Here’s a panel of historians talking about the burning of Columbia and how it has been remembered.
Anne Sarah Rubin takes on the question of who burned Columbia. She provides the grounding for the rest of the panel. Megan Kate Nelson approaches the burning of Columbia from the standpoint of how the memory of it has come down to us, including through photographs and witness writings. She also talks a bit about the ruins of Columbia, using themes from her book, Ruin Nation. Caitlin Verboon, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, tells us about Columbia during Reconstruction, carrying the analysis of the impact of Columbia’s burning beyond the departure of the Union army and beyond the surrender of the confederate military forces. She talks about how the Freedmen’s Bureau provided aid and relief to both black and white Columbians, though the white Columbians proved to be ingrates. Tom Brown also talks about Reconstruction in Columbia and the resistance white Columbians put up against biracial equality. He also gets into memory of Sherman’s March and Reconstruction. They really cover a lot of bases here.