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Fort Mill in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
To the Faithful Slaves
 
West side Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
1. West side
 
Inscription.
[West Side]:
1860
Dedicated to
the faithful slaves
who, loyal to a sacred trust,
toiled for the support
of the army with matchless
devotion and sterling
fidelity [and] guarded our defenseless
homes, women and children during
the struggle for the principles
of our "Confederate States of
America."
1865

[East Side]:
1895
Erected by Sam'l E. White
in grateful memory of earlier
days. With approval of the
Jefferson Davis
Memorial Association.
Among the many faithful:
Nelson White - Anthony White
Sandy White - Jim White
Warren White - Henry White
Silas White - Nathan Springs
Handy White - Solomon Spratt

 
Erected 1895 by Samuel E. White and the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 35° 0.46′ N, 80° 56.691′ W. Marker is in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 160) and Academy Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Mill SC 29715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
 
South Side Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
2. South Side
 
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Catawba Indian Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Women of the Confederacy Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fort Mill Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Unity Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jefferson Davis's Flight South, April 26-27, 1865 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nation Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Mill.
 
Additional comments.
1. Faithful Slaves Monument
The third monument, also erected in 1895 in Fort Mill's Confederate Park, commemorates the faithful slaves of wartime. The thirteen-foot monument rests on a marble base, which is supported by four steps of masonry. The square shaft is a tapering obelisk of pure white marble. It is a tribute to the "faithfulness of the Southern negro to the women and children of the South during the war...probably the only one of its kind in the South." Samuel Elliott White purchased and unveiled this monument on May 10, 1900. John McKee Spratt, who was preparing to join the Confederate army at age sixteen when the Confederacy collapsed, helped White with the purchase. Spratt, the great grandson of "Old Kanahwa," had interests in farming, lumber, fertilizer, and the cotton mill in Fort Mill after the war.

(Source: A Guide to Confederate Monuments in South Carolina: "Passing the Silent Cup" by Robert S. Seigler (1997), pgs 338.)
 
East side Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
3. East side
 
    — Submitted January 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
 
North side Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
4. North side
 
 
Monument to the Faithful Slaves Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
5. Monument to the Faithful Slaves
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 9,169 times since then. Last updated on May 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 25, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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