Sack and Destruction of Columbia

Read William Gilmore Simm’s vivid account of the sack and destruction of Columbia by General Sherman’s army.

Readers will find the commentary on saving the South Caroliniana Library and other buildings on the Horseshoe of particular interest.

To read the whole series on the Sack and Destruction of Columbia in Chronicling America…

Columbia Phoenix March 21, 1865

Columbia Phoenix March 23, 1865

Columbia Phoenix March 25, 1865

Interesting, also, is a small mention of Sherman’s capture of Columbia in the Daily National Republican, a Washington, D.C. paper, March 2, 1865.

By Telegraph, The Destruction of Columbia Confirmed

…and an account in the White Cloud Kansas Chief, February 23, 1865

Glorious from South Carolina!

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Upcoming Presentation on The National Digital Newspaper Program

“The National Digital Newspaper Program”
Presentation by Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:00 p.m.
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library (Enter through the Thomas Cooper Library)
University of South Carolina
1322 Greene St.
Columbia, S.C.

University Libraries invites you to a special presentation by Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress. The NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is responsible for Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (, a freely searchable database of U.S. newspapers published between 1860 and 1922. Ms. Thomas will speak about the goals of this important program and its impact on preserving our nation’s cultural memory.

In 2009, the University Libraries’ Digital Collections department was awarded a $350,000 grant from NEH to establish the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program ( The goal of the project is to scan, enhance, and deliver an estimated 100,000 pages from select South Carolina newspapers to the Library of Congress by 2011. The first digitized newspaper, the Columbia Phoenix (1865-78), will be available on the Chronicling America Web site in September, 2010.  Eighteen newspapers were selected for this grant cycle, including the Reconstruction-era African American papers the Free Press and Georgetown Planet.

The event is free and open to the public.  A Q&A session on the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program will follow Thomas’ presentation.

Directions and parking information:

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Columbia Phoenix in Chronicling America

The following newspaper titles are now available in Chronicling America!  Feel free to be like Kristin Amsden and Virginia Pierce (pictured below) and browse the issues, search for particular topics, and share with all of your friends and colleagues.

Columbia phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.) 1865-1865

Columbia phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.) 1865-1865

The Columbia daily phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.) 1865-1865

Tri-weekly phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.) 1865-1875

The daily phoenix. (Columbia, S.C.) 1865-1878

Kristin Amsden

Virginia Pierce

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July 2010 Progress

SCDNP completed an important milestone in the program.

SCDNP staff submitted Batch A to the Library of Congress for inclusion in Chronicling America.   If accepted by LC, the batch will be ingested and made publicly available in September.  The batch contains newspaper titles for the Columbia Phoenix and its subsequent titles. More information will be provided once the material is available in Chronicling America.

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June 2010 Progress

June brought several developments for the SCDNP program.

We sent two batches to the vendor.

Batch E has approximately 9892 images and covers three newspaper titles, including: Anderson intelligencer, Anderson daily intelligencer, and Intelligencer.

Batch F has approximately 9890 images and covers two newspaper titles, including: The watchman and southron [Sumter, S.C.] and Charleston Daily News.

The vendor also returned Batch A for verification.  Once sent to the Library of Congress, we anticipate seeing newspapers from Batch A in Chronicling America by the end of the year.

Here is a preview of what is to come for Batch A:

The image is from page one of the January 23, 1868 issue of The Daily Phoenix [Columbia, S.C.].  Select the image to see a larger view.

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April 2010 Progress

SCDNP sent two batches to the vendor.

Batch C has approximately 9889 images and covers three newspaper titles, including: The daily phoenix, The tri-weekly phoenix, and Anderson intelligencer.

Batch D has approximately 9966 images and covers three newspaper titles, including: The Charleston daily news, The Sumter watchman, and The watchman and southron.

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March 2010 Progress

SCDNP sent two batches to the vendor.

Batch A has approximately 9973 images and covers five different newspaper titles, including: Columbia phoenix (2 different versions), Columbia daily phoenix, The daily phoenix, and Tri-weekly phoenix.

Batch B has approximately 9713 images and covers one newspaper title: The Charleston daily news.

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SCDNP in the News

Over the past months, SCDNP has gained attention from newspapers around the state.  See the following links for coverage of the program:

1. “USC at Leading Edge of Newspaper, Film Digitization,” The Free-Times (Columbia, S.C.)

2. “Project will put history before vast audience,” The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, S.C.)

3. “Read all about it,” The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

4. “Old issues of 21 S.C. papers going online,” The Sumter Item (Sumter, S.C.)

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