The Destruction of Charleston in the Civil War
Visitors to the South Carolina city can still see signs of the pre-Civil War structures that were devastated by Union bombardment and a blazing fire devastated
- By Ray Gordon and Molly Roberts
- Smithsonian.com, March 23, 2011
(Library of Congress / Molly Roberts)
One of the last public buildings to succumb to the Great Fire of 1861 was the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar on Broad Street at Legare Street. A new cathedral was built on the cornerstone of the old church in 1890.