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Confederate Memorial Day remembered in Camden

Posted: June 6, 2014 2:36 p.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The John D. Kennedy Chapter 308, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and Joseph B. Kershaw Camp 82, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) sponsored an observance of Confederate Memorial Day on May 10 at Monument Square in Camden. The guest speaker was Jack Marlar, SCV, Fountain Inn.

Camden’s Confederate Monument was unveiled on June 20, 1883. It was erected by the Women of Kershaw County, then known as the "Ladies Monument Association," organized in 1872. The cornerstone was laid on Memorial Day, May 10, 1883, by Most Worshipful Grand Master John D. Kennedy. The same trowel used to lay the cornerstone of the DeKalb Monument in 1872 was used. The monument first stood in the center of Broad and Laurens streets, but later was moved to Monument Square.

In 1983, the Camden Confederate Monument became 100 years old. Then, as in 2014, Marlar of the South Carolina Division of the SCV was present. From an old C-I newspaper dated May 20, 1983, there is a photo of Dan Snipes and Marlar manning the cannon of the Palmetto Light Artillery. Althought they did not fire the cannon, they did demonstrate how it was used.

SCV Commander Albert Hough and UDC President Gayle Breon placed a wreath at the monument. The UDC ladies hosted refreshments following the event.

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