William H WallaceHome State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 18th South Carolina Infantry
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was occupied as planter in Union county until 1857, when he became the proprietor of the Union Times newspaper, and in 1859 began the practice of law at Union.
When SC seceeded, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Eighteenth South Carolina volunteers. A few days later he was appointed adjutant of the regiment by Col. James M. Gadberry, who was killed at Second Manassas. Before going into the field the regiment was reorganized, and Wallace was elected lieutenant-colonel in May, 1861. The regiment was ordered into Virginia in time to engage the enemy near Malvern Hill in August, after which it fought at the battle of Second Manassas, losing about half its number in battle, including the Colonel Gadberry. Wallace was at once promoted colonel.
The remainder of the War:
He was given Brigade command after death of BGen S Elliot in July 1864, and was promoted to Brigadier General in September 1864 . He led the Brigade through to Appomattox in April 1865.
After the War:
After his parole he devoted himself to the practice of the law, the care of his plantation and the restoration of good government in the State. He was one of the few Democrats elected to the legislature in 1872, and was re-elected in 1874 and 1876. In 1877 he was chosen judge of the Seventh circuit, a position in which he continued to serve with honor and ability until 1893, when he retired from public life.
More on the Web:
See a contemporary biography from the South Carolina Civil War site, source for some material quoted above.
|Birth Date: 3/24/1827 Place of Birth: Laurens County, SC |
College: South Carolina College Graduating Year: 1849
Death Date: 3/21/1901 Death Place: Union, SC
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