Columbia Aflame “… as a slight revenge on the Confederates for their cruelty”

Consider this from the 1st Missouri Engineers (emphasis mine): February 17, 1865.  The men began at daylight to lay the bridge across the Broad River, in which we were delayed for some time waiting for the skirmishers to drive away the enemy from the wooded cover on the opposite side. We received twelve boats fromContinue reading “Columbia Aflame “… as a slight revenge on the Confederates for their cruelty””

Sherman’s March, February 17, 1865: “The scenes in Columbia that night were terrible.”

150 years ago this evening, Columbia, South Carolina burned.  The destruction of between half and two-thirds of the city became the most important incident of Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through the state.  Controversies swirled around, long after the fires had died…  and continue to this day.  I find many misconceptions, if not outright mythsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 17, 1865: “The scenes in Columbia that night were terrible.””

Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia

If you ask me, Battery H, 1st Illinois Light Artillery should be among the most recognized artillery formations of the Civil War. The battery served in many important campaigns of the war and played critical roles in several major battles.  Armed with 20-pdr Parrott guns, this volunteer battery saw action at Shiloh (those big gunsContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 16, 1865: “I instructed him not to fire any more into”… Columbia”