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Confederate (CSV)


William Canty


(c. 1833 - 1864)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 28, a member of the Catawba Tribe in the York District, he enlisted as Private, Company K, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 9 December 1861 at Camp Hampton near Columbia, SC.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He transferred to Company H, 12th South Carolina in February 1863 but was mortally wounded in action in the Wilderness, VA in May 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Rolls,1 as Wm. Canty and William Cantey (Indian), and from his Compiled Service Records, with his presence at "Boonsboro" from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), online from fold3. His Sharpsburg wound and other details from Laurence M. Hauptman's Between Two Fires (1995).

More on the Web

His name is among those of 17 (of the 19 known) Catawbas who fought in the Confederate Army on a memorial erected in a small park in Fort Mill, SC in 1900 [online from the HMDB].

Three other Catawbas also wounded on the Campaign were brothers James and John Harris, 12th South Carolina Infantry, and his messmate Jeff Ayers of the 17th.


c. 1833




1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Rolls of Co K/17th and H/12thReg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24406]