Kingstree in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Williamsburg County Confederate Monument
U.D.C. and the
citizens of the county,
To the memory
of the men of
who fought for
the rights of the
[Relief Crossed Sabres]
volunteers from Williamsburg
whose courage zeal and
devotion fed the fires of
patriotism that kept
alive the flame during four
years of arduous conflict.
They sacrificed their all
on the altar of their
country with no hope of
reward - save honor.
Erected 1910 by Williamsburg Chapter U.D.C. and the citizens of the county.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 33° 39.814′ N, 79° 49.838′ W. Marker is in Kingstree, South Carolina, in Williamsburg County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 261) near South Academy Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willamsburg County Veterans Monument (a few steps from this marker); Williamsburgh (a few steps from this marker); Old Muster Ground and Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Thurgood Marshall, J.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Williamsburg Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stephen A. Swails House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kingstree: Gathering Vital Intelligence (approx. half a mile away); Captain Roger Gordon (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingstree.
Regarding Williamsburg County Confederate Monument. Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Control Number: IAS SC000049
1. Williamsburg County Confederate Monument
About 1905, Mrs. D.C. Scott and seven other women organized a chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy in Williamsburg County to develop a memorial
They unveiled the monument on May 10, 1910, even though the statue of the soldier had not yet arrived. Reverend E.E. Ervin offered the opening prayer before a crowd of 2,000. The popular speaker,James Armstrong, Jr., of Charleston, was orator of the day. John G. Pressley, commander of South Carolina Confederate Veterans, also spoke. Pressley was formerly lieutenant colonel of the 25th S.C. Volunteer Regiment -- a regiment in which many Williamsburg District men served. Pressley had lost an arm at Port Walthal Junction on May 7, 1864. Several V.D.C. members unveiled the monument and presented it to Mayor L.W. Gilland, who accepted it for Kingstree.
The Southern Marble and Granite Company of Spartanburg made the thirty-two-foot granite monument. It was originally placed in the middle of the prominent intersection of Main and Academy Streets in Kingstree, facing eastward. Charles W. Wolfe, a Williamsburg County native who was the editor of the Williamsburg County Record and founder of the Georgetown Outlook, wrote the inscriptions.
The six-foot, eight-inch statue was carved in Italy from Italian marble. The figure is that of a Federal soldier, although
In 1958, the S.C. Highway Department, as a part of the upgrading of the public highway system, required the City of Kingstree to move the monument. Many citizens of Kingstree objected, and a public debate that several other South Carolina towns found familiar began. The issue divided the town. The V.D.C. opposed any relocation.
— Submitted February 3, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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