Among Barnard's subject matter in Charleston in April 1865 was City Hall at 80 Broad Street, a short distance from the harbor and Fort Sumter, where the death and destruction started four years earlier. As Barnard trained his bulky, glass-plate camera on the beautiful, early 19th-century building, Union soldiers gathered on the portico and on a bench near steps leading to the entrance. Bricks were missing near a window, perhaps evidence of Yankee shellfire striking the building that remains a landmark today.
The present-day photo comes from a Google Street View camera shooting from a position almost identical to Barnard's Civil War spot. Per usual, I used the excellent, free Juxtapose tool for the Then & Now comparison. For all the Civil War Then & Now images on my blog, click here.
|In an enlargement of Barnard's image of Charleston City Hall, Union soldiers gather on the portico|
and in front of the beautiful building. Note the missing bricks near the window at left,
perhaps evidence of a Union artillery hit.
|A Civil War-era stereoview of Charleston City Hall, which survived destruction.|
(Library of Congress)