The Skirmish At Gamble's Hotel depicts an encounter that occurred on March 5, 1865 when
500 federal soldiers, under the command of Colonel Reuben Williams of the 12th Indiana
Infantry, marched into the Florence area to destroy the railroad depot. These
federal troops were met by a group of Confederate soldiers who drove them away with the
help of 400 reinforcements from the area home guard.
The Columns is a popular name for The Harwell House at Rankin Plantation, a beautiful
antebellum home that dates back over 100 years. The name refers to the 22 Greek style,
Doric columns that surround the home on three sides. The house was placed on the National
Register of historic places in 1974.
Proceeds from our event go towards historical preservation such as the 23rd History Scholarship, the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History, the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military
Museum at the SC State Museum, and other
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