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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Confederate Soldiers Home
 
Confederate Soldiers Home Site Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
1. Confederate Soldiers Home Site Marker
 
Inscription. Confederate Soldiers Home by an act of the General Assembly in 1908, an infirmary was established on this site for the infirm and destitute Confederate Soldiers and Sailors of the state in 1925. Eligibility for admission was extended to wives and widows of Confederate Veterans. The home was closed in 1957, when too few residents remained.
 
Erected 1970 by Wade Hampton Chapter, UDC.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 34° 1.233′ N, 81° 2.248′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Bull Street, on the right when traveling west on Confederate Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Geiger Ave. Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); I. DeQuincey Newman Freeway (approx. 0.2 miles away); South Carolina State Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Modjeska Simkins House (approx. half a mile away); South Carolina State Hospital, Mills Building (approx. half a mile away); Elmwood Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Site of the Surrender of Columbia, SC (approx. half a mile away); Mann-Simons Cottage (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Overview Photo, Click for full size
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
2. Overview
 

 
Additional comments.
1.
The Wade Hampton Chapter dedicated this marker on March 31, 1971. Mrs. Paul H. Leonard, president of the chapter, presided over the ceremony. Dr. E. Wannamaker Hardin gave the invocation. The orator of the day was Samuel L. Latimer. H.T. Phillips, president of Phillips Granite Company of Winnsboro, SC, unveiled the five - foot marker.
    — Submitted August 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.

2.
The South Carolina Confederate Soldiers' Home in Columbia opened in 1909. It was described in the Rock Hill Herald on June 2, 1909 as follows:

"The home is situated on a beautiful knoll, formerly Belleville, the homestead of Col. William Wallace's ancestors. The land is now part of the farm of the State Hospital. It is situated about a half a mile beyond Elmwood Avenue on the car line to Colonial Heights. The front of the building is a colonnade, Southern style, and the immense old trees surrounding the place give it an air of restfulness and peace and homelikeness. Twenty-one old veterans are already at home in their comfortable quarters."
    — Submitted August 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.
 
View from the corner of Bull St and Confederate Ave Photo, Click for full size
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
3. View from the corner of Bull St and Confederate Ave
 
 
Confederate Soldiers Home Photo, Click for full size
Courtsey of the National Archives and Records Administration, circa 1937
4. Confederate Soldiers Home
This photograph was taken in the late 1930's shortly after the grounds had been landscaped as part of a WPA beautification project. That the Federal Government would expend funds to enhance a final home for survivors of the "lost cause" who fought to leave this union must have been an irony for some of those who lived there.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 400 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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