Richland County, South Carolina
This is a listing of the various Monuments & Memorials located within Richland County, South Carolina, the listing is done by City. If you are aware of any monuments located in the County that do not appear on this website please notify me, and if you are willing send the information so that it may be added to this listing.
- Captured Spanish American War Cannon Base Monument, South Carolina Statehouse
This monument originally held a Captured Spanish Cannon that had been removed by the United States Government from Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish American, 1898 to 1902. In 1942 the Cannon was donated to the War Effort of World War II. The Monument was removed from the Statehouse Grounds in the 1990's during the Renovation of the Statehouse and was not returned until 2006, through the efforts of the Micah J. Jenkins Camp No. 164, Sons of Spanish American War Veterans. The Plaqure on the Monument reads: "Cannon Captured at Santiago, Cuba, Spanish American War, 1898, Presented to the City of Columbia, S.C., By The United States."
- Confederate Monument, Elmwood Cemetery, Confederate Section
This Monument is located in the Confederate Section of Elmwood Cemetery. The monument has several names of Soldiers on it who are buried in Elmwood Cemetery but exactly where is unknown. The inscription at the bottom of the monument reads as follow: "This Memorial is Dedicated to the Confederate Soldiers buried in Unmarked Graves in this Cemetery, some known by name, others by initials, Twenty Five known but to God."
- Confederate Monument [Second], Elmwood Cemetery, Confederate Section
This Monument is located in the Confederate Section of Elmwood Cemetery.
- Confederate Veterans Monument, Elmwood Cemetery, Confederate Section
This Monument is located directly beside the Confederate Soldiers Section of Elmwood Cemetery.
- Confederate Monument, First Presbyterian Churchyard
In the Churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia is a Column from the South Carolina Statehouse, that was damaged in February of 1865 when Major General William T. Sherman's Union Army bombarded the City of Columbia. This Column was later removed from the Statehouse and a plaque was placed on it at the First Presbyterian Church for the members of that church that served in the American Civil War. The Plauqe reads as follows: "Men who served in the Confederate States Army from the Congreation of the First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, 1861-1865. Dedicated in Pride to those who Died; In Gratitude to those who served. *Robert C. Beck, Charles C. Beck, *Josiah Beden, *C.C. Brice, John Brice, *S.C. Burkett, *DeSaussure Burroughs, James Cathcart, William J. Cathcart, *Robert Crawford, *William Crawford, Andrew Oates, Douglas DeSaussure, *William DeSaussure - Colonel, *William Elkins, Albert Elmore, Frank H. Elmore, *Frank English, George Howe, *William Howe, *Arthur Kennedy, *Robert Kenedy, James P. MaCre - Captain, John Matthews, Jonathan Maxcy, *W. Ashley Maxcy, * James McDonald, *George McKenzie, Frank L. McKenzie, *James McMahan, Fitz Wm. McMaster - Colonel, *Beverly W. Meas, Arthur C. Moore, *J.R. Moore, *William Moore, James M. Mooris, Shannon Morrison, Henry D. Muller, F. Belton Orchard, Henry M. Orchard, *James D. Owens, Benjamin M. Palmer - D.D., William D. Peck - Major; John T. Rhett - Lt. Colonel, James R. Scott, John Scott, *Thornwell Scott, William Scott, James Sloan, John C.B. Smith - Colonel, John C. Suber, William R. Suber, B. Frazer Subert, Lamar Stark, Eben Stenhouse, GEorge Taylor, *James H. Taylor, Lawrence W. Taylor, William A. Taylor, *Gillespie Thornwell, James H. Thornwell, Charles S. Venable - Colonel, James Woodrow, Ph D. * * * * * * * * * * * * * Died in Service * * * * * * * * * * * * * Members of the Congregation after 1865, who served in the Confederate Army. Alexander R. Banks, William E. Boggs - Chaplain, John W. Brinson - Chaplain, David Cardwell, Washington A. Clarke, John O.M. Clarkson, William L. Duffie, David R. Flennikey, J. William Flinky, John L. Girardeua - Chaplina, John H. Kinard, Robert G. Lamar - Colonel, William B. Lowrance - Captain, Rufus N. Lowrance - Major, Preston A. Lorick, Joseph B. ___ - Chaplain, Luthur _____ - ____, Issac H. Means - Colonel, Thomas T. Moore, Richard O'Neale, Wesley E. S_____, William Wallace - Colonel."
