Stephen A. Swails House

Stephen A. Swails House (HMIL1)

Location: Kingstree, SC 29556 Williamsburg County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.921', W 79° 49.446'

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Stephen Atkins Swails (1832-1900), U.S. Army officer and state senator, lived in a house on this site 1868-79. Swails, a free black from Pennsylvania, came to S.C. in 1863 as a 1st Sgt. in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers (Colored), the first black regiment organized in the North during the Civil War. He was wounded twice and was commissioned 2nd lt. by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew in early 1864.

Swails, one of only about 100 black officers during the Civil War, was promoted to 1st lt. in 1865. Afterwards he was an agent for the Freedmen's Bureau and practiced law in Kingstree. He was a state senator 1868-78 and served three terms as president pro tem. Swails was also intendant of Kingstree 1873-77 and edited the Williamsburg Republican. He is buried in the Friendly Society Cemetery in Charleston.
HM NumberHMIL1
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Williamsburg County Historical Society series
Marker Number45-12
Year Placed1998
Placed ByWilliamsburg Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 1:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 609018 N 3725671
Decimal Degrees33.66535000, -79.82410000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.921', W 79° 49.446'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 55.26" N, 79° 49' 26.76" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 325-399 E Main St, Kingstree SC 29556, US
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