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St. Michael's Episcopal, Charleston: 1865

St. Michael's Episcopal, Charleston: 1865

St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1865 following bombardment of the city during the Civil War. From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. View full size. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph negative.

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I was beaten to the "now" view of this shot by about 2 years below, but here is the view sans the wrap on City Hall from May of 2010.


Immensely gratifying to see that three (looks like the one under wraps is the same one) of the buildings in the original photo have survived!

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It has all but passed on, but through the first third of the 20th Century there was still animus left in the South over the Total War strategy waged by the North against civilian centers in Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and other areas. The newspaper article obituary on my great great grandmother spoke of her enduring the great poverty following the war and the punitive actions of the Federals in Louisiana.

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Great photo. Amazing that the house I live in in Charleston was built before this scene. We still have so many old buildings here.



A lot of the city was destroyed. Notice the building on the right was burned, the sun is shining through the roof and then through the windows onto the road from behind that wall.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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