Ruins seen from the capitol, Columbia, South Carolina, 1865
Photographed by George N. Barnard

On February 17, 1865, General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union Troops marched into Columbia, the capital of South Carolina. T.J Goodwyn, Columbia’s Mayor, surrendered the city to him that morning. The mayor requested of Sherman for the citizens of Columbia to be treatment accorded by the usages of civilized warfare as well as the placement of guards to maintain order in the city and to protect the persons and property of the citizens.

  Links to burning of Columbia

  • Website with tourism info and details of the march into Columbia. (click here)
  • Website with an excerpt from a girl's diary on the night of the burning. (click here)
  • Website regarding Sherman as a "Pyromaniac". (click here)
  • Website on Sherman's march through South Carolina. (click here)