Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Shelling of Columbia

Marker ID: SCHM 32-5
Location: US 378, West Columbia, SC
County: Lexington
Coordinates: N 33° 59.8    W 081° 3.789
  33.99666666    -81.06315
Style: Free Standing **


Prior to the capture of Columbia by Gen. William T. Sherman, Federal artillery shelled the city on February 16, 1865, from batteries on this hill and in the road at this end of the Congaree River bridge. Shots were fired at the Arsenal (site of the Governor´s Mansion) and the State House, which still bears scars of the bombardment.

Erected by Lexington County Historical Society - 1964