The 1838 Fire in Charleston, South Carolina

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery and its beautifully decorated graves

On the twenty-seventh of April, 1838, Charleston was visited by a fire which proved exceedingly disastrous. Nearly one-half the city was swept by the flames, which raged for twenty-eight hours, and were finally averted only by the blowing up of buildings in their path. There were 1158 buildings destroyed!

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