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2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton Marker image, Touch for more information
By Cindy Bullard, November 8, 2010
2nd Lieutenant Fred H. Sexton Marker
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
[Marker Front] 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 . . . — Map (db m132036) HM
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 — 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 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 — 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 — 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 — 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, WWII, . . . — 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 — 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 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

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