Gerald F. Teaster

Biographical Information

This web page editor and author is a native South Carolinian, born in Spartanburg County, and a graduate of Pacolet High School. After attending Wofford College, he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

History, particularly South Carolina and military, have been his lifelong interest.

His engineering career includes positions with:

The United States Department of Defense at Robins Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal and the Charleston Naval Shipyard. He has been involved with various engineering projects on missiles, submarines, and submarine and destroyer tenders around the world.

Dental and medical equipment company as Manager of Engineering.

The State of South Carolina as Chairman of the Engineering Technology Division at BCD Technical Education Center ( Now Trident Technical College).

 He was serving as the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at BCD Technical Education Center when that school was approached about building the replica of the Hunley now on display at the Charleston Museum. He and his students researched and prepared the details and drawings needed to build the replica. The children’s book, The Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley, was written and published as a result of his own children’s interest in the subject.

He is also the author of the book, Confederates Courageous - The Story of the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley. This book tells the full story of the sub including how it was found and recovered and all of the discoveries that have been made about it and its crew.

He was also involved with BCD Technical Education Center in designing and building a full size replica for the Confederate Torpedo Boat David. This was done for the Berkeley County Tricentennial Commission. The replica is now on display at the Old Santee Canal State Park in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Based on his experience with the David he has  written and published the book, The Confederate Steam Torpedo Boat CSS DAVID that tells the complete story of the small boat.

His latest book is Spirit Up the People - Four Days to the Cowpens. This book is the result of his longtime interest in the Battle of Cowpens. He grew up in the area of the Cowpens Battleground  and heard stories about it his entire life. This book tells what it must have been like to be a resident of the South Carolina Upcountry in the days leading up to the battle.

He can be reached by email via or by telephone at (843) 873-8117:

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