Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg > State Monuments


The State of South Carolina monument is southwest of Gettysburg on West Confederate Avenue. (39.797858° N, 77.255924° W; Google map; Tour map: West Confederate Avenue – Part 5)

South Carolina sent almost 5,000 men to Gettysburg with the Army of Northern Virginia. Of these, over 1,300 became casualties. (see the States at Gettysburg)

The monument was designed by J.D. Hill of the Bruns Monumental Company of Columbia, South Carolina, who also designed the State of Florida monument at Gettysburg. It was dedicated on July 2nd, 1963.
State of South Carolina monument at Gettysburg

From the monument:

South Carolina

That men of honor might forever know
the responsibilities of freedom.
Dedicated South Carolinians stood
and were counted for their heritage
and convictions. Abiding faith in the
sacredness of States Rights provided
their creed. Here many earned
eternal glory.
 

Detail from the State of South Carolina monument at Gettysburg

Detail from the shaft of the monument

From the lower left of the front of the monument:

First Army Corps, Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet;
McLaws Division, Kershaw’s Brigade,
Brig. Gen. J.B. Kershaw;
2nd South Carolina Infantry
3rd South Carolina Infantry
7th South Carolina Infantry
8th South Carolina Infantry
15th South Carolina Infantry
3rd South Carolina Battalion

Hood’s Division Artillery;
German Artillery, Palmetto Light Artillery
Artillery Reserve
Alexander’s Battalion, Brooks Artillery

From the lower right of the front of the monument:

Third Army Corps, Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill,
Pender’s Division, Lane’s Brigade
1st (PA) South Carolina Infantry
1st South Carolina Rifles
12th South Carolina Infantry
13th South Carolina Infantry
14th South Carolina Infantry
Artillery Reserve
Pegram’s Battery, Pee Dee Artillery

Cavalry, Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart;
Hampton’s Brigade, Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton;
1st South Carolina Cavalry
2nd South Carolina Cavalry
Stuart Horse Artillery, Hart’s Artillery

At the base of the front of the monument is a line from “Ode at Magnolia Cemetery” by Henry Timrod, the “Poet Laureate of the Confederacy,”

There is no holier spot of ground than where defeated valor lies, by mourning beauty crowned.”

Detail from the State of South Carolina monument at Gettysburg

Detail from the State of South Carolina monument at Gettysburg

State of South Carolina monument on the Gettysburg battlefield