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Ehrhardt in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Our Confederate Dead

Rivers Bridge State Park

 
 
Our Confederate Dead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2009
1. Our Confederate Dead Marker
Inscription. Most of the Confederates killed here were Georgians, and most were unknown when they were reburied. But the local community remembered them as " our Confederate dead, " the fallen heroes of a common cause. The monument placed over their mass grave in 1878 resembled a large tombstone, reflecting the grief of a region coming to terms with death and defeat. It became the focal point for remembering the dead and vindicating their cause at the annual memorial services.
" In no other war in all the history of mankind has the glory of vanquished equalled in enduring fame the acclaim won by the victor."
-Dr. James C. Kinard, Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Service, May 9, 1941

 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 3.728′ N, 81° 5.319′ W. Marker is in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker can be reached from Rivers Bridge State Park near SC-S-5-8. Click for map. At Memorial Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Ehrhardt SC 29081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rivers Bridge Confederate Dead (a few steps from this marker); A Tradition of Remembering, A Legacy of Preservation (within shouting
Our Confederate Dead Photo of Mass Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By South Carolina Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
2. Our Confederate Dead Photo of Mass Grave Marker
distance of this marker); Four County WW II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Colleton County Confederate Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Rivers Bridge State Historic Site (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bamberg County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle Of Riversí Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ehrhardt.
 
Regarding Our Confederate Dead. A photo of the memorial on the marker is captioned: The memorial service at Rivers Bridge ends as it has in years past, with flowers decorating the mass grave.

"And then the gentle bands of fair woman placed pure flowers upon the graves of the gallant boys in gray."
- The Barnwell People, May 1, 1884
Background photo courtesy of The Post and Courier
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
Our Confederate Dead Memorial Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 2009
3. Our Confederate Dead Memorial Cemetery
Our Confederate Dead image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
4. Our Confederate Dead
In Memory
of our
Confederate Dead
who fell in battle at
River's Bridges
Feb. 4, 1865.
Our Confederate Dead 10 headstones image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2009
5. Our Confederate Dead 10 headstones
 
 
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