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Confederate (CSV)


James Anthony Foster


(1843 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Enlisted 19 June 1862 from Spartanburg District in Company K, Third Infantry and was appointed 4th Corporal, giving his age as 20. He had briefly served in the 13th South Carolina Infantry and transferred to the Third and his brother (then First Lieutenant) Lewis Perrin Foster's Company. His father, Barham Bobo Foster had been Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment up to the Spring of 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 13 September 1862 on Maryland Heights near Harpers Ferry.

The rest of the War

Originally buried on the battlefield, later reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery, in Richmond, VA, finally in the family plot.

References & notes

Basic information from Salley1,2. Further details from John Belton O'Neall Landrum's History of Spartanburg County (Atlanta: Franklin Printing and Publishing, 1900), pp. 436-437. His brother Lewis Perrin Foster was killed in action at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862.

More on the Web

Much more about the Foster family and wartime experiences is available in A. Gilbert Kennedy's A South Carolina Upcountry Saga: The Civil War Letters of Barham Bobo Foster and His Family, 1860-1863 (2019) [see also Drew Wagenhoffer's CWBA review].




09/13/1862 Maryland Heights, MD; burial in Foster Family Cemetery, Spartanburg, SC


1   Salley, Alexander S., Jr., editor, Tentative Roster of the Third Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States Provisional Army, Columbia: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1908, pp. 117 - 125  [AotW citation 12912]

2   Salley, Alexander S., Jr., compiler, South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, 3 vols., Columbia: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1913-1930, Vol. 2, pg. 546, 551  [AotW citation 12937]