Monday, July 23, 2012

General Maxcy Gregg birthplace marker; Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina is filled with history at every turn. Historic markers are found all over town. The General Maxcy Gregg birthplace marker is one example. It's on Senate Street and is close Trinity Episcopal Church and other historic markers.

Getting to the General Maxcy Gregg birthplace is easy. If you are heading east on Gervais Street go past Main Street, turn right onto Sumter and then left onto Senate Street. The marker is about a block ahead and on the right.

Maxcy Gregg is best known as a Confederate Brigadier General during the Civil War. He was also a lawyer and he served in the 12th US infantry during the Mexican-American war.

During the Civil War, General Maxcy Gregg organized the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, fought in several major battles and died two days after being shot during the battle Fredricksburg, Virginia. The body of General Maxcy Gregg is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia.

This historic marker is all that remains of his home. There isn't much to see here except the marker. Street parking is available.

Other markers that are within a brief drive include:
Confederate Printing Plant
Sherman's Headquarters; Clarion Hotel in Columbia, SC