About the Collection

This collection features a wide range of papers from the families of Charles Edmondston (1782-1861) and Charles Alston (1796-1881). This includes an extensive collection of family correspondence, especially during the Civil War years, which provides excellent insight into the wartime experience of the Alstons and those they enslaved, many of whom are mentioned by name. This collection also includes multiple documents regarding the history of the ownership of the Edmondston-Alston House in Charleston as well as the Alston’s multiple plantations in Georgetown, South Carolina.

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