Historic Markers Across South Carolina

A House in Mourning: Death of a Soldier

Marker ID:  
Location: 21 East Battery St, Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 46.304    W 079° 55.683
  32.77173333    -79.92805


A House in Mourning: Death of a Soldier
Edmondston-Alston House

To the Memory of
Lieut. John Julius Pringle Alston
1st Lieutenant
South Carolina Artillery
Born in Charleston
December 4, 1836
Died in Greenville
September 20, 1863 of Typhoid
Contracted in the defense of his State
At Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner

Whilst his father was raising him in his bed, he said calmly “I am dying.” His father asked him if he wished his mother to pray for him at his bedside. He answered “Yes.” After joining with us in our prayers for him, he invoked God’s blessing on us, & in a few hours breathed no more. Our state has lost an efficient soldier & a mother a beloved son. And my dear sister, I have another, exposed to all the hardships & dangers of this destructive war. My God Almighty protect him & enable him to return to his home, in health & safety. — Emma Pringle Alston, his mother, Winter 1863.