Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Confederate Printing Plant

Marker ID: SCHM 40-124
Location: on the north side of Gervais St (US 378), east of Huger St (US 176).
County: Richland
Coordinates: N 33° 59.883    W 081° 02.670
  33.99805    -81.0445
Style: Free Standing **


Constructed in 1863-64 for the printing and stationery firm of Evans & Cogswell. That firm, founded in Charleston, produced bonds and currency for the Confederacy throughout the war and moved to Columbia in 1863. The Confederate Treasury Note Bureau moved its headquarters here as well in the spring of 1864.

After 1864 Evans and Cogswell printed almost all bonds and currency for the Confederate Treasury. Many young women were employed here to sign and cut sheets as they came off the press. When Federal troops burned part of the building in February 1865 they carried off the printing plates and “an immense quantity” of currency. The building served as a warehouse for the state liquor dispensary system from 1895 to 1907.

Erected by the Mary Boykin Chesnut Chapter #2517, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 2002, replacing Marker 40-36, erected by the City of Columbia in 1966


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