His last words;
“I willingly give my life for South Carolina; Oh that I could have died for Ireland.”
John Mitchell, commander of Confederacy artillery, on Fort Sumter, Charleston harbor. Killed July 20, 1864.
After the southern militia captured Fort Sumter to start the US Civil War they occupied it. Union ships arrived eventually to blockade the city and bombard the fort and town through much of the war.
Below both an Irish flag and CSA iron grave marker can be found.
I have walked past this spot many times but never noticed the shapes marked in stone slabs.
The monument (above) is inside a plot designed to copy the shape of Fort Sumter.
This is close to the Charleston marshlands and you can see the old ‘Receiving Tomb’ in the upper right corner.
Never know what you find on a walk.
Charleston, South Carolina.