Clarification of History of First Baptist Church April 24, 2009, publication
Legend has it that Columbia's First Baptist Church narrowly missed being torched by Sherman's troops. As the story goes, the soldiers marched to the church and asked the groundskeeper if he could direct them to the location of the church where the declaration of secession was signed. The loyal groundskeeper directed the men to another church, a Methodist church located nearby; thus, the historic landmark avoided being destroyed by Union soldiers. The original wooden church used as a Sunday School building was burned, not the brick church which is the present church where the Secession Convention was held.