- Confederate Monument, South Carolina Statehouse, along Gervais Street
- Gun From the "U.S.S. Maine", South Carolina Statehouse, along Gervais Street
This is an 1894 6 Pounder Mark III rapid fire Gun from the U.S.S. Maine which was sunk in Cuba in February of 1898, and lead to the outbreak of the Spanish American War. This was one of seven of these guns from the "Maine", and was recovered from the wreck of the Ship and given to the State of South Carolina. The plaque on the front of the Gun reads: "This Gun Came off The Battleship Maine The Sinking of the Maine Resulted in the Spanish American War, 1898"
- The Hiker Monument, South Carolina Statehouse, along Gervais Street
This Monument was dedicated at the South Carolina Statehouse in October of 1941 by the Department of South Carolina, United Spanish War Veterans. The plaques on the monument are as follows:
Front: Official Symbol of the United Spanish War Veterans
Left: "Remeber the Maine". - "Fire When you are Ready, Gridley" Dewey at Manila, U.S.S. Olympia. "Don't Cheer Boys, The Poor Devils are Dying." Captain Phillips, U.S.S. Texas, at Santiago."
Right: "South Carolina Troops in the Spanish American War, First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, Second South Carolina Volunteer Infantry, Anderson's Battery Heavy Artillery, South Carolina Naval Militia. South Carolinians who Volunteered for the Yellow Fever Test in Cuba were honored by the United States Congress with a Special Gold Medal and a Lifetime Pensions, Tech Sgt. Levi E. Folk, Newberry; Pvt. James L. Hanneberry, Orangeburg; Pvt. Charles G. Sontag, Columbia."
Back: "Erected by the State of South Carolina and her Citizens to Honor the Memory of Her Sons who served in the War With Spain, The Philippine Insurrection, and the China Relief Expedition, 1898 - 1902. Dedicated October 22nd, 1941, by the Department of South Carolina, United Spanish War Veterans."
- Wade Hampton Monument, South Carolina Statehouse
- World War I Monument, Olympia Mill
- World War I Monument, Veteran Park
This Monument is located in the Veterans Park along Hampton Street. The Monument is very elaborate and recreates a Soldier coming out of his trenches. It has three plaques along the inside of the Trench, and one marker outside in front of the Monument. The Monument was dedicated at the site in November of 2002. The Plaques read as follows:
Front Marker: "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" E.M. Viquesney; World War I was largely fought in trenches six feet deep along the Western Front which extended nearly four hundered miles, from Northern France to the French-Swiss Border. Enemy trenches were close by and separated from allied positions by barded wire and open fields. By Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, the American forces commanded eighty-three miles of the Western Front, more than the Belgian, British, and British Commonwealth Forces. The American Doughboys arrived in 1917 shouting, "Lafayette, we are here!" and their heroic contributions to the allied effort helped win the Great War. Dedicated November 11, 2002; Santee Cooper, City of Columbia, SCANA, John and Anne Rainey, NBSC, Allen Marshall, Wachovia, Julia and Charles T. Ferillo Jr., Bank of American, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of S.C."
Left Plaque: "Lafayette, we are here!" The first American troops in World War I arrived in France in June, 1917. Under the command of General John J. Pershing, they were officially called the American Expeditionary Force, but they were nicknamed and known evermore as the Doughboys of the Great War. "The American Soldiers were superb. That is a fact which is acknowledged, not only by their friends and British commander, but by their enemies as well. There were no braver or more fearless men in any army..." David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister.
Center Plaque: "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" Original sculpture by E.M. Viquesney, Reproduced by Frank Colson; The creation of E.M. Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana (1876-1946), this sculpture is a representation of and tribute to the veterans of the American Expeditionary Force who served in World War I. This statue was reproduced from molds of the original work and erected on November 11, 2002, on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina in memory of the 64,739 South Carolinians who served and the 2,085 who were killed in action or died of diseases or other causes during the Great War. "Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking, Dream of battlefields no more, Days of danger, nights of waking." - Sir Walter Scott."
Right Plaque: "The Yanks Are Coming. Over there, over there, Send the word, send the word over there - That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming... So prepare, say a pray'r, Send the word, sent the word to beward, We'll be over, we're coming over, And we won't come back till it's over, Over There. "Over Thre" George M. Cohan, 1917. American composer and producer George M. Cohan's song "Over There" inspired Americans at home and abroad in the Great War. For his musicial contribution to the war effort, Cohan was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor."
- Town of Irmo Historical Marker, located on Woodrow Street in front of the Irmo Town Hall