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Civil War Symposium 2001

Welcome to Greenville, South Carolina

Mac Wyckoff, Jim Clary, Dee Stone and all the others involved in the development of this years event, would like to welcome you to Greenville, for the Civil War Writers Symposium of 2001. Greenville is a beautiful city located at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. Its history is both wonderful and diverse. Supporting both avid unionist and staunch secession men during the War Between the States, it was also the home to the State Works and other industry. What follows is a preview of some the locations that we will visit this year.

The Greenville Women's Club

Bennett Street

The Greenville Women's Club will be the site of our reception on the evening of Friday, September 14, 2001. The Fountain Fox Beattie house, built in 1834, first stood a few blocks south of its current location on East North St. It was built by Fountain Fox Beattie (1807-1863), a textile merchant, for his new wife, Emily Edgeworth Hamlin. Their son, Hamlin Beattie (1835-1914), founded the National Bank of Greenville in 1872, and added the wings and the Italianate ornamentation. The property remained in the Beattie family until 1946 when the city bought the property to widen Church Street. When the house was moved to Beattie place in 1948 it was leased to the women’s organizations of Greenville. The Greenville Women’s Club officially opened in 1949. The house was moved a second time in 1983 to make room for downtown expansion. To reach the Women’s Club from the Hyatt, proceed north on Main to Park Street. Turn right on Park Street, proceed to Bennett Street, and turn left on Bennett. The gated entrance to the Women’s Club will be on your right less than a block from the intersection of Bennett and Park. There is also a Church Street entrance that is somewhat difficult to use.

Springwood Cemetery

Main Street

Springwood Cemetery is Greenville’s main cemetery, and it is home to many of Greenville’s leaders. For those interested in the Confederacy and the reconstruction in Greenville County, you will find a wide range of political and military leaders interred at Springwood. C.J Elford, the publisher and first commander of the 16th Regiment, is found in Section A. W.L Mauldin, a Sergeant in Company A of the Sixteenth who would become a major leader of Hampton’s Redshirt movement, is also found in Section A. Captain P.D. Gilreath, the famous high sheriff, is located in Section F. As one enters through the main gate one notices the large number of unknown confederate soldiers. These men died either in the hospital located on the green at what is now the Art Museum and Public Library or in transit on the railroad. Some would live through the war never to reach home.

 

Confederate Memorial

Main Street

Located just outside of Springwood, the Confederate Monument is the site of the annual Confederate Memorial Service. The park houses monuments to those who signed the Ordinance of Secession, The State Works in Greenville, and General Robert E. Lee. There is also a monument to Kershaw’s Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia. Kershaw’s men were present at most of the major engagements of Lee’s Army and served in a most remarkable fashion. Company B, Second South Carolina, Greenville’s Butler Guard was a part of this famed brigade.

Christ Church Episcopal Churchyard

Church Street

Christ Church is one of the most noted, and certainly one of the most beautiful churches in Greenville. The church began in 1820 as St. James’ Mission Church on land given by Vardry McBee. The present church was built circa 1853. History records that the architect was the Rev. John D. McCollough and that he used plans drawn by Joel R. Poinsett. Bishop Thomas Davis consecrated the church in 1854. The beautiful grounds and well kept cemetery, now host in restful sleep, some of the most outstanding minds produced by the city of Greenville. No person associated with this church is better remembered than the son of a Methodist Bishop who became a Confederate General and later an Episcopal Bishop. Ellison Capers is always present in spirit, and in fact, wherever you venture on the grounds of Christ Church.

Ellison Capers Stained Glass Memorial

Ellison Capers was one of the most remarkable men forged in the furnace of the War Between the States. Profoundly moved by his experiences in that war. Capers dedicated his life after the war to Christian Service. It was here at Christ Church that he spent many of his post-war years. The Bishop Capers stained glass window speaks most profoundly of his service to both this parish and as Bishop of South Carolina.

The Sixteenth Museum

The 16th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History is owned and operated by the 16th Regiment, South Carolina, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #36. The Museum is dedicated to the two hundred and fifty thousand gallant Confederate Soldiers killed during the War Between the States, and in honor of all Confederate Soldiers who answered the call to duty.

Membership is available at the twenty-five Dollar level and the Sixteenth Museum is a non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

16th Regiment S.C. Volunteers
Museum of Confederate History
15 Boyce Avenue
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
864-421-9039

Mac Wyckoff's Civil War Index

Registration for 2001 Symposium

Sixteenth South Carolina

Located at the heart of the Charlotte/Atlanta Industrial Corridor, Greenville has become a symbol of the modern south and an international business center. Long noted as the gateway to the Blue Ridge, Greenville today is a diverse city on the move. The Greenville Hyatt Regency is a world class facility noted for hosting such international business giants as Michelin, BMW and their subsidiaries. The Hyatt is to be found at the center of a revitalized downtown that features fine dining, fine entertainment, and fine shopping. We are pleased to be able to offer an experience that can and will involve your entire family.

 

Driving Directions in Greenville From the Hyatt-Regency

 

The Greenville Women's Club

To reach the Women’s Club from the Hyatt proceed north on Main to Park Street. Turn right on Park Street proceed to Bennett Street and turn left on Bennett. The gated entrance to the Women’s Club will be on your right less than a block from the intersection of Bennett and Park. There is also a Church Street entrance that is somewhat difficult to use.

Springwood Cemetery

Springwood is located across the street from the Hyatt.

Christ Church Episcopal

Proceed south on Main Street and turn left on East North Street. Christ Church is located at the corner of East North and Church Street. Proceed one block beyond the intersection of Church Street and East North Street, turn right by the bank. At the rear of the bank and in the bank lot you will find parking for the rear entrance into the churchyard. You may wish to turn right on Church and take an immediate left on East Washington to reach the larger parking lot at the Washington St. entrance.

The Sixteenth S.C.V Museum

Proceed south on Main Street and turn left on East North Street. Cross Church Street and move to your right lane. Boyce Street is the last Street to the right before you reach Interstate 385. Turn right on Boyce and proceed to the museum, which will be located on your right.

Other points of interest:

Poinsett Bridge

Located in Northern Greenville County

A beautiful drive on Highway 25, north toward Hendersonville. When you cross Highway 11 watch for directional signs to your right. As you pass North Fork Baptist you might wish to stop and go up into the churchyard for a beautiful view. Another beautiful panorama of the mountains maybe found at Lima Church near the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 11. Turn left on Highway 11 and cross the bridge over 25. The left turn to Lima is just across the bridge.

Fairview Presbyterian Church

Located in Southern Greenville County

Proceed south on 385 and cross Interstate 85. Continuing south your will come to the Fairview Rd exit in Simpsonville. Follow the ramp and turn left on Fairview Road moving away from Simpsonville. Look for the signs directing you to turn left after several miles. Fairview is virtually untouched and is one of the churchyards where elements of the Hampton Legion gathered to go to war.