(North face)In Memory
of the sons of Charleston
fell around her walls;
sleep on many battlefields
Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and
lie in distant graves around
their Northern prisons.
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These died for their State
Testimonial of Ladies Memorial Association
to its founder and first president
We chant no requiem where she's sleeping nor cry "Alas!"
with sorrow's breath, we send our triumph song to heaven,
and this its music - faithful unto death.E. B. Cheesborough
Designed by James G. Holmes
(Smaller plaque on front of base, beneath a palm branch:) Wade Hampton
(On smallest plaque on front of base:) Heath & Roberts
The Confederate States of America: 22 February 1869 * Deo Vindice *
preserves the memory
every part of Carolina,
her sister states of the South,
in the defence (sic) of this city.
In proud and grateful remembrance
of their devotion, constancy and valour;
who against overwhelming odds
by sea and by land
kept Charleston virgin and invincible
to the last Founder's mark appears.
(On medallion:) Sumter