Sherman and the Burning of Columbia

Sherman and the Burning of Columbia

by Marion B. Lucas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1570033587

ISBN-13: 9781570033582

Pub. Date: 04/01/2000

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

In this edition of his widely acclaimed study, Marion B. Lucas tackles one of the most debated questions about the Civil War: Who burned South Carolina's capital city on February 17, 1865? Before the fires had finished smoldering, Confederates and Federals accused each other of starting the blaze, igniting a controversy that has raged for more than a century. To

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In this edition of his widely acclaimed study, Marion B. Lucas tackles one of the most debated questions about the Civil War: Who burned South Carolina's capital city on February 17, 1865? Before the fires had finished smoldering, Confederates and Federals accused each other of starting the blaze, igniting a controversy that has raged for more than a century. To determine the actual origin of the fire, Lucas sifts through myriad official records, newspapers, and eyewitness accounts. The evidence he amasses allows him to debunk many of the myths surrounding the tragedy. Unlike generations of South Carolinians and students of the Civil War, he does not assign particular blame to William Tecumseh Sherman but implicates both Confederate and Federal troops. Lucas traces the damage not to a single blaze but to a series of fires-preceded by an equally unfortunate series of military and civilian blunders-that included the burning of cotton bales by fleeing Confederate soldiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570033582
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
1,118,247
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.43(d)

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