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Charleston SC Chapter Officers

Chapter Officers & Executive Committee Members of the Charleston, South Carolina Chapter of the Association of the United States Army

This Article is in Honor of Martin Luther King Day, Camp Saxton, and the Emancipation Proclamation

When the Civil War started in 1861, Rufus Saxton was in command of an artillery detachment at the St. Louis Arsenal. He was appointed Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers as of April 15, 1862 and commanded the defenses of Harpers Ferry in May and June during General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Campaign. Under his direction Harpers Ferry was successfully defended by the use of railroad transportation and naval and army artillery. 

AUSA Coastal SC Chapter Food Drive

AUSA partnered with the community to include ESGR (Employment Support for the Guard and Reserve).


Stark Army General Hospital (Charleston, SC)

Charleston and South Carolina in the Spanish American War

Although the Spanish-American War was of short duration, the Army in South Carolina was involved through the raising of volunteer regiments and hosting of military camps.  Soldiers at Camp Fornance in Columbia, S.C. saw service in Cuba and in the Philippines. The camp became headquarters for the Third Brigade of Second Division of the Second Army Corps. 

AUSA Day Honor Corridor At Charleston VA

The Honor Corridor held at the VAMC Charleston (Ralph H Johnson VA Hospital) here in Charleston for AUSA Day was a rousing success! We had 11 members at the hospital (The rain may have dampened a few spirits or the attendance would have been higher). The medical staff and the technology folks really appreciated us being there thanking them for their dedicated hard work caring for our veterans. 

A special shout out to Don Smith of Rick Hendrick Chevrolet who braved the rain with us to say thanks.

The Citadel Celebrates Memorial Day with Wreath Laying Ceremony

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – In honor of Memorial Day, the local chapters of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) and The Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) held a socially distanced wreath laying ceremony at The Citadel War Memorial to honor fallen heroes.

South Carolina Regiments in the Continental Army

The Continental Congress authorized the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. The first South Carolina Units in the Continental Army were the   1st and 2nd South Carolina Regiments. What follows is a short history of the South Carolina units that served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from Robert K Wrights’, ‘The Continental Army’ (Center of Military History), 2006.


World War II Prisoners of War in Charleston

According to the Charleston County Public Library article in a May 2014, 425,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war (POWs) were held in the United States under the supervision of the Provost Marshal General’s office at the end of World War II. The Geneva Convention and War Department directives were put in place for treatment in hopes that American POWs overseas would be treated as humanely.

Washington Race Course

In 2011 the Edmondston Alston House did a Special Exhibit titled: “The Races! The Races! Charleston’s Gala Race Week”, this article is based on that exhibit and some additional information.