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Confederate (CSV)


Lipman George Balle

(1839 - 1912)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He immigrated to New York City in 1857 and learned the trade of tailor. He moved to the Laurens District, SC in 1860. An unmarried 22 year old tailor in Laurens, he enlisted in Company D, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 1 December 1861 in Columbia, SC. In March 1862 he was on detached duty making uniforms. He was wounded in action at Second Manassas, VA on 20 August 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
One of 13 soldiers in the Battalion present at Sharpsburg.

The remainder of the War:
Wounded again, slightly, in action at Chickamauga, GA on 20 September 1863. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Department 30 April 1864. Paroled at Greensboro, SC on 2 May 1865 as Private, Company E, 3rd South Carolina Infantry.

After the War:
He was a tailor, farmer and in mercantile business in Laurens, and Treasurer of the County 1889-1906.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1. His gravesite is on Findagrave, also source of a good post-War photo of him. A post-Gettysburg diary of his is at the University of South Carolina, Columbia [via worldcat]. Family lore says that diary saved him by absorbing most of the energy of a bullet, probably at Chickamauga, where the diary entries stop.

Birth Date: 07/29/1839    Place of Birth: Ryezywell, PRUSSIA    
Death Date: 02/06/1912    Burial Place: City Cemetery, Laurens, SC


1   Davis, Sam B., A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865 , Wilmington (NC): Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2009, pp. 68-71, Roster  [AotW citation 15930]

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