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Marker detail: Soldiers’ graves near General Hospital, City Point, Va., c. 1863 (Library of Congress image, Touch for more information
By Brandon D Cross
Marker detail: Soldiers’ graves near General Hospital, City Point, Va., c. 1863 (Library of Congress
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — A National Cemetery System
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . — Map (db m149425) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — A National Cemetery SystemFlorence National Cemetery
Civil War Dead An estimated 700,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Civil War between April 1861 and April 1865. As the death toll rose, the U.S. government struggled with the urgent but unplanned need to bury fallen Union . . . — Map (db m149953) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — All Gave Some – Some Gave All
All Gave Some – Some Gave All This building will forever serve as a monument to those who proudly served and protected their country. Dedicated by Florence County Council Roger M. Poston . . . — Map (db m149486) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Alone With MemoriesFlorence Veterans Park
This monument is presented to the people of Florence for their exceptional hospitality and kindness. Sculpted in memory of my parents - Fannie and Marcus Palkovich Survivors of Concentration Camps Auschwitz and Mauthausen and . . . — Map (db m149808) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-29 — American Legion Post #1 / 2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton
American Legion Post #1 This post, organized in May 1919 and chartered by national headquarters in June 1919, was the first American Legion post in S.C. Florence County veterans J.D. Smyser, R.B. Fulton, and N.S. Lachicotte represented S.C. at . . . — Map (db m38025) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-26 — Atomic Bomb Accident at Mars Bluff, March 11, 1958
In 1958, in the midst of the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atomic bomb near here. The unarmed 7,600-lb., 10'8"-long bomb was aboard a B-47E bomber on a training mission headed for England. Its high-explosive trigger detonated . . . — Map (db m132036) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch S-53 1864 Confederate Naval Foundry & Ordinance Works Selma, Alabama 10,600 pounds 142” length On loan from United States General Services Administration The VI.4-inch Brooke has been . . . — Map (db m150002) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Brooke Rifled Cannon, VII-inch
Brooke rifled cannon, VII-inch S-46 1864 Confederate Naval Foundry & Ordnance Works Selma, Alabama 15,000 pounds 147" lenght On loan from United States General Services Administration Seven-inch Brooke rifled . . . — Map (db m150036) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — CarillonFlorence National Cemetery
AMVETS dedicated this Carillon as a living memorial to America’s Veterans who served their country honorably for the cause of freedom June 6, 1987 Florence National Cemetery Florence South Carolina “… As these . . . — Map (db m149439) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21 10 — Christ Episcopal Church
Marker front: First organized as a chapel in 1843 by the Rev. N.P. Tillinghast of Trinity Church, Society Hill, this church was formally established as Christ Church, Mars Bluff, in 1856. The Rev. Augustus Moore, who took over the chapel in . . . — Map (db m20488) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Civil War Union Burials
(Front): One each side of this marker lie the remains of approximately 2300 Union soldiers who died as prisoners in the Florence Prison Stockade, between September 1864 and February 1865. The Stockade was located across Cemetery Street on . . . — Map (db m45963) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Dahlgren, IX-inch
Dahlgren, IX-inch FP 573 1862 Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 9,000 pounds 131.5” length On loan from United States General Services Administration This IX-inch Dahlgren smooth-bore cannon, . . . — Map (db m150034) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Desert Storm
To the men and women who answered the call DESERT STORM 1991 — Map (db m52248) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-5 — Ebenezer Church
Side A In January of 1778 Ebenezer Baptist Church was constituted by pioneer minister Evan Pugh and Richard Furman, for whom Furman University is named. Admitted to the Charleston Baptist Association in 1778, the church was incorporated in . . . — Map (db m38022) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-19 — Florence Depot (1852) / Wilmington & Manchester RR
Florence Depot The original depot named Florence was built here in 1852, where the Wilmington & Manchester RR crossed present-day Hoffmeyer Rd. It was named for Florence Harllee (1848-1927), daughter of the railroad's president, William W. . . . — Map (db m38023) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
The Florence National Cemetery established in 1865 is this day re-dedicated to the memory of all the patriotic men and women who answered their country's call to service their inspiring contribution will help preserve in the . . . — Map (db m45967) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
