Sherman’s March, February 19, 1865: Slocum burns his excess baggage; Howard creates a refugee train

Major-General William T. Sherman wrapped up activities around Columbia, South Carolina on February 19, 1865.  The weather was “warm and pleasant” that day.   The Right Wing completed the task of destroying railroads and war-supporting facilities.  The Left Wing maneuvered to the west and, with more progress than the day before, got astride the BroadContinue reading “Sherman’s March, February 19, 1865: Slocum burns his excess baggage; Howard creates a refugee train”

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.””