The History Behind the University of SC’s Horseshoe | Carolina Snaps


The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is not just a campus but also a historic Civil War site. Its origins lie in Rutledge Chapel, the first building on the Historic Horseshoe. The Longstreet Theatre, now a theater, served as a morgue, hospital, gymnasium, and armory during the war. The protective wall along Sumter St. prevented fire damage during the Burning of Columbia in 1865, preserving the college grounds.

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