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Newspaper The Palmetto Herald (Port Royal, S.C.) 1864-1864

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About The Palmetto Herald (Port Royal, S.C.) 1864-1864

Had the weekly Port Royal Palmetto Herald, a Republican newspaper, been published anywhere else in South Carolina besides Beaufort County during the Civil War, it would have been an oddity. As it happened, however, the Palmetto Herald was the third occupation newspaper published in South Carolina. Beaufort came under the control of the Union Navy early in the Civil War, and occupation newspapers quickly sprang up to serve the Northern missionaries and soldiers stationed in the area. The Port Royal New South appeared first, in March 1862; the Beaufort Free South  followed in January 1863.

On March 3, 1864, Samuel W. Mason, a former correspondent for the Boston Herald, established the Palmetto Herald. Mason described the Herald simply as “a journal of notable events in the [United States Army] Department of the South” and acknowledged that soldiers and their families were its primary audience. The Herald consisted primarily of dispatches from the Union-occupied ports in Florida, gleanings from other newspapers, and reports of shipping news, the latter of which were carried by newspapers as remote from Port Royal, South Carolina, as the Burlington Vermont Free Press and Columbus Daily Ohio Statesman.

In September 1864, advertisements appeared for the Palmetto Herald Store, which offered books, magazines, stationary, and sundry dry goods. Samuel Mason’s involvement, however, proved short-lived; on October 13th, he announced he was selling his share in the business to Otis T. Simonds, Clifford Saville, and Orlando Leach. In December, Mason informed his readers that he would be moving his operations to Savannah, Georgia. There, he combined the Palmetto Herald with the Savannah Daily Morning News and launched the Savannah Daily Herald. The last issue of the Palmetto Herald appeared on December 29, 1864.

Provided By: University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC

About this Newspaper


  • The Palmetto Herald (Port Royal, S.C.) 1864-1864

Dates of Publication

  • 1864-1864

Created / Published

  • Port Royal, S.C. : S.W. Mason & Co., 1864.


  • -  Port Royal (S.C.)--Newspapers
  • -  Beaufort County (S.C.)--Newspapers
  • -  South Carolina--Beaufort County
  • -  South Carolina--Port Royal
  • -  United States--South Carolina--Beaufort--Port Royal


  • Newspapers


  • -  Weekly
  • -  Vol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 3, 1864)-v. 1, no. 44 (Dec. 29, 1864).
  • -  Published an unnumbered extra on July 14, 1864, called: The Palmetto herald, Supplement.
  • -  Available on microfilm from The University of South Carolina.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Savannah daily morning news (Savannah, Ga. : 1864) (DLC)sn 82015132 (OCoLC)8833218
  • -  Savannah daily herald (DLC)sn 82014389 (OCoLC)8773460


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn84027012

OCLC Number

  • 2265650

ISSN Number

  • 2472-9108

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Chicago citation style:

The Palmetto Herald Port Royal, S.C. 1864 to 1864. (Port Royal, SC), Jan. 1 1864.

APA citation style:

(1864, January 1) The Palmetto Herald Port Royal, S.C. 1864 to 1864. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Palmetto Herald Port Royal, S.C. 1864 to 1864. (Port Royal, SC) 1 Jan. 1864. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,