The Burning of Columbia February 17, 18 1865
Although often overshadowed in the popular imagination by the burning of Atlanta, Georgia, the burning of Columbia, South Carolina was a major event in American history and a defining moment in the history of the state and city. By February 1865, the tide of war had turned against the Confederacy, and no significant Confederate forces remained to seriously challenge General Sherman’s policy of “home front” destruction, meant to terrify and demoralize the Confederate civilian population and encourage the surrender of the remaining Confederate forces. 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 for reprisal.
We invite you to join us for 6 weeks of exhibitions, demonstrations, and lectures recognizing the 150th aniversery of this tragic event. More than 30 history, arts and culture organizations will remember the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia with various programs culminating with a day of events Feb. 17, the day Columbia burned.
For a full schedule and more information visit burningof columbia.com .