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Confederate (CSV)

Assistant Surgeon

Thomas Smith Waring

(1832 - 1901)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: College of Charleston (1851), Medical College of South Carolina, Class of 1853

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 17th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed Assistant Surgeon, 17th South Carolina Infantry on 1 May 1862 (to date from April). He was slightly wounded at 2nd Manassas in August.

On the Campaign

He was present at Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He left the command about 20 September, sick, and went to Kinton, NC and was ordered (as a patient) to the hospital in Goldsboro, NC in November. He resigned his commission in January 1863.

After the War

In 1870 he helped establish a settlement of expatriate former Confederates in Venuzuela. By 1880 and to at least 1900 he practiced medicine in Colleton County, SC.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records, with wound at Manassas and his presence at "Boonsboro" from Colonel McMaster's list for the 17th South Carolina (Confederate States Army Casualty Lists and Narrative Reports, RG 109, NARA), as T.S. Waring, online from fold3. Service details from testimony at Colonel McMaster's 1863 court martial [pdf]. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880 and 1900. His memorial is on Findagrave.

He married Josephine Gabriella Seabrook (1832-) in April 1853 and they had 5 children. He married again, Mary Virginia Chaplin (1868-1947) in January 1894 and they had 3 more. She was 36 years his junior; younger than his youngest child. Their third child, daughter Mary Virginia was born the year her father died.

More on the Web

A collection of his wartime and postwar papers and correspondence are at the University of South Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina, whose finding aid is source of some personal details for Dr Waring.


06/23/1832; Chester District, SC


11/20/1901; burial in Yonge Family Cemetery, Charleston County, SC