During the American Civil War, Union troops were driven away from Columbus at the Battle of West Point by General Nathan B. Forrest. Consequently, over 200 antebellum structures, most of these homes, were saved the destruction similar to that of so many homes in so many other Southern cities and towns. Columbus is luckily the "Untouched City." The antebellum homes bespeak a grandeur not seen in many communities of its size today. Unfortunately, few primary source records survive to tell the stories of these homes and the people who lived and live in them. Some home owners, curious about their old houses, have salvaged the family papers of the house builders and occupants and either donated them to the Billups-Garth Archives of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library or kept them in the home.



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