899
  • Recollections of Rambles at the South, William A. Alcott, 1854 A description of the travels of a New England farmer and schoolteacher who traveled through the Carolinas and Virginia
  • A Diary from Dixie, Mary Boykin Chesnut, 1859-1861
  • Military Journal, Ebenezer Denny, 1859; on Google Books
  • Mountain Scenery; The scenery of the mountains of western North Carolina and northwestern South Carolina, Henry E. Colton, 1859
  • Letters of General James Conner, CSA 1861-65
  • Les Etats Confederes d’Amerique Visites en 1863, Charles Frederick Girard
  • An Errand to the South in the summer of 1862, William Malet, 1863
  • Incidents in Dixie: Being Ten Months’ Experience of a Union Soldier in the Military Prisons of Richmond, New Orleans, and Salisbury, O.H. Bixby, 1864 Mainly describes Southern landscapes. Limited preview on Google Books
  • Ware Sherman, A Journal of three months’ personal experience in the last days of the Confederacy, Joseph LeConte, published 1939
  • Prison Life in the South: at Richmond, Macon, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Goldsborough, and Andersonville, Allen O. Abbott, 1864-65
  • The Star Corps: or, Notes of an army chaplain, during Sherman's famous ‘march to the sea,’ George S. Bradley, 1865 Notes of a Chaplain along on Sherman’s march
  • Sherman’s March Through the South, David Conyngham, 1865
  • The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians, James Fitz James Caldwell, 1866
  • Personal Recollections of Sherman’s Campaigns in GA and the Carolinas, George Pepper, 1866; at Google Books
  • Random Sketches and Wandering Thoughts: or, What I saw in camp, on the march, the bivouac, the battle field and hospital, while with the army in Virginia, North and South Carolina, during the late rebellion., Bartholemew DeForest, 1866; at Google Books
  • Memoirs of the Confederate War for Independence, Heros von Borckle, 1867
  • A Race for Liberty by William Burson, 1867; on Google Books
  • "A report upon the conditions of the South with regard…," Theodore Peters, 1867 An economic picture of the South at 1867. Solid information gathered from all social classes.
  • "South Carolina: A Home for the Industrious Immigrant", 1867 This pamphlet was designed to entice immigrants to the State.
  • The Capture, the Prison Pen, and the Escape, William Glazier, 1868; on Google Books Giving a Complete History of Prison Life in the South, principally at Richmond, Danville, Macon, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Belle Isle, Millin, Salisbury,and Andersonville
  • Last Winter in the United States…, John Murray, 1868 J.M. traveled across the South, Comments are on land, economy, families, and social customs.
  • The Southern States since the War, Robert Somers, 1870 Visited SC among other states. Was most interested in society and industry.
  • "Proceedings of the Immigration Convention, Held at the Academy of Music, Charleston, S.C., on 3d, 4th, and 5th of May, 1870"
  • "Washington’s Words to Intending Emigrants to America…", Elihu Burritt, 1870 A brief description of marshlands of SC along the Santee River.
  • "Sketches of Travel in the Old and New World: Charleston, SC" 1871 Includes letters from SC’s Governor, but mostly info. on Georgia.
  • From the Hudson to the St. Johns, Anthony Keasbey, 1874 He visited the cities of Charleston, Columbia, and Spartanburg. Includes a good description of the SC Legislature.
  • White Conquest, William Hepworth Dixon, first published in 1876 Based on travels among blacks and whites in SC, et al
  • Sketches of my life in the South, Jacob Stroyer, 1879 Author was born into slavery in SC. This is an educated autobiography that presents the “lights and shadows” of Slavery in a simple, yet effective, style.
  • White and Black: the outcome of a visit to the United States, Sir George Campbell, first published 1879 A description of race relations in the South, including SC.
  • Fast and Loose in Dixie, James Madison Drake, 1880; on Google Books
  • Recollections of the Inhabitants, Localities, Superstitions, and KuKlux Outrages of the Carolinas. By a “Carpet-Bagger” Who Was Born and Lived There, John Patterson Green, 1880
  • South Carolina: Resources and Population, Institutions and Industries, Harry Hammond, 1883 (reprinted 1972)
  • Southern Lands: Inducements to Emigrants, Robert Newman, 1883 brief travelogue designed to study possibilities of settlement in SC.
  • "South Carolina in 1884" A pamphlet published by the State Board of Agriculture.
  • Eighteen Months a Prisoner Under the Rebel Flag: condensed pen picture of Belle Isle, Danville, Andersonville, Charleston, Florence and Libby prisons, from actual experience, Samuel Boggs, 1887
  • The Flying Gray-Haired Yank, Michael Egan, 1888; on Google Books
  • A Sketch of the Resources and Industries of SC, 1888; on Google Books A publication of the State Dept. of Agriculture designed to get immigrants to come to SC.
  • Health Resorts of the South, George H. Chapin. 1891 Described 19 resort areas in NC, SC, GA, and FL
  • Dixie; or Southern Scenes and Sketches, Ralph Julian, 1896; on Google Books Very thorough travel book for the period. Insight into all social classes.
  • History of Kershaw’s Brigade, Augustus Dickert, 1899; on Google Books
  • "Dixie after the War", Mrs. Myrta Avary, first published in 1906 An exposition of social conditions during Reconstruction in VA and SC.
  • The Prostrate State: South Carolina Under Negro Government, James Pike A Maine journalist traveled to SC to observe reconstruction legislature in action.
  • A Trip Thru the Carolinas, Mary Camella Judson, 18--?
  • South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, volume 2, Edited by Marjorie Julian Spruill, Valinda W. Littlefield, and Joan Marie Johnson, 2009


