West Columbia in Lexington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Saluda Factory Ruins
The Saluda Factory, built in 1834, was one of the first water-powered textile mills in South Carolina.
During the Civil War the mill manufactured material used in making shirts and woolen uniforms for the Confederate Army.
This area saw considerable military activity during February 1865.
General William T. Sherman used the site as a staging area before the burning of Columbia.
Location. 34° 0.592′ N, 81° 4.858′ W. Marker is in West Columbia, South Carolina, in Lexington County. Marker can be reached from Wildlife Parkway. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens in the woods north of the Garden Pavilion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Wildlife Parkway, West Columbia SC 29169, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Bridge to the Past (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saluda Factory Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Shelling of Columbia (approx. 1.4 miles away); Unknown Confederate Dead Monument (approx. 1.5 miles away); Elmwood Cemetery Confederate Soldiers (approx. 1.5 miles away); Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 Benjamin Franklin Randolph Monument (approx. 1.5 miles away); George Elmore (approx. 1.6 miles away); Randolph Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Howard School Site (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Columbia.
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1. Saluda Factory Historic District. The sites of Saluda Factory, Camp Sorghum and old State Road are principal parts of a section that is linked together geographically and historically, its significance including industry, commerce, military and transportation. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. William Tecumseh Sherman. William Tecumseh Sherman (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. (Submitted on July 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. The Burning of Columbia. Following the Battle of Rivers' Bridge on February 3, 1865, the Confederate division of Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws attempted to prevent the crossing of the Salkehatchie River by the right wing of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Union army. (Submitted on July 26, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
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