Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
The Citadel Archives photography collections date back to the mid-nineteenth century, and include images of students, faculty, social life, athletics, parades, and significant events throughout The Citadel's history. Photographs will also appear in other collections throughout this website, especially in collections of individuals.
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The Citadel was founded in December of 1842, and classes began in March of 1843. This sketch shows The Citadel in its original location on Marion Square in Charleston as it appeared when classes first started.
When The Citadel was founded, it consisted of two schools: The Citadel in Charleston and the Arsenal Academy in Columbia. This sketch shows the Arsenal Academy as it appeared in 1843.
Daguerreotype of Thomas E. Strother, Citadel Class of 1849. Strother was originally from Chesterfield, South Carolina. After graduation, he served as a Lieutenant in the Charleston City Guard.
Ambrotype of John E. Boinest, who entered The Citadel in 1862 at the age of 16. Boinest was originally from Charleston. The buttons on Boinest's uniform were painted gold. This photograph was likely taken circa 1863.
This image is of The Citadel under federal occupation after the Civil War. Note the large "U.S." on the gates. The Citadel reopened in 1882. This photograph was taken at The Citadel's original location in Marion Square.
Photograph of The Citadel in its original location on Marion Square after the earthquake of 1886.
Hand-colored photograph of The Citadel on Marion Square. The fire was started by a defective chimney.
This photograph was taken at The Citadel's original location in Marion Square.
Cabinet card photograph of Thomas Cunningham, Citadel Class of 1898. Cunningham was dismissed from The Citadel his senior year for participating in a cadet rebellion known as the Cantey Rebellion.
Cabinet card photograph of John Langley, Citadel Class of 1898. Langely was dismissed from The Citadel his senior year for participating in a cadet rebellion known as the Cantey Rebellion.