The Ladies Memorial Association of Charleston was formed in 1866. Its primary object was to care for the graves of the Confederate dead who were buried in Magnolia Cemetery and to erect a suitable monument to their memory. Our dead who fell at Gettysburg early attracted the attention of the Association, as thier graves were regarded as those of rebels and traitors.
Dr. Weaver, a Gettysburg gentleman, had taken such notes of the interment of those who fell on that field, as well as of those who subsequently died in the hospitals, that the graves could be identified.
After overcoming the difficulties of recovering the bodies from both private and public land, they were sent to Baltimore, where Messrs. Mordecai & Co., agents for a line of steamships between that city and Charleston, gave the boxes containing the bodies free transportation. It was deemed advisable at Baltimore to place the bodies on the steamer secretly at night out of respect for the superstitions of the sailors.
The remains of eighty-four bodies were buried in Magnolia Cemetery on May 10, 1871. It was on this occasion that Rev. Dr. J. L. Girardeau delivered his memorable address- "Here let men who never surrendered except to death, find a fitting resting place - in a spot overlooking the waters which were never parted by a hostile keel so long as an artilleryman remained with his portfire behind the guns which guarded them. And yonder battered and ragged fortress which though often assaulted was never carried by storm. Here let them sleep with those who never looked upon a conqueror's flag floating over the citadels of a Sovereign State, but closed their eyes upon a still free and defiant commonwealth. Shoulder to shoulder they stood: now let them lie side by side. Confederates in life, Confederates let them be in death. His complete address is attached.
I have taken the list originally published in the Charleston paper and attempted to more completely idenitify these men. With the benefit of the research done on this battle and our units that took the brunt of the losses, I have been able to bring a little more data to bear, including properly identification of several men who served in the 3rd Battalion not the 3rd Regiment.
I have attached the list of those re-intered in 2 different formats: The first is by Original Burial Location and another view of the same data in Sequenced by Name
If you have any information about these troops or these units, please