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D.W. Aiken
D.W. Aiken

Confederate (CSA)


David Wyatt Aiken

(1828 - 1887)
Home State: South Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He taught school for two years, and was "engaged in agricultural pursuits" beginning in 1852. In 1861 he enlisted as a private, was appointed adjutant and later elected Colonel of the Seventh South Carolina Infantry.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg and captured.

The remainder of the War:
He was relieved from service by reason of wounds received on September 17, 1862, at Sharpsburg. He was later a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1864-66.

After the War:
Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1876; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1877-87; was not a candidate for renomination in 1886, being an invalid throughout his last term.

More on the Web:
Photograph above from Dickert1, with bio details from his Congressional Biography2.

Birth Date: 3/17/1828    Place of Birth: Winnsboro, SC    
College: South Carolina University    Graduating Year: 1849    
Death Date: 4/6/1887    Death Place: Cokesbury, SC    Burial Place: Magnolia Cemetery, Greenwood, SC


1   Dickert, D. Augustus, History of Kershaw's Brigade, Newberry (SC): Elbert H. Aull Company, 1899, pg. 198  [AotW citation 1201]

2   US Congress, Congressional Biographical Directory, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp>, Source page: /scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000061  [AotW citation 1202]

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