20th century
  • Reminisces of Richard Lathers, Richard Lathers, 1907 Not travel literature, per se, but documentation of an active life in SC.
  • From NC to Southern California without a ticket, and how I did it, John Peele, 1907 2/3 of this book is about his adventures and experiences in the South.
  • A Sentimental Journey Through South Carolina, 1914
  • Reminisces of a Prisoner of War and his Escape, Daniel Avery Langworthy, 1915; on Google Books
  • What to see in America, Clifton Johnson, 1919 A Professional traveler gives the history of many places, including South Carolina. Most valuable for its pictures.
  • Glories of the Carolina Coast, James Henry Rice, 1925 Natural scenery, but devoted to early history and the present social conditions of the SC tidewater region
  • South Carolina: A Handbook, The Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Industries at Clemson College, 1927
  • The States Through Irish Eyes, Edith Somerville, 1930 Irish woman visited States in 1939. Tells of the hunting districts of VA and SC.
  • The Carolina Low-Country, Augustine T. Smythe, 1931
  • My American Friends, Lawrence Jacks, 1933 Interviews with Charleston Negroes – a social commentary.
  • Pilgrim Father, Guy Austin, 1934 Includes stories of SC by a man traveling across the East Coast during the Great Depression.
  • America after 60 Years, Morgan Price, 1936 Mr. Price went on a Southern tour during the Depression. Covers architecture, agriculture, unemployment, race relations, tenancy, and education.
  • Home by the River, Archibald Rutledge, 1941 Mr. Rutledge returned to his ancestral home in lowcountry SC. Tells of reconstruction of “Hampton” (his plantation) and the natural history of the region.
  • Red Hills and Cotton, Ben Robertson, 1942 Social Document of the Piedmont Region. Richly contemplative portrait of a people.
  • Carolina Quest, wood engravings by Sylvia Hahn, 1951
  • The Faces of South Carolina, Nancy Roberts, 1976
  • The American South: Towns & Cities, William A. Bake and James J. Kilpatrick, 1982
  • Architecture of the Old South, Mills Lane, 1984
  • South Carolina: A Geography, Charles F. Kovacik, 1987
  • Eyes to the Hills: A Photographic Odyssey of the “Dark Corner” of South Carolina, Dean Stuart Campbell, 1994
  • South Carolina: A Timeless Journey, Tom Poland, 1994
  • Women & children first: nineteenth-century sea narratives & American identity, Robin Miskolcze, 2007
  • Greenville South Carolina Illustrated, 1909 Brochure depicting significant places in South Carolina

21st century
  • Gravely Concerned: Southern Writers' Graves, John Soward Bayne, 2010
  • Outdoor adventures in the Upcountry, ed. by Michel Stone and Lydia Dishman, 2010
  • Souvenirs of the Old South: Northern Tourism and Southern Mythology, Rebecca C. McIntyre, 2011


Fiction
  • Horseshoe Robinson; a tale of the Tory ascendency in South Carolina, in 1780, John P. Kennedy, 1835
  • The Yemassee: a romance of Carolina, William Gilmore Simms, 1853
  • Katharine Walton; or, The rebel of Dorchester, William Gilmore Simms, 1854
  • The scout; or, The black riders of Congaree, William Gilmore Simms, 1854
  • Mellichampe: a legend of the Santee, William Gilmore Simms, 1854
  • Eutaw: a sequel to The forayers; or, The raid of the dog-days. A tale of the revolution, William Gilmore Simms, 1856
  • The cassique of Kiawah: a colonial romance, William Gilmore Simms, 1859
  • The black gauntlet; a tale of plantation life in South Carolina, Mrs. Henry R. Schoolcraft, 1860
  • Among the Pines: South in Secession Time, Edmund Kirke (pseudonym of James R. Gilmore), 1862
  • The Carolinians: an old-fashioned love story of stirring times in the early colony of Carolina, Annie L. Sloan, 1904
  • The silver bullet, or The young relic hunters of the Palmetto state. A story of to-day, A. S. Rowell, 1897
  • Red lanterns on St. Michael's, Thornwell Jacobs, 1940
  • Deliverance, James Dickey, 1971
  • The devil beats his wife: and other stories from the lowcountry, Horace Mungin, 2004


II. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Women Adventurers, 1750-1900: A Biographical Dictionary Mary F. McVicker, 2008
  • Historic Textbook Collections, 19th century and 20th century
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Volume 4 The Far East Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • The Commission or Southern Baptist Missionary Magazine
  • Literature of travel and exploration: an Encyclopedia, Jennifer Speake, editor, bibliographies and historiographies
  • The Norton book of travel, editor Paul Fussell, 1987 travel writing of notable authors
  • Return passages: great American travel writing, 1780-1910 Larzer Ziff
  • The Mind of the Traveler : From Gilgamesh to global tourism, Eric J. Leed
  • Women Writing Home, 1700-1920 Klaus Stierstorfer, 2006, 6 volume collection of women's letters from across the former British Empire includes Africa, India, USA, Canada and others
  • The Working Christian / The Baptist Courier (1869 to present)
  • The South Carolina Encyclopedia, Walter Edgar, 2006


III. South Carolina Maps
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Great Women Travel Writers: from 1750 to the present, editor Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp, 2005, General Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Exploration, 4 volumes, 4th volume 1850-1940, editor John Raymond Howgego, 2003-2008, Reference Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, editor, Kelly Boyd, Reference Collection
  • South Carolina State Road Atlas, Rixeyville, VA: RLM Enterprises, 2003
  • Mills' Atlas of South Carolina: an atlas of the districts of South Carolina in 1825, Robert Mills, 1966
  • South Carolina County Maps, researched, compiled and designed by C.J. Puetz 198-
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites