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Women of the Confederacy Memorial

 
 
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By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
1. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
South side
Inscription.
[South Side]:
1860
Affectionately
dedicated by
the Jefferson Davis
Memorial Association
to the women of
the Confederacy.
The living and the dead,
who midst the gloom of war
were heroines in the strife,
to perpetuate their noble
sacrifices on the altar of
our common country. Let
sweet incense forever
rise, till it reach them,
in robes of victory
beyond the skies.
1865

[East Side]:
Mesdames
White - Johnston
Spratt - Epps
Springs - Culp
Harris - Graham
Merritt - Coltharp
Kimbrell - Bailes
Armstrong - Garrison
Burns - Stewart
Jones - Massey
and many others.

[North Side]:
1895
Respectfully
donated by
Samuel E. White
to the Jefferson Davis
Memorial Association.

[West Side]:
"Many are the hearts that
are weary to-night
wishing for the war to
cease.
Many are the hearts praying
for the right
to see the dawn of peace."

 
Erected 1895 by Jefferson Davis Memorial Association.
 
Location. 35° 0.456′ N, 80° 56.682′ 
Women of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
2. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
East side
W. Marker is in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Academy Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Mill SC 29715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mill Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); To the Faithful Slaves (a few steps from this marker); Catawba Indian Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Park (a few steps from this marker); Fort Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Unity Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jefferson Davis's Flight South, April 26-27, 1865 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nation Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away); Springfield Plantation (approx. 3 miles away); The Revolution in the Backcountry/ Sumter's Camp at Clems Branch (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mill.
 
Additional comments.
1. Women of the Confederacy Monument
Samuel Elliott White organized the Jefferson Davis Memorial Association in Fort Mill about 1889 and became its first president. Its membership comprised the men and women who had known the hardships of the war. This group subsequently divided into the Ladies' Memorial Association, the Fort Mill Camp
Women of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
3. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
North side
of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the United Confederate Veterans, the Sons of United Confederate Veterans, and Daughters of the American Revolution. This monument was the first erected in the South in memory of the women of the Confederacy, "the finest and best conceived memorial in all our bonnie Southland."

The figure stands on four pedestals of masonry and two steps of marble, a total of seventeen feet in height. It is a highly polished shaft wrought from the finest grained clouded marble. The female figure was carved in Italy of white marble. The woman "has for a moment, while kneeling in supplication for the success of a lost cause, dropped her country's flag around her knees and extended her clasped hands and turned her eyes toward heaven." The citizens of Fort Mill erected the monument in 1895. (Source: A Guide to Confederate Monuments in South Carolina: "Passing the Silent Cup" by Robert S. Seigler (1997), pgs 336-337.)
    — Submitted January 9, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Women of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
4. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
West side
Women of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
5. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
Women of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 25, 2009
6. Women of the Confederacy Memorial
 
 
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