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Photographer: Mike Stroud
Taken: January 2009
Caption: Plaque 3, The Grandest Annual Gathering of the South
Additional Description: The Confederate memorial services at Rivers Bridge
quickly attracted many people to remember loved
ones lost in the war. Others were drawn by the
fellowship and good food available at the ceremonies.
Politicians seeking votes and young people looking
for fun followed the crowds. By the late 1800s
attendance ranged in the thousands, and large
crowds remained common into the 1960s. Lonf after
anyone who remembered the war had passed away,
though, the primary purpose of the gathering
remained the same - to remember the Confederate
dead and draw meaning from their sacrifice.
" It was the grandest annual gathering of the South,
this voluntary meeting of the thousands to pledge
unwavering loyalty to the truth of the past and
the duty of the future."
- The Barnwell People, May 4, 1899
South Carolina State Park Service
Submitted: January 27, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p51415
File Size: 0.141 Megabytes
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