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Ruins of the R. R. Depot, Charleston
Ruins of the R. R. Depot, Charleston
Resource Typeimage
TitleRuins of the R. R. Depot, Charleston
Coverage / Year1865
DescriptionReproduction of a black and white photograph of the ruins of the Railroad Depot in Charleston, South Carolina. Source: Barnard, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, Embracing Scenes of the Occupation of Nashville, the Great Battles around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the Campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea, and the Great Raid through the Carolinas. New York, 1866. Dimensions: 8"x10".
Interpretation"The Wilmington depot had been blown up and several lives lost. This accident occurred in the following manner: The rebels had left behind in the depot a large quantity of powder in kegs and cartridges. A number of boys thought it fine sport to throw the cartridges among the burning bales of cotton in the immediate vicinity. The powder dropped along the way to the fires soon communicated to the powder in the depot, and a terrific explosion followed which left the depot in ruin and flames. Over a hundred and fifty are thought to have been burned to death, while about a hundred more were wounded by the explosion." Barnard, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. (New York: Dover Publications, 1977), p. xviii.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAntebellum Society and the Civil War
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorBarnard, George N., 1819-1902
SourcePhoto reproductions from Barnard, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. New York, 1866
Subject / KeywordsUnited States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Pictorial Works
Collection PublisherChicago Public Library, Special Collections and Preservation Division
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Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierE468.7.B25 Plate 61
CONTENTdm file name265118842002_barnard_plate61.jpg
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