ouse, but without doing any damage.
No other fires in the town occurred until after night, when the general conflagration began.
As already stated, the wind blew from the west, but the fires after night broke out first on the west of Main and Sumter streets, and to windward of where the cotton bales were placed.
The cotton, it is testified and proved (Ed. J. Scott, Esq.), instead of burning the houses, was burned by them.
General Sherman, as has been shown, on the night of the 17th of February, and while the town was in flames, ascribed the burning of Columbia to the intoxication of his soldiers and to no other cause.
On the following day, the 18th of February, the lady to whom reference was previously made (Mrs. L. S. McCord), at the request of a friend having undertaken to present a paper to General Howard, sought an interview with that officer--second in command of the invading army — and found General Sherman with him. The narrative of a part of the interview is as follows: