The Letter Book of Colonel Alexander Haskell Brown, Provost Marshal of Charleston
Edited with an Introduction by Robert G. Carroon
The Custom House, Charleston
This historically important document, edited and indexed by the great great grandnephew of Col. Alexander Haskell Brown, the Provost Marshal himself, represents our first publication of South Carolina history and our first of military history as well.
Under martial law during the War Between the States, the Provost Marshal (Charleston was under martial law for several months in 1862 following the fall of New Orleans -- an event ascribed by some in the Confederacy to the fact that New Orleans had NOT been under martial law) had very broad powers. The history in these letters, memoranda, orders, lists and related documents that make up the Letter Book covered the range of military and prisoner of war administration, as well as criminal and civil justice in the most important seaport of the Confederacy. As such, its importance is not limited to the boundaries of South Carolina, nor is its scope limited to Civil War history.
The Letter Book represents a fascinating historical view of the Confederacy in operation at a point in the war before their situation began to appear dire. It provides a view of an army in operation, with all the attendant issues that have arisen in military units forever and probably always will. It also provides a picture of wartime Charleston from an unique point of view. One sees patriotism combined with rivalry, and altruism combined with greed.
We are happy to provide an index of this historically important document. View the index of Provost Marshal of Charleston, SC.
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