Mary Amarinthia <I>Yates</I> Snowden


Mary Amarinthia Yates Snowden

Death 23 Feb 1898 (aged 78)
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 27458456 View Source

She was born on September 10, 1819 in Charleston, SC to Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Saylor Yates. When she was 18 months old, her father died, and she, her sister, and two brothers, where raised by their strong and financially secure mother. She married Dr. William Snowden in 1857, and they had a son and a daughter. Her husband was killed during the Civil War and she was left a widow at a young age. She supported the Confederate troops by helping to clothe and feed them, and to care of the wounded and dying. After the Battle of Secessionville, the Confederate dead were buried in a section of Magnolia Cemetery. To take care of the Confederate dead, she organized the Ladies' Memorial Association in 1866. Mrs. Snowden and the ladies of the Memorial Association held the first Confederate Memorial Day in Charleston, just one year after the end of the war. She visited many other battlefields and arranged for the removal of the dead. The remains of 84 South Carolina men killed at Gettysburg were reinterred at Magnolia Cemetery, 1871. Plans were made for headstones, with the South Carolina Legislature giving $1,000.00 towards the stones and promised a quantity of granite and marble then lying in Columbia. Before the Ladies' Memorial Association could get the stone to Charleston, the government changed hands into the Reconstruction occupation government. She went to Columbia and came home with enough material to cut more than eight hundred headstones. A granite monument was completed in 1872 and a bronze Confederate soldier was placed on top in 1880. She died in 1898, and many Confederate veterans walked in the procession for her funeral held at the Huguenot Church."

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