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General Thomas Sumter's Memorial a tiny honor to Revolutionary hero

General Thomas Sumter's Memorial a tiny honor to Revolutionary hero

by Christian Michael

March 18, 2019

Known as "The Gamecock" for his relentless fighting style, Gen. Thomas Sumter served as a leader, general, planter and politician. A local and national hero, his cemetery in Sumter, South Carolina, is rather small and quiet. Though due for an upgrade, its current state seems more fit for a mere local person of interest rather than a Revolutionary War general.

Following road signs and Google, I found the memorial at the end of a small neighborhood northwest of Shaw Air Force Base. Surrounded by both chain-link and split-rail fences, the property is a few acres around. Heavy trees outside the perimeter lean inward toward a small building and a few grave sites. Though the memorial seems dedicated to the small brick building, the general's grave actually sits behind it beneath a heavy granite stone carved with his name and other text.

Other graves, I can only assume, are family members down the line years later who were buried alongside their famous ancestor.

Alongside a few small informational panels to detail who was buried there, the graves and a small bench circle is all that comprise the memorial, itself. It doesn't take long to see and, unless you're deep into Revolutionary or South Carolinian history, your visit might last only about twenty minutes. It is rather peaceful, though. I'm glad I went, but I won't soon return.



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