Robert Henry Jennings(1839 - 1915)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A married 22 year old blacksmith, he enlisted in the Richland Guards, 14th South Carolina Infantry Regiment inn April 1861, and served on Morris Island to June 1861. He then re-enlisted, in the 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 6 February 1862 in Columbia, SC. He was assigned as a Musician on 1 April 1862, but elected 3rd Lieutenant on 1 May.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was captured on 14 September 1862 in action at Fox's Gap, and promoted 2nd Lieutenant to date from that day.
The remainder of the War:
Held at Fort Delaware, he was sent to Aikens Landing, VA and exchanged on 2 October 1862. He was furloughed home and returned to his Company on 16 November 1862. Promoted to First Lieutenant on 24 June 1863 and slightly wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was again wounded, in the leg in action at Chickamauga, GA on 20 September 1863, and at New Market Heights (?), VA 24 July 1864. He was in Jackson Hospital in Richmond, VA and had his left arm amputated. He applied for retirement for disability on 29 June 1864 and was furloughed home.
After the War:
He was tax collector for Fairfield County, SC (1866-68), Treasurer and Clerk of Court (1888-1900), and elected SC State Treasurer in 1900.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Davis1.
|Birth Date: 02/06/1839 |
Death Date: 05/26/1915 Burial Place: Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Fairfield County, 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 15995]
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