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Memories of the Confederate State

The inscription below indicates some of the reasons that we, sons and daughters, of the South, are obligated to remember our heroic ancestors.

History of Anderson County (S.C.) by Louise Ayer Vandiver
Ruralist Press, Publishers, Atlanta, Georgia 1928
Copyright 1928, The Anderson Daily Independent
Inscription on the Confederate Monument at the S.C. State Capitol, (Page 265)

"This Monument Perpetuates the Memory
Of those who,
True to the instincts of their birth,
Faithful to the teaching of the fathers,
Constant in their love for the State,
Died in the performance of their duty;
Have glorified a fallen cause,
By the simple manhood of their lives
And the Heroism of Death;
And Who,
In the dark hours of imprisonment,
In the hopelessness of the hospital,
In the short sharp agony of the field,
Found support and consolation
In the belief
That at home they would not be forgotten.
Let the stranger
Who may in future times
Read this inscription
Recognize that these were men
Whom power could not corrupt,
Whom death could not terrify,
Whom defeat could not dishonor,
And let their virtues plead
For just judgment
Of the cause in which they perished.
Let the South Carolinians
Of another generation
That the State taught them
How to live, and how to die,
And that from her broken fortunes
She has preserved for her children
The priceless treasure of these memories,
Teaching all who may claim
That same Birthright
That truth, courage and patriotism
Endure Forever."