National Cemetery In 1865, the U.S. Army quartermaster general designated the original 3.76-acre prison cemetery as Florence National Cemetery. It contains not only the bodies of Union prisoners who died in Florence, but soldiers removed . . . — Map (db m149474) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence National Cemetery
Florence Prison Stockade In early September 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman's Union army took Atlanta and came within striking range of the large Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. he Confederate government responded to . . . — Map (db m149984) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence Stockade Monument
This boulder was placed here by the United Daughters of the Confederacy of Florence, S.C. January 27, 1947 To record the fact that directly south of this spot was situated a stockade where 6,500 Federal prisoners were . . . — Map (db m45962) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Florence Veterans Park
Florence Veterans Park Dedicated November 11, 2008 to all Pee Dee area veterans who have proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. Committee Members In recognition of their vision and commitment to this worthy project. Rick Walden, . . . — Map (db m52256) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Francis Marion Memorial Highway
Erected in 1971 by the state of South Carolina as a memorial to General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" whose guerrilla war tactics during American Revolution made him the chief scourge of the British in eastern South Carolina — Map (db m52273) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Gold Star Family MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
The Gold Star Family Monument recognizes the pain, grief, and agony that Gold Star Family members endure with the death of a parent, child, spouse, sibling, or other loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States . . . — Map (db m149949) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Guns of the CSS Peedeecast iron - 1860s
During the Civil War, the Confederate Navy operated a large and well-guarded shipyard on the east bank of the great Pee Dee River at Mars Bluff, Marion County. The largest vessel constructed at the site was the 150 ft. wooden gunship CSS Peedee, . . . — Map (db m149488) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Henry Timrod
Henry Timrod 1828 ~ 1867 Poet Laureate of the Confederacy ~ * ~Within this building he taught, among others, “Katie,” later to become his wife. — Map (db m54612) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-15 — Hewn-Timber Cabins
The African Americans who built the two hewn-timber cabins that stand 200 yds. S. on Wallace Woods Road were brought to Mars Bluff as slaves in 1836. They lived in these cabins on the cotton plantation of J. Eli Gregg, in what was then Marion . . . — Map (db m18203) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Home SafeFlorence Veterans Park
Dedicated to the men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces and to their families who have provided fidelity and loving support. Home Safe was designed and sculpted by Florence resident and internationally . . . — Map (db m149714) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-25 — Hopewell Presbyterian Church
Front This church, organized ca. 1770, is the first Presbyterian church in what is now Florence County. Many of its founding families came to S.C. from Scotland and Ireland. The first church here, a frame building, stood across Old River . . . — Map (db m37328) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — KoreaFlorence Veterans Park
In Honor of All Korean War Veterans Pusan • Inchon • Chosin Reservoir • Pork Chop Hill Old Baldy • Outpost Harry, and Heartbreak Ridge Were All Crucial Battles Where Brave Men and Women Served in the Treacherous . . . — Map (db m149698) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-1 — Moses S. Haynsworth
Born in Darlington District in 1845, this Confederate War veteran witnessed the firing attack on the Union steamer Star of the West, as it attempted to reinforce Ft. Sumter Jan. 9, 1861. He participated in skirmishes at Tullifinny River near . . . — Map (db m38019) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-23 — Pisgah Methodist Church
Side A This church, founded in 1806 in what was Darlington District until Florence County was founded in 1888, grew out of an early Methodist “Society.” Rev. Thomas Humphries (d. 1820), who served this and other area circuits, . . . — Map (db m38024) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — POW✯MIA
(Front): In honor of all American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Dedicated by Rolling Thunder® South Carolina Chapter 4 Florence 2008 (Reverse): POW✯MIA emblem, WWI, . . . — Map (db m52250) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Purple Heart Recipients
In honor of Purple Heart Recipients They paid for our freedom with blood. All gave some, some gave all. — Map (db m52252) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — September 11, 2001
This monument contains limestone damaged in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon and is placed in remembrance of the 2,977 individuals killed in the attacks on our homeland. 184 perished at . . . — Map (db m52253) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — The Cruiser Pee Dee, C.S.N.
