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Confederate (CSV)


William Elliott Keels

(1831 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 30 year old lawyer in the Clarendon District, he was Captain of Company I, Second South Carolina state troops in early 1861 in Charleston, SC. They were disbanded in April and he then enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant of Company D, 9th South Carolina Infantry. He was not reelected at the reorganization in April 1862. He then enlisted as Private, Company H, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 8 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot through both lungs in action on Maryland Heights, MD near Harpers Ferry on 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died of his wounds at the Thomas Rutherford home in Charleston, VA (now WV) on 19 September 1862.

References & notes

His service from the Rolls,1 as W. Elliott Keels, and Swain.2 His Second Infantry service from a piece about Clarendon volunteers in the Manning Times of 22 July 1914. His memorial is on Findagrave.


01/30/1831; Williamsburg District, SC


09/19/1862; Charleston, VA


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company D, 9th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24551]

2   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 552  [AotW citation 24552]