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8th Annual Wade Hampton Memorial Service

by Col. Robert Slimp

The eighth annual Wade Hampton Memorial Service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in the Keenan Chapel.

Dr. David Aiken of Charleston, who is a tenured professor of English at the Citadel in Charleston will speak on “ Wade Hampton’s civilizing influence.”

Dr. Aiken is a nationally known authority on the works of William Gilmore Simms and has written several books on the War Between the States including the Burning and Sack of Columbia. The observance is sponsored by the Wade Hampton Camp, No. 273, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Also participating in the program will be some Hampton descendants, and Maplewood, a band directed by Don Jones. There will be a number of ladies from the Order of the Confederate Rose dressed is mourning clothes and other ladies in period costumes.

A hymn well known to Confederate soldiers will be sung, plus a verse or two of the original words of “Dixie.”

Following the Chapel Observance, participants will visit the grave of Lt. General Wade Hampton, and then proceed to the State House grounds where a ceremony will be held at the Equestrian statue of Hampton. This ceremony will consist of both a rifle and an artillery salute and the sounding of Taps and tattoo.

Kirkman Finlay, a direct Hampton descendent, has issued an invitation, if the weather permits, to visit the ruins of the Hampton Plantation home at Millwood. Before it was burned by General Sherman, Millwood was considered one of the most magnificent mansions in the entire South. Today six Corinthian columns remain.

The public is invited to come and be a part of this tribute to a great South Carolinian of his era, which included not only the war, but also serving South Carolina as governor and two terms as United States Senator following the war.