Re-enactment of Sherman’s firing on Columbia set for Feb. 17
COLUMBIA – It has been called Columbia’s Longest Day…the day Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops shelled the capital city from across the Congaree River.
A re-enactment of that bombardment -- featuring live cannon fire and Confederate sharpshooters defending the city – will be held Saturday, Feb. 17th, from noon to 1 p.m. on both sides of the Gervais Street bridge in downtown Columbia.
There will be three cannons this year, firing blank rounds for a full hour from the west side of the bridge. Both Confederate and Union re-enactors are taking part. Confederate sharpshooters will be returning fire from the east side, much as it was 153 years ago.
The event is free and is sponsored by the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to Don Gordon, event chairman.
Special grand marshall for the event is U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War Buck Fulmer who will fire the first cannon shot (into the defenseless city). Also firing ceremonial cannon shots is Leon Johnson whose Great Great Uncle Thomas Falls was a Lieutenant in the 55th N.C. who distinguished himself at Pickett’s Charge during the battle of Gettysburg. Walter Curry is being honored as a descendant of an African American Confederate who received a pension from South Carolina for her service during the war.
Gordon said the event will offer a great history lesson for all ages.
For more details about the Columbia fighting and the burning of the city go to www.wadehamptoncamp.org.