Columbia: History of a Southern Capital

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In 1790, when the seat of South Carolina’s government was moved from the lowcountry port of Charleston to the “backwoods” of the state’s midlands, the city of Columbia, on the banks of the Congaree River, was born. Its graceful wide thoroughfares and striking edifices defined the new community until one night in 1865, when Sherman’s Union troops set the town ablaze and destroyed a 36-block area. Columbia rose from the ashes and today stands proudly as the center of state government and a diverse and much-loved city of culture, arts, education, and commerce.
ISBN: 9780738524115
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Carolina
Series: Making of America
Images: 200
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Award-winning writer and historian Lynn Sims Salsi is the author of several books and articles on aspects of the Palmetto State’s history. Born and raised in the capital city, she demonstrates her love for Columbia and her pride in its citizens through the engaging stories and illustrations collected in this new work. First-hand accounts of life in Columbia and images collected over the years by lifelong resident Margaret Sims provide another unique perspective on the history of this fascinating city.
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