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R.S. Dunlap
R.S. Dunlap

Confederate (CSV)


Richard Simpson Dunlap

(1830 - 1879)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He lived in Choctaw County, MS from about the ages of 10 to 15, but otherwise was raised and lived in Laurens County, SC. He graduated in 1855 from Erskine College, then attended Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia (but may not have graduated). He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion on 5 December 1861 in Columbia, SC at age 31. He was Corporal by February 1862, commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 28 April at the reorganization, and First Lieutenant 20 May.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was acting battalion Quartermaster in Maryland. On the night of 14-15 September Colonel Benjamin "Grimes" Davis' federal cavalry troopers had broken out of Harpers Ferry and, enroute Hagerstown, attacked a portion of Longstreet's supply train of some 500 wagons, then heading for Shepherdstown, VA. Among these were 14 of Drayton's Brigade. Hearing noise ahead of the train, Lieutenant Dunlap rode out to see what it was.
... the first salutation I had was a pistol ball whizzing by my head. I immediately turned and left, with the Yankees in close pursuit. I reached the wagons and ordered the teamsters to unhitch and fly, but it was too late, as the Yankees were around us. It was here that [Ordnance Sergeant] Andrew Davis was taken. I only escaped by the fleetness of my little black [horse].
His brother James H. Dunlap, First Lieutenant, Company F, 14th South Carolina Infantry was killed in action at Boteler's Ford just a few days later, on 20 September.

The remainder of the War:
He passed the examination to be Assistant Surgeon, CSA, on 2 April 1863 and was commissioned as such on 11 June 1863. He was transferred to the 8th South Carolina Infantry, and assigned to a hospital in Bristol, TN on 8 July 1864. He rejoined the 3rd Battalion, date not given, and was paroled at Greensboro, NC as Assistant Surgeon, 3rd South Carolina Infantry Regiment on 2 May 1865.

After the War:
He practiced medicine and farmed in Laurens County, and died fairly young, of pneumonia, at age 48.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information and the quote above from Davis1. His picture from a photograph courtesy R. Thornwell Dunlap, Greenwood, SC, published by Davis. His gravesite, along with a fine bio sketch, is on Findagrave.

More on the Web:
For more on the cavalry breakout from Harpers Ferry, see a post at behind AotW which also links to an excellent series from Don Caughey at Crossed Sabres.

Birth Date: 05/20/1830    Place of Birth: Laurens District, SC    
College: Erskine College (1855); Jefferson Medical College    
Death Date: 02/28/1879    Death Place: Clinton, SC    Burial Place: Dunlap family cemetery, Clinton, 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. 107, 372-373  [AotW citation 16071]

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