Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gen. John A. Wagener
Founder of Walhalla. Born in Sievern, Kingdom of Hannover. Germany July 21, 1816. He emigrated to Charleston, SC where her became a leader in the German emigrant community. Elected Mayor of Charleston. Organized the German Colonization Society with the purpose of finding a suitable place for German emigrants to settle in upstate South Carolina. During the War Between the States, he served as
a Colonel in the German Artillery, South Carolina Militia, Confederate States Army, and was later promoted to Brigadier General. Died August 29, 1876 in Walhalla, and was buried in Saint John's Lutheran Church cemetery at his request. His remains were later removed to Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, SC, where a monument was erected to him by the veterans of the German Artillery.
Erected 2007 by Oconee Arts and Historical Commission, and Greater Walhalla German - American Club.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 21, 1853.
Location. 34° 45.87′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patriot's Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The English School (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel R.T. Jaynes (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John A. Wagener Monument (about 400 feet away); St. John’s Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); Oconee County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Combat Infantrymen Monument (about 500 feet away); The Silver Rose (about 500 feet away); Duty, Honor, Country (about 500 feet away); Oconee Heritage Center (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walhalla.
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