After the Confederate army conceded the City of Columbia on February 17th 1865, they left the city in ruins. There is much debate as to which side was actually responsible for the destruction.The Whole Story
The morning after Columbia surrendered to the Union Army on Feb. 17, 1865, the city lay in ruin. The Burning of Columbia remains a hotly-debated topic today.The Whole Story
Crafting Civil (War) Conversations commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end with a juried exhibition of contemporary art that imagines a scene of reconciliation. Traditional craft-based media ...Event Details
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After the city’s surrender to General Sherman on February 17, 1865, Union soldiers and sympathizers indulged in a night of arson and pillage fueled by alcohol and the euphoria of victory.
February 8, 1820 - February 14, 1891
Portrait by Mathew Brady
The burning of Columbia, SC was a major event in American history and a defining moment in the history of the state and city. Columbia, the site of the original Secession Convention and capital of the first seceding state, was seen by the Union army as a special political target to encourage the surrender of the remaining Confederate forces.
Columbia surrendered to the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman on February 17, 1865, and while the soldiers’ arrival signaled the imminent emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the city…Learn More