A House in Mourning: Death of a Soldier

A House in Mourning: Death of a Soldier (HM1BZY)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.304', W 79° 55.683'

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Edmondston-Alston House

To the Memory of
Lieut. John Julius Pringle Alston
1st Lieutenant
South Carolina Artillery
Born in Charleston
December 4, 1836
Died in Greenville
September 20, 1863 of Typhoid
Contracted in the defense of his State
At Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner

Whilst his father was raising him in his bed, he said calmly "I am dying." His father asked him if he wished his mother to pray for him at his bedside. He answered "Yes." After joining with us in our prayers for him, he invoked God's blessing on us, & in a few hours breathed no more. Our state has lost an efficient soldier & a mother a beloved son. And my dear sister, I have another, exposed to all the hardships & dangers of this destructive war. My God Almighty protect him & enable him to return to his home, in health & safety. — Emma Pringle Alston, his mother, Winter 1863
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600396 N 3626490
Decimal Degrees32.77173333, -79.92805000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.304', W 79° 55.683'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 18.24" N, 79° 55' 40.98" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21 E Battery, Charleston SC 29401, US
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