The latest commemoration of the mark left on Columbia during the Civil War will be held at the S.C. State Museum on Thursday and will allow participants to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of that moment in history.
“Through The Fire” is part of the community-wide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia in February 1865.
A presentation in the newly opened BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium will allow guests to travel back in time to view the night sky over Columbia in February 1865, when Sherman’s troops burned the city. Actors from Trustus Theatre will give dramatic readings of historical documents recounting the events, while images from diaries, newspapers and personal letters are displayed across the planetarium dome.
In the museum’s 4D movie theater, guests will watch “Civil War in 3D,” a display of more than 75 Civil War images. The 3D movie is presented by the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, and the Relic Room’s curator of education, Joe Long, will speak about the images.
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To further immerse themselves in the history of the Civil War, visitors can enjoy food and music from the era. Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, a York County chef who specializes in food and culture from the 1800s, will prepare an authentic 19th-century spread. The menu includes country-ham biscuits, traditional South Carolina Purloo with rice and quail, cornbread and cracklin’ made with South Carolina stone-ground corn meal and traditional “Goober Peas,” also known as boiled peanuts. Civil War-era cocktails will also be served.
Civil War-inspired songs will be performed throughout the evening by bluegrass band Palmetto Blue. The band will also explain to the audience the historical significance of the songs.
“Through The Fire” will be held from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at the S.C. State Museum, which is located at 301 Gervais St.
Tickets are $35 for the general public, and $28 for museum members. Tickets will be available at the door. Guests must be 21 or older.
For more information about events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia, visit www.BurningofColumbia.com.
Below, an interactive map showing the path of Union troops through Columbia 150 years ago. Mobile users click here.