(1844 - 1863)
Home State: South Carolina
Education: Dickinson College, Wofford College
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was a 16 year old student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, but he transferred to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC when South Carolina seceded in December of that year. Initially opposed to secession, he served in early 1861 in the "Spartanburg Rifles" with many of his classmates, then enlisted as Private, Company M, 7th South Carolina Infantry closer to home in the Edgefield District. He was promoted to Corporal, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his leg and captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was treated at US Army General Hospital #7 in Frederick, MD and transferred to GH #4 on 20 November 1862, but he died there of wounds on 3 January 1863, just 18 years old. He was originally buried "on west side of, and in the [Mt. Olivet] cemetery at Frederick" and probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett,1 as Sgt. A.M. Padgett. His basic service from the index to the Compiled Confederate Military Service Records via the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Personal details from Orville Vernon Burton in Robert Brinkmeyer's Citizen-Scholar: Essays in Honor of Walter Edgar (2016), and from family genealogists. His memorial at Mt. Olivet is on Findagrave, and he may still be there.
At least 3 of his 1860/61 letters home are among the Padgett Papers in the DA Tompkins Memorial Library in Edgefield, SC.
His younger brother Edwin Ernest Padgett (b. 1845) was killed at Trevilian Station, VA on 12 June 1864 while serving in Company B, 6th South Carolina Cavalry.
03/04/1844; Edgefield District, SC
01/03/1863; Frederick, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4891]
2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <http://www.civilwarmed.org/explore/primary-sources/databases/frederickpatient/>, Source page: patient #0, 884 [AotW citation 24241]