This cemetery is a non-publicly owned burial grounds supported by the donations of descendants of those buried here. The Confederate monument contains a tribute to "Our Confederate Dead" by Judge I.D. Witherspoon. The cemetery began in 1829 was built on the site of the Independent Presbyterian Church and is the resting place of many prominent South Carolina statesmen. Two prominent York residents buried in the cemetery are Asbury Coward, co-founder of the Kings Mountain Military Academy and Dr. J. Rufus Bratton, head surgeon of the Confederate Hospitals in Georgia. At least eight Union soldiers of the 7th Cavalry and 18th infantry, quartered in York as the Army of Occupation during Reconstruction, are buried in the southeast corner of the cemetery.