It has been called Columbia’s Longest Day, the day Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops shelled the capital city from across the Congaree River.

 A commemoration of that bombardment featuring live cannon fire and Confederate sharpshooters defending the city will be held February 15, from noon to 1 pm on both sides of the Gervais Street bridge in downtown Columbia.

There will be four cannons this year, firing blank rounds for 30 minutes from the west side of the bridge. Both Confederate and Union re-enactors will be taking part. Confederate sharpshooters will be returning fire from the east side, much as it was 155 years ago.

The event is free and is sponsored by the Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to Don Gordon, event chairman.

This year West Columbia City Councilman Mickey Pringle will be firing the first cannon.

Gordon said the event will offer a great history lesson for all ages. For more details about the Columbia fighting and the burning of the city visit