Map of Columbia drawn by Wade Hampton Gibbes, 9 November 1870

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This map of Columbia, drawn for a Visitor’s Guide in 1870, illustrates some of the progress and development returning to the city.  After Sherman’s march through South Carolina, the city was left in ruins and much of the business and residential districts had been destroyed.  The city began to rebuild during Reconstruction and Gibbes’ map shows where some of the businesses, homes, railroad tracks, and other city attractions were located during that time.   


Gibbes, Wade Hampton.  “Map of Columbia Drawn for Visitor’s Guide, November 9, 1870.”  Manuscripts Division, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. 

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the events that led to the Civil War, the course of the War and Reconstruction, and South Carolina’s role in these events.

Indicator 3-4.7 Summarize the effects of Reconstruction in South Carolina, including the development of public education, racial advancements and tensions, and economic changes.

Standard 3-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the major developments in South Carolina in the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century.

Indicator 3-5.3 Summarize the changes in South Carolina’s economy in the twentieth century, including the rise and fall of the cotton/textile markets and the development of tourism and other industries.

Standard 8-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Reconstruction on the people and government of South Carolina.

Indicator 8-4.1 Explain the purposes of Reconstruction with attention to the economic, social, political, and geographic problems facing the South, including reconstruction of towns, factories, farms, and transportation systems; the effects of emancipation; racial tension; tension between social classes; and disagreement over voting rights.

Indicator 8-4.2 Summarize Reconstruction in South Carolina and its effects on daily life in South Carolina, including the experiences of plantation owners, small farmers, freedmen, women, and northern immigrants.

Standard USHC-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction in America.

Indicator USHC-4.4 Summarize the effects of Reconstruction on the southern states and the roles of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments in that era.


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