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Historical Society Column - May 4, 2015
Aspects of Shermans March concerning who burned Columbia
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When the 15th and 17th Corps of Sherman’s Army entered Kershaw District on February 23, 1865, at Peay’s Ferry on the Wateree River west of Liberty Hill, then crossed the district in three days, and were poised to exit it on Lynches River at Young’s Bridge, Tillers Ferry and Kelly’s Bridge, locally the war was all but over. High water on the Lynches slowed them down more than Confederate forces. However, there was a small skirmish fought at West’s Crossroads in the present day Cassatt community between General Butler’s Cavalry and elements of Sherman’s 15th Corps on February 25, 1865.