Historic Markers Across South Carolina



Our Confederate Dead



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Location: in the Rivers Bridge State Park, a mile south of SC-S-5-31, Ehrhardt, SC
County: Bamberg
Coordinates: N 33° 3.728    W 081° 5.319
  33.06213333    -81.08865
 



Text:

Most of the Confederates killed here were Georgians, and most were unknown when they were reburied. But the local community remembered them as "our Confederate dead," the fallen heroes of a common cause. The monument placed over their mass grave in 1878 resembled a large tombstone, reflecting the grief of a region coming to terms with death and defeat. It became the focal point for remembering the dead and vindicating their cause at the annual memorial services.
" In no other war in all the history of mankind has the glory of vanquished equalled in enduring fame the acclaim won by the victor."
-Dr. James C. Kinard, Rivers Bridge Confederate Memorial Service, May 9, 1941


Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.