December 12,This day during the American Civil War

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December 12, 1861 – in Charleston, South Carolina – On December 11, a tragic fire started in the city of Charleston. Unable to control it initially, the fire gained momentum and swept through the city. It managed to destroy half of the entire city, including the important business district. The fire was not able to be put out until the next day. December 16, ntered Salem, which contained the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad. The Federals managed to destroy 3 Confederate supply depots. The depots contained: 2,000 barrels of flour, 10,000 bushels of wheat, 100,000 bushels of shelled corn, 50,000 bushels of oats, 2,000 barrels of meat, several cords of leather, 1,000 sacks of salt, 31 boxes of clothing, 20 bales of cotton, a large amount of harness, shoes, saddles, equipments, tools, tar and various other stores, and 100 wagons. The Federals destroyed telegraph wire for 1/2 mile. Theyere was much…

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