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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sherman’s Artillery

 
 
Sherman’s Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
1. Sherman’s Artillery Marker
Inscription.
February 16, 1865 Sherman’s Artillery,
from the hills on the south side of the
Congaree, got the range of the city
by firing on this building then under
construction, registering six hits which
are separately marked by stars.
 
Location. 34° 0.013′ N, 81° 2.012′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Assembly Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the west side of the South Carolina State House. 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. Quoin-Stones (a few steps from this marker); Palmetto Regiment (a few steps from this marker); Here Stood The State House (within shouting distance of this marker); The State House of South Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (Statue) (within shouting distance of this marker); Richardson Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Ryan Tillman (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War Cannon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sherman’s Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
2. Sherman’s Artillery Marker
The marker seen here is inscribed on the S.C. State House, between the two windows.
Marker on the S.C. State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
3. Marker on the S.C. State House
Two of the stars that indicate damage done from the Union artillery bombardment are seen above the marker.
West Side of the State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
4. West Side of the State House
Four of the stars on the State House are visible in this photo.
Stars on the State House Southwest Wall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
5. Stars on the State House Southwest Wall
Two stars are seen here on the southwest side of the State House. One can be seen in the upper left of the photo, and the other between the columns at the center.
Union Artillery Damage image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
6. Union Artillery Damage
Evidence of Sherman’s Artillery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
7. Evidence of Sherman’s Artillery
More Battle Damage on the State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
8. More Battle Damage on the State House
Damage to the S.C. State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
9. Damage to the S.C. State House
Damage on the South Wall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
10. Damage on the South Wall
Star on the State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
11. Star on the State House
More Damage to the SC State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
12. More Damage to the SC State House
The damage seen here, on the southwest corner of the building, happened when the nearby wooden old State House burned during the Union occupation and collapsed against this building.
South Carolina State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
13. South Carolina State House
The Confederate flag still flies at the target of the 1865 Union bombardment. This flag had flown over the Capitol dome before being moved to the Confederate Monument in front of the State House.
George Washington Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 9, 2013
14. George Washington Statue
In addition to the damage done to the State House, this statue was also damaged by the Union army. The lower part of Washington's walking cane was broken off during the Union occupation of Columbia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   12. submitted on August 24, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   13, 14. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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