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


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.