North Augusta in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hero of the Hamburg Riot
In Memory of Thomas McKie Meriwether.
In youths clad mourning the unfinished years of manhood stretching before him, with clear knowledge and courageous willingness, he accepted death and found forever the grateful remembrance of all who know high and generous service in the maintaining of those civic and social institutions which the men and women of his race and struggled through the centuries to establish in South Carolina.
In life he exemplified the highest ideal of Anglo-Saxon civilization. By his death he assured to the children of his beloved land the supremacy of that ideal.
Erected 1916 by South Carolina General Assembly.
Location. 33° 29.859′ N, 81° 58.172′ W. Marker is in North Augusta, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is on Carolina Avenue near W. Forest Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Augusta SC 29841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); James Urquhart Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton Terrace Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grenada • Panama • Persian Gulf Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Viet Nam War Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korean War Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Tribute (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War I Tribute (approx. half a mile away); Spanish American War Tribute (approx. half a mile away); War Between The States Tribute (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Augusta.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for the Hamburg Massacre. The Hamburg Massacre (or Hamburg Riot) was a key event of South Carolina Reconstruction. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Official Report of the Battle of Hamburg. According to your request of Monday last, I have visited Hamburg for the purpose of ascertaining the facts connected with the killing of several men there on the night of the 8th of July. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. The Hamburg Massacre: S.C. Gov. Chamberlain's Letter to U.S. President Grant. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Monument only lists one of the individuals who died in the incident the marker commerates.
While Mr. Meriwether was indeed killed in the fighting commemorated by this obelisk, he was one of at least seven citizens killed in this incident (alternatively remembered as a 'riot' or 'massacre' depending on point of view). Mr. Meriwether was the only 'white' citizen to die as a result. The other six casualties were not. Further information can be found in Wikipedia (link provided above) or in the historian Stephen Budiansky's account of the incident in his book The Bloody Shirt - Terror After The Civil War.
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