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State Capitol, Columbia, South Carolina | by J. Stephen Conn
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State Capitol, Columbia, South Carolina

The State House is home to the South Carolina General Assembly, including the State House of Representatives and State Senate. The Governor's office is also here. Construction on the building began in 1851, but the first structure was dismantled due to defective materials and the original architect was dismissed for fraud and dereliction of duty.

 

Work on the new structure began in 1855. It was still under construction near the close of the War Between the States in 1965. That's when General Sherman's Union Army swept through Columbia, February 17, burning much of the city and firing cannonballs at the incomplete and undefended capitol building, before setting it on fire.

 

The capitol building was not completed until 1907. Today, the copper-domed granite structure wears six bronze stars to mark hits from Sherman's cannons.

   

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Taken on June 15, 2006