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Confederate (CSV)


Richard Erskine Clayton

(1835 - 1862)

Home State: Mississippi

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Mississippi Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant, Company A, 2nd Mississippi Infantry about 1 May 1861 and was appointed Adjutant of the regiment on 1 November. He was elected Captain of Company A on 22 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was posted with his Company on the northern end of D.R. Miller's Cornfield near the Hagerstown Pike as skirmishers on the afternoon of 16 September 1862 and was mortally wounded in action at Sharpsburg the next day.

The rest of the War

He died of wounds in Shepherdstown, VA on 30 September 1862.

References & notes

Burial and basic unit information from a list in Confederate Veteran1 with further details from Michael Brasher's research in his Compiled Military Service Records and Dunbar Rowland's The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi (1908). His role at Sharpsburg on the 16th from Carman2. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/16/1835 in AL


09/30/1862; Shepherdstown, VA; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, WV


1   United Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederate Veteran Magazine (1893-1932), 1893-01-00, Vol. XIX, pp. 75 - 76  [AotW citation 5072]

2   Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. 2, pg. 31  [AotW citation 10669]