John Wesley Bryant(c. 1827 - 1862)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A married 35 year old from the Laurens District, he enlisted in Company C, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 12 April 1862 at Adams Run, SC.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was captured in action on 14 September 1862 at Fox's Gap.
The remainder of the War:
Held at Fort McHenry, he was sent to Fortress Monroe, VA and exchanged on 20 October 1862. He was killed in action near Fredericksburg, VA on 16 December 1862 by an artillery round that took off half his head, and also wounded his 14 year old son Thomas Prestly Bryant (1848-1900) in the arm. John was shaving and the mirror reflecting the sun made a good target. He continued breathing for 30 minutes after being hit. He left two more sons and 5 daughters.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1. Details from family genealogists.
|Place of Birth: Greenville DIstrict, SC |
Death Date: 12/16/1862 Death Place: Fredericksburg, VA
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 15939]
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