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Photographer: Mike Stroud
Taken: January 2009
Caption: Plaque 2, Eloquent Words Distinguished Speakers
Additional Description: The centerpiece of each year's Rivers Bridge
Confederate memorial service is an address
delivered by a prominent speaker. Governors,
senators, congressmen, and judges have stood
here and thrilled the crowds with their oratory.
Some speakers at early services solemnly
addressed the war's human cost to an audience
that had firsthand knowledge of its devastion.
Others praised the virtues of the common
Confederate Soldier in an effort to instill those
virtues in the young. Later orators tackled the
pressing social and political issues of the day,
citing lessons learned from the Civil War in
support of their arguments.
" To be invited as one of the orators on
memorial day at Rivers Bridge is an honor
to be held in high esteem."
- The Bamburg Herald, April 30, 1903
South Carolina State Park Service
Submitted: January 27, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p51405
File Size: 0.157 Megabytes
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