Front The Cruiser Pee Dee, C. S. N. Built C.S.N. Navy Yard, Pee Dee, S. C. 1864 Burned to avoid capture March 15, 1865. “No Nation rose so white and fair, None fell so pure of crime.” Reverse Boulder Donated by . . . — Map (db m54660) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — The Marine Corps League of Florence, SC
Uncommon valor was a common virtue. United States Marine Corps established Nov. 10, 1775 Detachment 410 chartered Oct. 14, 1977 Monument dedicated May 1, 2010 The Julian D. Dusenbury MCL detachment 410 honors all Marines who served . . . — Map (db m52249) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — U.S. Navy MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Department of the Navy United States of America To the Men and Women of the United States Navy Fair Winds and Following Seas — Map (db m150281) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Air Force MemorialFlorence Veterans Park
Let this monument serve as a reminder of the men and women who have served in our nation’s Air Force. Their loyalty and their sacrifice will never be forgotten. — Map (db m149759) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Army MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Loyalty ★ Duty ★ Respect ★ Selfless Service ★ Honor ★ Integrity ★ Personal Courage — Map (db m150046) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — United States Merchant Marine MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
“In Honor of the Thousands of Merchant Mariners for Faithful and Dedicated Service to the United States of America” — Map (db m150040) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — US Coast Guard MonumentFlorida Veterans Park
Dedicated to the Men and Women of the United States Coast Guard Semper Paratus Always Prepared US Coast Guard Cutter Comanche (WPG-76) Anchor • The 165-foot “A” class cutter, Comanche, was . . . — Map (db m149928) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — Vietnam Veterans MonumentFlorence Veterans Park
Dedicated To Those Who Served In Vietnam 1955 1975 Reverse: Each Star Represents 1000 Fallen Americans — Map (db m149706) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-2 — William Gee
A veteran of the Revolution, William Gee served as a private with the Continental Line of N.C. and moved to this area before 1797. He was one of the original members of the Washington Society, organized in 1803 to establish an academy on Jeffries . . . — Map (db m38021) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21 21 — William H. Johnson Birthplace
Marker Front: William Henry Johnson (1901-1970), one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, was born nearby on Cox Street. His family later lived on the corner of Cheves and Kemp Streets. In 1918, at the age of . . . — Map (db m20490) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-8 — William W. Harllee
President of Wilmington & Manchester Railroad and a founder of the city of Florence, Harllee (1812-1897) was also a general in the SC Militia, signer of Ordinance of Secession, Lt. Governor (1860-62), member of the General Assembly, and president . . . — Map (db m37307) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-31 — Wilson School / Wilson High School
Wilson School Wilson School, later Wilson High School, was the first public school in Florence, and stood here from 1866 to 1906. At first a private school for black children, it was established by the New England Branch of the Freedmen’s . . . — Map (db m38026) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War I MemorialFlorence Veterans Park
Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori In Memory of the Service Men From Florence County, South Carolina Who gave their lives in the World War 1914 – 1918 To The End That Liberty Should not perish from the Earth White . . . — Map (db m149858) WM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War II Memorial
Dedicated to the Men and Women of Florence County who answered the call of America in World War II *and* In memory of those who gave their young lives for God and Country Placed by The United Daughters of the Confederacy of Florence, South Carolina . . . — Map (db m52255) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — World War II Memorial
These pines dedicated with reverence as a living memorial to those who served in World War II Wildwood Garden Club February 2, 1945 — Map (db m54662) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Florence — 21-6 — Young Farm
In 1925 U. S. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, later U. S. President, inspected Fred Young's dairy farm following recognition of one of its Jerseys, Sensation's Mikado's Millie, as a world champion butter-fat producer. The house . . . — Map (db m11178) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Hannah — 21-20 — Hannah
[Front] Hannah, named for the Hannah/Hanna family, was known as Cane Branch or Lynches River before a post office was opened here in 1887. William S. Hannah (1807-1876), a farmer and merchant, built his house nearby in 1847 and also ran a . . . — Map (db m37310) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Jamestown — 21-22 — Jamestown
[Front] This African American community, which flourished here for 70 years, has its origins in a 105-acre tract bought in 1870 by former slave Ervin James (1815-1872). James, determined to own his own farm instead of being dependent on . . . — Map (db m37338) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Johnsonville — 21-4 — Marion at Port’s Ferry / Asbury at Port’s Ferry
Marion at Port’s Ferry. Port’s Ferry, 3 miles NE on the Pee Dee, was owned and operated by Frances Port (c. 1725–1812), widow of Thomas Port, who was a member of the Provincial Congress from Prince Frederick’s Parish. This was a strategic . . . — Map (db m27932) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Johnsonville — 21-3 — Witherspoon’s Ferry / Johnsonville
Witherspoon’s Ferry. In use during the American Revolution, Witherspoon’s Ferry was the site at which Francis Marion accepted command of the Williamsburg Militia in 1780. Ownership of the ferry lands passed from Robert to John Witherspoon in . . . — Map (db m27921) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Johnsonville — Witherspoon’s Ferry: Francis Marion Takes Command
Late in the summer of 1780, Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates led a Continental army toward South Carolina to attempt to roll back the British conquest of the province. As Gates prepared to meet the British at Camden, he sent Col. Francis Marion ~ a . . . — Map (db m53899) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-9 — Browntown
