150th Anniversary of the Burning of Columbia
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Illustration of the Burning of Columbia, SC from the April 8, 1865 issue of Harper’s Weekly. Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustration of railroad depot in Columbia, SC after the burning from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Caption reads “Charlotte and Columbia (S.C.) railroad depot, destroyed by the rebels. – from a sketch by our special artist, taken Feb. 17.” Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustration of Columbia, S.C.’s First Baptist Church from the Jan. 5, 1861 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Caption reads “The Baptist church at Columbia, S.C., where the great secession convention was first held, Dec. 17, 1860.” Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustration of Sherman’s army entering Columbia, S.C. from Harper's Pictoral History of the Civil War. Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustration of Columbia, S.C. on fire after the burning of Columbia from Harper’s Weekly. Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustrations of Columbia, S.C. the morning after the burning, Feb. 18, 1865, from Harper’s Weekly. Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Illustration of General Sherman and his army crossing the Broad River into Columbia, S.C. from Harper’s Weekly. Image courtesy Historic Columbia.
Photographer George N. Barnard chronicled the yet-to-be completed, new South Carolina State House after the burning of Columbia, S.C. in February 1865. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Photographer George N. Barnard captured the desolation of Columbia, South Carolina’s Richardson (Main) Street shortly after the city’s burning in February 1865. Image courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.
One hundred and fifty years ago, as the long and bloody Civil War was drawing to a close, General William Tecumseh Sherman and the Union Army began to move through South Carolina heading towards Columbia. For the next four months there will be numerous events and programs recounting and examining that turbulent time in our state and nation’s history. Tours, historical demonstrations, exhibits and lectures will be delving into both the military and domestic impact of the war’s concluding days.
A few noteworthy events are happening this winter and spring in Ehrhardt at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, which is hosting lectures and tours narrating the Battle of Rivers Bridge; and in Columbia, where tours, lectures and museum exhibits will recount the burning of the capital city near the end of the war.
To learn about the many public activities that will be bringing this critical period in our shared history back to life, enter the keywords “Civil War” on this website’s search engine.
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