Charleston's Great Fire of 1861



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Timeline

Y/M/D Description Place
1861/12/11 General Robert E Lee stays at Alston House after a fire threatens his safety at the Charleston Hotel. Edmondston-Alston House, Charleston, SC
1861/12/11 Circular Church and next door Institute Hall, where the Ordinance of Secession had been ratified in 1860, begin burning. Neither will survive the fire. Circular Congregational Church and Parish House, Charleston, SC
1861/12/11 Witnesses report flames at Russell and Co's Sash and Blind factory and a blaze at Cameron and Co's Immense Machine Shops on Hasell St near the Cooper River. Ansonborough,
1861/12/11 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's mansion on East Bay St is destroyed by the Great Fire.
1861/12/12 Circular Church's steeple collapses as the church is destroyed by Charleston's Great Fire. Circular Congregational Church and Parish House, Charleston, SC

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