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Confederate (CSV)


Wilson W. Broughton

(c. 1834 - ?)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd South Carolina Cavalry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 27, from Grahamville, SC, he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant of Company C - the Beaufort Troop - of the Cavalry Battalion, Hampton's Legion on 12 June 1861. His Company became B of the 2nd SC Cavalry in August 1862 on the Legion's consolidation with the 4th SC Cavalry Battalion in August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in the knee in a skirmish in Frederick, MD on 13 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was left behind in a private home in Frederick ...

With him was left a nurse, one among the best men in the company, Private Sam Heape. Heape, after his exchange, in giving an account of the brave Lieutenant's death, said, that "After they were captured, the Yankee surgeon told Lieut. Broughton, the only chance for your life is to have your leg amputated. The Lieutenant's reply was, 'If I die, I will die with my leg on me.' "
He was probably paroled and returned to his unit at Martinsburg, VA, where he died of his wounds, date not given.

After the War

By 1866 he was operating Rose Hill Plantation in the Beaufort District.

References & notes

His service from the Roll 1 and the index to his Compiled Service Records. Wound details and the quote above from Edward Prioleau Henderson's Autobiography of Arab (1901); Henderson was a Sergeant in Company B and Arab was the name of his horse. Post-war detail from the Beaufort District, South Carolina Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts, 1866.


c. 1834


Date not known; Martinsburg, 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 B, 2nd Reg't Cavalry, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 25388]