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Secondary Scholarship | 2004
Transcription The portions excerpted are part of Chapt. 3, all of Chapt. 4, all but the first paragraph of
Chapt. 9, all but the first two paragraphs of Chapt. 10, most of Chapt. 11, the first three
paragraphs of Chapt. 12, and the last part of Chapt. 13.

4. "Sack and Destruction of Columbia, Written by Wm. Gilmore Simms, Esq., for the
Phoenix," in Julian A. Selby, Memorabilia and Anecdotal Reminiscences of Columbia, South
Carolina (Columbia, SC: R. L. Bryan Co., 1905; reprinted 1970), pp.154–97.
Selby reprints almost all of Simms's Power Press version, eliding chapter breaks and
headings and changing numerous paragraph breaks. He also omits parts of Chapts. 17, 18, 22,
and 24, and adds one paragraph summarizing the extent of the destruction, appended to Chapt.
27, the only chapter he labels, the "Conclusion." Selby also abridges the "List of Property
Destroyed" to only the names of the owners; persons owning multiple properties are listed
only once.

5. Sack and Destruction of the City of Columbia, S. C. By William Gilmore Simms. 2d.
ed. Edited with notes by A[lexander] S[amuel] Salley. Oglethorpe University, GA: Oglethorpe
University Press, 1937. xx+86 pp. Hardbound.
Salley's edition adds a 20-page introduction and 24 footnotes to the pamphlet.

6. Sack and destruction of the city of Columbia, S.C. 2d ed. Edited with notes by
A[lexander] S[amuel] Salley. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press [Ayer Company
Publishers], [1971]. xx+86 pp. Hardbound.
A reprint of the Salley edition and the only one catalogued by the Library of Congress.

7. The Sack and Destruction of Columbia, South Carolina, by William Gilmore Simms.
Wiggins, Miss. [Dahlonega, GA].: Crown Rights Book Company, [2000]. 86 pp. Paperback.
A partial reprint of the Salley edition, without the introduction, by a small, print-on-demand
publisher. In their catalog, Crown Rights notes that it was "Originally published in 1865."
Crown Rights relocated to Dahlonega, GA, by 2003.

8. The Sack and Destruction of Columbia, South Carolina. Clearwater, SC: Eastern Digital
Resources, [2000]. 106 pp. Paperback.
A reproduction of the Salley edition, though their catalog notes that "The original edition
was published in 1897." They cannot recall the details of the copy they used, only that it was in
the general collection of the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. There
is no known edition bearing that date, and according to Library records, for decades, only the
1937 edition has been located in the Cooper's general collection.