About the Author

Brian Hicks is a metro columnist for The Post and Courier and the author/coauthor of five previous books. His books, including Ghost Ship and When the Dancing Stopped, have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

His most recent book, Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears (Atlantic Monthly Press) tells the story of the Cherokees during removal. Toward the Setting Sun and Raising the Hunley (coauthored with Schuyler Kropf) were featured selections of the Book-of-the-Month club, the History Book Club and the Military Book Club.

Raising the Hunley, which tells the story of the famous Confederate submarine, was Hicks’ first foray into Charleston’s Civil War past. He is considered a leading expert on the sub.

City of Ruin began as a 20-part newspaper series published between December 2010 andApril 2011 in Sunday editions of The Post and Courier.

Hicks’ column appears three times weekly in The Post and Courier. His work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers for 25 years, and he has won more than two dozen awards for his reportage. In 1998, he was named South Carolina Journalist of the Year by the S.C. Press Association and in 2008, the Society of Professional Journalists named Hicks the best humor columnist in the Southeast.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, he lives in Charleston.

City of Ruin: Charleston At War 1860-1865


City of Ruin began as a 20-part serial that ran in the pages of The Post and Courier from December 2010 to April 2011 by historian, author and columnist Brian Hicks. Hicks expanded the series, incorporating additional stories and the perspectives of people on both sides as the Holy City became ground zero for war.The book details the military actions around the city and how the conflict affected life in Charleston for residents and shopkeepers, as well as the city's sizeable population of slaves and freedmen.

Written by Brian Hicks

Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 978-0-9834457-3-9


Price: $28.95 (plus $5.00 shipping/handling)