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Confederate (CSV)


Arthur Simpkins Swearingen

(1831 - 1917)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 29 year old farmer on his family's plantation at Edgefield Court House, he enlisted as Private, Company H, 7th South Carolina Infantry on 15 April 1861. He reenlisted in Company A 13 April 1862 and was appointed 4th Corporal on 8 July.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and was promoted to 2nd Corporal the next day.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Corporal on 2 July 1863, probably on the field at Gettysburg, PA, and was wounded again, in his right elbow at Chickamauga, GA on 20 September 1863. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on 18 March 1864 and transferred to command Company H in August. He was severely wounded at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864, was in hospitals to 24 December, then furloughed for 30 days. He was surrendered and paroled at Augusta, GA on 3 June 1865.

References & notes

His service from Swain.1 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sara "Sallie" A. Bryan (1866-1936) in 1884 and they had a daughter Mattie Bell (1884-1903).

His brother John Cloud Swearingen (1841-1895) was also in Companies H and A.




11/08/1917; burial in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton, SC


1   Swain, Sr., Glen Allan, The Bloody 7th, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Company, 2014, pg. 649  [AotW citation 24669]