Spotsylvania to Dedicate South Carolina Monument

Press Release

Press Release

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park announces the dedication of the McGowan’s South Carolina Brigade Monument at Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. This event will take place on May 9, 2009.
 
The monument is being placed on the battlefield to honor the memory of the brave men from Brigadier General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolina Brigade who fought and died during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in May 1864. The State of South Carolina and the Brigadier General Samuel McGowan Camp #40, Sons of Confederate Veterans are donating the granite memorial to the National Park Service.
 
On Saturday May 9th at 10:30 a.m. a dedication ceremony for the new monument will take place at the “Bloody Angle” on Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. The ceremony, which will include the unveiling of the monument, is open to the public. Gordon C. Rhea, author of numerous books about the Civil War in Virginia, will present the keynote address. Following the ceremony there will be a guided walking tour offered by Mac Wyckoff, a retired park historian and author of books on South Carolina troops in the Civil War. The tour will trace the actions of McGowan’s Brigade at Spotsylvania.
 
Activities will take place at the McGowan’s Brigade Monument site located at the “Bloody Angle”–Tour Stop #3–on the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. Parking will be available along Grant Drive, the park tour road located off Brock Road. Visitors are encouraged to arrive by 10:15 a.m.
 
The McGowan’s Brigade Monument dedication ceremony will take place rain or shine. A tent will be provided at the monument, but cover will be limited.

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