in the possession of the committee: As well as I recollect, in November, 1865, I went in company with a friend to see General Howard at his headquarters, in Charleston, on matters of business.
Before we left, the conversation turned on the destruction of Columbia.
General Howard expressed his regret at the occurrence, and added the following words: Though General Sherman did not order the burning of the town, yet somehow or other the men had taken up the idea that if they destroyed the capitalf on our way home talked the mater over, and could not but be struck by the two following facts: First, that although General Howard said that General Sherman did not order the burning, he did not state that General Sherman gave orders that the city 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.
distinct and frequent notice to the citizens of their impending calamity, usually in the form of fierce and direct threats, but, occasionally, as if in kindly forewarning.
A lady of rare worth and intelligence, and of high social position, Mrs. L. S. McCord, relates the following incident: One of my maids brought me a paper, left, she told me, by a Yankee soldier; it was an ill-spelled but kindly warning of the horrors to come, written upon a torn sheet of my dead son's note-book, which, with 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 intervie