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A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia

by Simms, William Gilmore
Publisher: The University of South Carolina Press
Retail Price: $24.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 1570035962

In February 1865, renowned journalist and poet William Gilmore Simms witnessed and recorded the sacking of Columbia, South Carolina by Union troops under the command of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. In the months that followed, Simms published these eyewitness accounts in the first ten issues of the Columbia Phoenix. While he later muted his initial outrage, Simms supplied such a vivid account of this event that editor David Aiken presents it in its entirety, replete with a collection of illustrations and photographs.

review of A City Laid Waste: The Capture, Sack, and Destruction of the City of Columbia, by Simms, William Gilmore, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).