Tonight at 5:30PM - The fascinating history of Florence's role in the Civil War

Tonight at 5:30PM - The fascinating history of Florence's role in the Civil War

TONIGHT AT 5:30PM - You've probably heard of Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg and Bull Run. The names of towns that played host to the most violent and dramatic parts of the Civil War are well known.

But Florence, South Carolina isn't really thought of for its involvement in the war.

In fact, while northeastern South Carolina didn't see many battles and Sherman's Army didn't torch homes in our area, the Pee Dee was home to a prison stockade with conditions as bad as those at Andersonville.

WMBF News' first installment of Carolina Traditions, focusing on the history of our area, begins with an exploration of one Civil War prison in the Pee Dee.

Tonight at 5:30, find out the story behind a teenager who cut off his own feet at the prison, and why the grave of another soldier who dressed in disguise is separated from the rest of those in the National Cemetery.

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