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Confederate (CSV)


George Holliway Kearse

(1838 - 1920)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From the Barnwell District, he enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant in H.J. Kearse's Company G, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 2 January 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant to date from 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded in action at Turner's Gap on South Mountain, MD on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

In February 1863 he as listed as absent without leave. He was placed under arrest on 28 December 1863, charge not given, but was apparently restored to duty as he was detailed as a member of a general court martial by the end of February 1864. He was promoted to Captain on 3 August 1864 and was wounded by a piece of shell to his left hip/buttock on 11 October 1864, place not given. He was sent on wounded furlough to Buford Bridge, NC on 21 October but was listed as absent without leave as of 4 December 1864 and was still gone to the end of February 1865.

After the War

By 1900 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Three Mile Township in Bamberg County, SC. In 1920 he was farming with his son-in-law Thomas Beard and son George in Bamberg County.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records, with his wound 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. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1900-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave, as George Holloway Kearse.

He married Mary Ann Sease (1838-1918) in June 18762 and they had 5 children.


11/22/1838; Barnwell District, SC


07/01/1920; burial in Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ehrhardt, SC