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After the Bombardment: 1865

After the Bombardment: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina, after the bombardment. Meeting Street, looking south, showing St. Michael's Church, the Mills house and ruins of the Circular Church." View full size. Wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph.

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Still a Round

The Circular Church still stands today but no longer has a steeple. Just chop off the tower to the level of the other walls and that is about what you see today. Not sure when the tower was eliminated. Still a beautiful church though.St. Michaels still stands today almost exactly like it looks here except painted white.

St. Michael's Church

A Google Search for St. Michael's in Charleston comes up with an Episcopal Church still in use today that looks like the one surrounded by scaffold in the picture. Look at the history page from their site at:

[Not quite. The tower with the scaffold is the Circular Congregational Church, undergoing restoration after a fire in 1861. St. Michael's is the church tower with the clock, without the scaffold. See this thread. - Dave]

Circular Church

OK, so I'm a construction guy: scaffolding always gets my attention. Was the reconstruction of this place (is this the circular church?) completed and/or is it still there?

[Circular Congregational Church was being restored after a fire in 1861, hence the scaffold. More here. - Dave]

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