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Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign
Through March 6, 2016

“Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign” details Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots of the Civil War.  Following the March to the Sea, Sherman gained permission from Grant to lead his troops through South Carolina beginning in early 1865, with the goal of decimating any and all military related buildings, organizations and personnel in an attempt to break the morale of the Confederates and bring the war to an end as soon as possible.  This example of total war, with little differentiation between military and private entities, left a lasting impact on the Carolinas and, officially ending April 26, 1865, was one of the final campaigns of the war.

“Paths of Destruction” focuses on the march’s impact on the people of South Carolina and its significance in the development of the concept of total war and the ethics involved by examining multiple aspects of the campaign. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia in flames, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map.


Civil War in 3D
Through May 2, 2015

Fort Sumter, Abraham Lincoln and other iconic figures from the Civil War, and the devastation of war.  See the Civil War jump off the screen in “Civil War in 3D,” the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum’s latest exhibit.

The exhibit features a nearly 30-minute revolving 3D show of over seventy-five stereographs. The show, featuring an original soundtrack with sound effects, brings to life each image and offers a unique look at America’s most defining moment in history.

Viewing stereographs with a stereoscope creates a unique 3D effect and it was a popular amusement in America from the 1860s through the 1930s.  This exhibit combines 3D stereograph viewing with modern technology to display the collection of Civil War stereographs.  Each stereograph has been digitally processed to display in the originally-intended format, but in a theater setting.  The exhibit also includes a stereoscope and several stereographs.