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Confederate (CSA)

Colonel

William Davie DeSaussure

(1819 - 1863)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: South Carolina College

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Possibly member of the 1st SC Regiment of Foot (Militia?), listed as Captain Palmetto Regiment, SC Vols (Mexican War service?) in 1846, mustered out June 1848. Commissioned Capt in US 1st Cavalry in March 1855, saw service in the West. He resigned his US Army commission to go South 01 Mar 1861.

He was probably also a lawyer and politician, having served in the South Carolina Legislature.

The rest of the War

He was killed in action at Gettysburg, near the Rose House, on 2 July 1863.

References & notes

note on US Army service and resignation : Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789 - 1903 (Heitmann)

More on the Web

Some unverified data in a family tree online, and see also synopsis of service of the 15th SC Regiment

Birth

12/12/1819; Columbia (?), SC

Death

7/2/1863 Gettysburg, PA; burial in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Columbia, SC