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Past Exhibit: South Carolina and the Great War

WWI Soldiers in A Trench


Get an in-depth look at how World War I impacted life in South Carolina.

Discover what life was like in the palmetto state on the eve of World War I, learn why America decided to join the war, examine the efforts South Carolina took to build up military forces, explore the war time experiences of overseas South Carolina soldiers and more.

In this exhibit, guests will travel back to the beginning of the 20th century, when South Carolina was still recovering from the Civil War. South Carolinians strongly supported the war and eight South Carolinians who joined the military earned the Medal of Honor. The exhibit will display the pistol of one of these soldiers, Lt. James Dozier, who used it during the engagement where he earned his Medal of Honor.

The exhibit also features:

  • Military uniforms, weapons and other artifacts on display

  • A recreated life-sized trench, complete with weapons and ‘trench art’ brought back from the war

  • A look at life on the Homefront in South Carolina during the war

  • A section on the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918. Guest will learn how nurses from Camp Jackson and the Charleston Naval Base tried to curtail one of the deadliest epidemics in our nation’s history.

  • And more

South Carolina and the Great War will immerse guests into life in South Carolina and those of the troops during World War I and is free with museum general admission or membership.