Art from the Ashes: Columbia Artists Respond to the 150th Anniversary of the Burning of their City
Columbia Now: Four Photographers Show us Our City
Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for It
Crafting Civil (War) Conversations
Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville
From Confrontation to Conflict: South Carolina’s Path to the Civil War
Impressions of Chimneyville: Columbia’s Civil War Destruction
Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign
Slavery at South Carolina College
South Carolina Homefront, 1861-1865
South Caroliniana Library
The Burning of Columbia, SC, 1865
The Civil War in South Carolina
11/21 - 3/6
SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
On display through March 6, 2016.
Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign, commemorates the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through the Carolinas and the burning of Columbia in February 1865. Following the completion of his March to the Sea, General William T. Sherman led his Federal armies on one last campaign. This campaign was particularly brutal to the inhabitants of the South Carolina as it was meant to cripple the first state to secede and force the Confederacy to surrender. Sherman’s march, an example of what he termed Hard War, illustrated little differentiation between military and private entities, left a lasting impact on the Carolinas and, officially ending April 26, 1865, was one of the final campaigns of the war.
“Paths of Destruction” focuses on the march’s impact on the people of South Carolina and its significance in the development of the concept of total war and the ethics involved by examining multiple aspects of the campaign. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia after the burning, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map.