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Unknown Confederate Dead Monument

 
 
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
1. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker
Full view of the East Face of the Monument
Inscription. (East):
Soldiers of the Confederate States

(South):
“The death of men is not the death of rights that urged them to the fray.”

(West):
A loving memory from the Richland Memorial Association

(North):
Deo vindice
 
Erected 1899 by Richland Memorial Association.
 
Location. 34° 0.978′ N, 81° 3.336′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from Elmwood Avenue. Click for map. Inside Elmwood Cemetery in the Confederate Memorial Area. 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. Elmwood Cemetery Confederate Soldiers (here, next to this marker); Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865 (here, next to this marker); Randolph Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Benjamin Franklin Randolph Monument (approx. half a mile away); George Elmore (approx. half a mile away); Site of the Surrender of Columbia, SC (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old State Fair Grounds (approx. 0.7 miles away); South Carolina Memorial Gardens (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Additional comments.
Close up of the East side text image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
2. Close up of the East side text

1. More about this monument
The monument to the unknown Confederate dead stands thirteen feet tall in the center of the Confederate section at Elmwood Cemetery. The South Carolina Monument Association was organized in 1869 and purchased a site on Arsenal Hill in 1873 to erect the monument that now stands on the State House grounds. When the association was forced to seek an alternate site because of the discovery of quicksand on Arsenal Hill, they chose the hill above the entrance to Elmwood Cemetery. With the ouster of the Radicals in 1876, the State House lawn became the preferred site for the associationís monument, and the base was moved from Elmwood to the State House. Not until 1899 did another organization, the Richland Memorial Association, erect an appropriate monument over the graves of the unknown soldiers at Elmwood Cemetery. This association, composed of a number of patriotic women of Columbia, had been raising funds for several years to erect a shaft at Elmwood. A large, anonymous gift made completion of the blue marble monument possible.
    — Submitted August 31, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Full View of the South Face of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
3. Full View of the South Face of the Monument
Close up of the South face text image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
4. Close up of the South face text
Full View of the West face of the monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
5. Full View of the West face of the monument
Close up of the West face of the monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
6. Close up of the West face of the monument
Full View of the North Face of the Monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
7. Full View of the North Face of the Monument
Close up of the North face of the monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
8. Close up of the North face of the monument
Confederate Soldiers Memorial Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody
9. Confederate Soldiers Memorial Arch Marker
In the lower part of the arch are the UDC designation and the date (1951) of the dedication of the arch. The tombstones of some of the Confederate Soldiers are in the background.
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
10. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument
Taken from the Speaker's stand showing Confederate Soldiers' Tombstones surrounding the monument
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
11. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument
The Speaker Stand and Memorial Arch can be seen behind the Monument as well as many of the Confederate Soldiers' Tombstones
Confederate Speakers Stand and Union Soldier Tombstones image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody
12. Confederate Speakers Stand and Union Soldier Tombstones
In this picture you can see the tombstones of fallen Union Soldiers designated with the American Flags, just below the Confederate Flag flying at the back of the Speakers Stand.
Flags behind the monument image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 21, 2011
13. Flags behind the monument
Various Confederate flags flying behind the Unknown confederate Dead Monument
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2011
14. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2011
15. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker
Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2011
16. Unknown Confederate Dead Monument Marker
A Known Texan image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 18, 2011
17. A Known Texan
2nd Lt J.T. Drake, Co I , 5 Texas Inf
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,168 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.   14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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