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R.C. Carlisle

R.C. Carlisle

Confederate (CSV)

Assistant Surgeon

Richard Coleman Carlisle

(1835 - 1906)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: The Citadel Academy (1855), University of NY Medical School, Class of 1861

Branch of Service: Medical

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

26 years old and just graduated from medical school, he raised a company of troops in the Newberry District early in 1861, but they were not accepted for Confederate service. He then went to Richmond and was assigned as an Assistant Surgeon at Chimborazo Hospital there. He served into March of 1862 then took and passed the medical board examination and was commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the 7th South Carolina Infantry on 14 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was detailed to treat the wounded from the action on Maryland Heights at nearby Brownsville, MD on 14 September 1862. He was captured there and held in Baltimore.

The rest of the War

He was released in November 1862. He served at each of the engagements of his regiment, notably at Chickamauga, GA in September 1863, where he "cared for 325 wounded and dying men who were under his solitary charge." He was promoted to Surgeon on 22 October 1864, surrendered with the regiment on 26 April 1865, and was paroled at Greensboro, NC on 2 May 1865.

After the War

He returned to Newberry and practiced medicine, farmed, and became the largest land owner in the county. He was also a Director of the National Bank, of the Newberry Mills, and Vice President in the Exchange Bank.

References & notes

His service from Swain.1 Personal details from a sketch in Evans,2 transcribed online by descendant Carlisles, source also of a colorized photo of him in Citadel uniform, and from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by g-g-grandson Stephen Carlisle Hardy.

He married Emma Elizabeth Renwick (1851-1830) in September 1869 and they had 8 children; 5 survived childhood.


12/05/1835; Goshen, Union District, SC


08/21/1906; Newberry, SC; burial in Kings Creek Cemetery, Newberry, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 461  [AotW citation 24452]

2   Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. V (South Carolina) , pp. 504-05  [AotW citation 24453]