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A Little known Civil War Affair at Flat Rock
Love and Valor Cover
The cover to Charles F. Larimers Love and Valor: Intimate Civil War Letters Between Captain Jacob and Emeline Ritner. In the letters, Capt. Ritner provides a little known account of several incidents, or affairs as they were called, involving himself and his 17-man foraging party in the Flat Rock community of what was then known as the Kershaw District.
As a part of the centennial of the Civil War, in 1959 the South Carolina Archives Department published Military and Naval Operations in South Carolina, 1860-65. In the portion of the book treating Sherman’s march through South Carolina, the department named a military action with little or no combat, an “Affair.” That name describes this event at Flat Rock.

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