This area is part of several royal landgrants to Moses Brown in 1768-69 which developed into a family community known as Browntown. Family holdings here eventually comprised over 8,000 acres. Many indications of pioneering ingenuity and farm-related . . . — Map (db m39094) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-37 — Church Street/Main Street
Church Street Before the 1820s this intersection of two major roads, one from Georgetown to Camden and the other from Charleston to Cheraw, was popularly called "the crosswords." After Arron Graham built a house here ca. 1930, the area became . . . — Map (db m103911) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-16 — Greater St. James A.M.E. Church
[Front] This church was founded in 1883 by a Rev. Hill and twenty-five charter members. Early services were held in a member’s house on E. Main Street. The congregation purchased a lot at the corner of Lake and N. Church Streets in 1885 and . . . — Map (db m37309) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-40 — H.H. Singletary Building
(side 1) This two-story commercial building was built in 1910 by Henry Horace Singletary (1848-1912) as the H.H. Singletary Company, with a grocery store on the first floor. Singletary, perhaps the most prominent businessman and civic . . . — Map (db m103913) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-28 — Lake City
[Front] This area, in what was then Williamsburg Township, was settled as early as 1754 by members of the Dick, Graham, McAllister, Scott, and other families. Several residents served under Francis Marion during the Revolution. By the 1820s . . . — Map (db m37311) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-42 — Palmetto State Bank Robbery
(side 1) Constructed in 1907, this building originally housed Farmers and Merchants Bank. In 1934 the newly formed Palmetto State Bank opened here. On Sept. 5, 1934 the bank was robbed by three armed men. The bank had larger than normal . . . — Map (db m103914) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-33 — W.T. Askins House
This Folk Victorian house, with pierced brackets and fretwork on its two-tiered porch, was built ca. 1895 for William Thomas Askins (1859-1932). Askins, a merchant and farmer, built and operated five stores here beginning in the 1890s, including the . . . — Map (db m103915) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Lake City — 21-41 — Whitehead Infirmary
Dr. James Whitehead (1906-2004) was a graduate of Lake City H.S. and the Medical University of S.C. After completing his internship at Spartanburg General, he returned to Lake City where he practiced medicine for 55 years. In 1938 he oversaw the . . . — Map (db m104122) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Mars Bluff — 21-17 — Mt. Zion Methodist Church
[Front] This church, founded in 1868 with Rev. James Wesley Johnson as its first minister, held its early services in a brush arbor. In 1870 trustees purchased this 1 ¾ acre tract to build a “Negro Schoolhouse” sponsored by the . . . — Map (db m37336) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Mars Bluff — 21-14 — Mt. Zion Rosenwald School
[Front] This school, built in 1925, was the first public school for African American students in the Mars Bluff community. One of more than 5000 schools in the South funded in part by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, it features a standard . . . — Map (db m37335) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Mars Bluff — 21-27 — Red Doe
This house was built in 1846 for Evander A. Gregg (1818-1874), a planter in what was Marion District. Its high masonry basement and porch form, indigenous to northeastern S.C., make it a fine example of a raised Carolina cottage. It was acquired by . . . — Map (db m37306) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Mill Branch — Burch's Mill: South Carolina’s First Civil War Nears It’s End
In South Carolina, the Revolutionary War had many of the characteristics of a civil war, with those who supported independence, (the Whigs or Patriots) fighting against neighbors and kinsfolk who remained loyal to the King (the Tories or Loyalists). . . . — Map (db m115304) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Pamplico — 21-7 — Dewitt Bluff
[Front] Located about 1/2 mile east, this bluff, part of a Royal landgrant to Edward Crofts in 1740, was named for the DeWitt family, who settled nearby prior to 1767. This area of Prince Frederick Parish was known as Queensborough . . . — Map (db m37313) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Quinby — 21-13 — Ney School / Back Swamp School
Ney School About 1843 Robert Rogers (1808-1882), a planter at "Blooming Grove" in the Back Swamp community of what was then Darlington District, built a plantation schoolhouse and hired Peter Stuart Ney (d. 1846) to teach his children. The . . . — Map (db m37334) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Quinby — 21-11 — Roseville Plantation
Roseville Plantation was established by a royal grant before the American Revolution and a house was built here ca. 1771 for the Dewitt family. Richard Brockinton (d. ca. 1843), planter and state representative, purchased Roseville in 1821. Most of . . . — Map (db m37327) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Quinby — 21-18 — Roseville Plantation Slave And Freedman's Cemetery / Clarke Cemetery
Roseville Plantation Slave And Freedman's Cemetery This was originally the slave cemetery for Roseville Plantation. Roseville, established about 1771 by the Dewitt family, was later owned by the Brockinton, Bacot, and Clarke families from the . . . — Map (db m37337) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Quinby — 21-12 — William R. Johnson House / The Columns
William R. Johnson HouseThis Greek Revival house was built ca. 1854 for William R. Johnson, (1813-1893), physician, planter, and legislator in what was then Marion District. Johnson, an 1838 graduate of the Medical College of S.C., later served . . . — Map (db m37330) HM
South Carolina (Florence County), Timmonsville — 21-24 — The Assassination Of Rep. Alfred Rush
[Front] Alfred Rush (d. 1876), a black state representative for two terms during Reconstruction, was assassinated near here, about 1/2 mi. from his home, on May 13, 1876. Rush, who represented what was then Darlington County in the S.C. . . . — Map (db m37339) HM

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