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South Carolina // Columbia, SC // Southern Region // Eastern Time
(The Palmetto State)
(Charter) Colony of Carolina created: March 24, 1663, extended in 1665
South and North colony established: 1712, Royal colonies in 1729

Independence declared:

August 2, 1776
Union admittance: May 23, 1788 // 8th state

Secession from Union[1]:

December 20, 1860
Confederacy joined: February 4, 1861
Civil War[2]: April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865
Readmitted to Congress: June 25, 1868
End of Reconstruction: April 11, 1877
[1] The first state that seceded from the Union.
[2] The Civil War began at the harbor of Charleston, SC, when the Confederate Army fired on Union Fort Sumter after the commander of the fort refused to surrender.
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#4320 // August 11, 2011
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
South Carolina State Flag
and "low-country" marsh
with gazebo
#1992 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
South Carolina
Carolina Wren
(Thryothorus ludovicianus)
and Carolina Jessamine
#1640 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
South Carolina State Flag

#683 // April 10, 1930 // Charleston, SC
260th Anniversary of the founding of the Colony of Carolina
and 250th Anniversary of the founding of Charleston, SC

Governor Joseph West
("Father" of South Carolina),
and Kiowa Chief Shadoo

#1407 // September 2, 1970 // Charleston, SC
300th Anniversary of the first English
settlement in Charles Town (Charleston), SC

Against a background of pine wood,
the line drawings on the stamp depict:

The spire of St. Phillip's Church, State Capitol,
state flag, a ship, 17th c. man and woman,
a Fort Sumter cannon, barrels, cotton,
tobacco and yellow jasmine
#2343 // May 23, 1988 // Columbia, SC
South Carolina Statehood,
Ratification of the Constitution
on May 23, 1788

Palmetto trees on the beach

#3600 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from South Carolina

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View South Carolina state quarter
View South Carolina state map
View South Carolina clock

"Carolina" is taken from the Latin word for "Charles (Carolus)"
honoring King Charles II. of England (* 1630, r. 1660, † 1685),
who made the original land grant in 1629.
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
30,109 [77.982]
ranked 40th
(census 2010)
ranked 24th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
154 [59]
ranked 20th
The State of South Carolina has 46 counties.

Stamped Cards 


#UX362 // April 26, 2001 // Columbia, SC
Stamped Postal Card
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

The University was founded as South Carolina College on December 19, 1801
by an act of the General Assembly initiated by Governor (in office 1800 - 1802)
John Drayton (* 1776, † 1822).

The first President (in office 1804 - 1820) of the South Carolina College was the
Baptist minister and theologian Reverend Jonathan Maxcy (* 1768, † 1820).

American Civil War 


Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC
April 12 - April 14, 1861

The masonry sea coast fort Sumter, named after the Revolutionary War hero, General Thomas Sumter (* 1734, † 1832) from South Carolina, was the site where the American Civil War (1861-1865) had begun! The fort is located on man-made Sullivan's Island at the entrance to the harbor of Charleston, SC.
After demands for the fort's surrender, Confederate forces under the command of the Brig. Gen. P.G.T Beauregard (* 1818, † 1893) began on April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m. a fierce bombardment on the Union garrison of Fort Sumter. After thirty-two hours of continuous bombardment, US Army Major Robert Anderson (* 1805, † 1871), garrison commander, surrendered the fort on April 13, at 02:30 p.m.
The generous terms of surrender allowed Anderson and his men on April 14 to march out of the fort with their weapons and tattered banner and to board a boat that ferried them to the Union ships outside the harbor. They were greeted as heroes on their return to the North. Union forces regained control of Fort Sumter on February 17, 1865.

#1178 // April 12, 1961 // Charleston, SC
Battle of Fort Sumter
Civil War Centennial

Gunner and Sea Coast Gun of 1861
#3403o // June 14, 2000 // Baltimore, MD
(ex pane of 20 stamps depicting
different images of the US flag)

"Stars and Stripes"

33-Star Fort Sumter Flag of 1861

#4522 // April 11, 2011 // Charleston, SC
(ex souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive FOREVER® stamps featuring two stamp designs,
one stamp of each design on the frontside, five stamps of each design on the back)

American Civil War

"Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor",
reproduction of a Currier & Ives lithograph, 1861

Colorized US half-dollar coins commemorating the
Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12 - 13, 1861

Available for sale at the online shop of Mystic Stamp Company,
9700 Mill Street, Camden, NY 13316,
Price US$ 12.95 each coin.


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