With more and more politicians condemning the Confederate battle flag, we probably won’t see that lasting image of American racial strife being flown on the state capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, for much longer.
Once the flag is down, maybe the state can take a look at the University of South Carolina—specifically, the Wade Hampton residence hall. The building is named after a former Civil War general, governor, and senator, whose Red Shirts supporters terrorized black South Carolinians to keep them from voting.
Also check out the multiple South Carolina high schools, cities, and roads named in his honor.
The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but physical signs of its presence are seen all over the South: monuments, courthouses, schools, cities, counties. They can even be found in places you wouldn’t expect, as far afield as Ridgefield, Washington, or Helena, Montana.
We pulled together all the mentions we could find of monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders off Wikipedia and created the map below. The highlighted regions are the former Confederate States of America.
The map is by no means scientific or comprehensive, and only uses sites named on Wikipedia, and does not include cemeteries or battlefield memorial sites.
If you know of any public locations marking the Confederate legacy that are not listed on this map, please fill out this form or leave a comment with the information. We’ll update this document with verified additions as we receive them.