Gen. Sherman's troops will fire on Columbia Feb. 16
It has been called Columbia’s Longest Day.
In 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops shelled the capitol city from across the Congaree River. The Yankee cannons fired more than 300 times.
A re-enactment of that bombardment featuring live cannon fire and Confederate sharpshooters defending the city will be Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon until 1:00 pm at the Gervais Street Bridge in West Columbia.
The Lt. General Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will present the free event.
There will be 3 Yankee cannons firing blank rounds from the parking lot of the Riverwalk Amphitheater in West Columbia beginning at Noon.
The Yankees will fire for 35 minutes while the Confederate Sharpshooters will fire back from the Columbia side for 40 minutes.
The Grand Marshal James Harley Jr., Lt. Commander of the Wade Hampton Camp, will fire the first cannon.
City of West Columbia Councilmen Tem Miles and Mike Green will fire ceremonial rounds from cannons.
For more details on the fighting around West Columbia and to find out the truth about who burned Columbia visit www.wadehamptoncamp.org .