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F. W. McMaster

F. W. McMaster

Confederate (CSA)


Fitz William McMaster

(1826 - 1899)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: South Carolina College

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He was commissioned Colonel of the 17th South Carolina Infantry about 1 December 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was tried by a Court Martial in May 1863, charged with cowardice in action at South Mountain - that he "did shamefully leave his regiment whilst engaged with the enemy and ran until out of danger", for failing to maintain good order and discipline, and for various acts stemming from his attempts to have General Nathan Evans removed from command.

After the War

He was an active alumnae at U of SC after the war, he is seen in their bicentennial timeline exhibit at "1882". [The Art School building named for him or his family?]

References & notes

Court Martial details from Proceedings of a General Court Martial, in the trial of Col. F. W. McMaster (1863), online. His gravesite is on Findagrave. A post-war volume called War Talks includes a full-length portrait of the Colonel.


3/26/1826; Winnsboro, SC


9/10/1899 Columbia, SC; burial in First Presbyterian Churchyard Columbia, SC