Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1938 by The Columbia Sesquicentennial Commission of 1936. (Marker Number 40-49.)
Location. 34° 0.234′ N, 81° 1.585′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Gervais Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located between Henderson and Pickens Streets at Clarion Town House Hotel Driveway. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henderson Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pickens Street (about 400 feet away); Wesley Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Barnwell Street (about 700 feet away); Horry-Guignard House (about 700 feet away); Bull Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Home of Wade Hampton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gregg Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding Sherman's Headquarters. On February 17, 1865, during the Civil War, much of Columbia was destroyed by fire while being occupied by Union troops
Controversy surrounding the burning of the city started soon after the war ended. General Sherman blamed the high winds and retreating Confederate soldiers for firing bales of cotton, which had been stacked in the streets. General Sherman denied ordering the burning, though he did order militarily significant structures, such as the Confederate Printing Plant, destroyed. Firsthand accounts by local residents, Union soldiers, and a newspaper reporter offer a tale of revenge by Union troops for Columbia's and South Carolina's pivotal role in leading Southern states to secede from the Union. Still other accounts portray it as mostly the fault of the Confederacy. Today, tourists can follow the path General Sherman's army took to enter the city and see structures or remnants of structures that survived the fire. (Wikipedia)
Also see . . . Columbia, South Carolina, in the American Civil War (Submitted on March 26, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.