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M. Gregg

M. Gregg

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Maxcy Gregg

(1814 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: South Carolina College

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Gregg's Brigade

Before Sharpsburg

One of the Confedracy's most intelligent and cultured men, Gregg's diverse knowledge and interests included philosophy, Greek drama, astronomy, botany, and ornithology. After passing the bar, Gregg practiced law with his father in Columbia for many years except for the short time he served in the Mexican War. The prominent and influential bachelor was an avid secessionist and a member of South Carolina's secession convention.

When his state withdrew from for Union, Gregg was instrumental in organizing the 1st South Carolina Volunteers. The regiment, under Colonel Gregg, included 27 physicians, 30 lawyers, and many prominent businessmen.

Commissioned brigadier general on December 14, 1861, Gregg led the leading brigade of Gen. Ambrose P. Hill's Light Division.
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On the Campaign

The fine AP Hill site says "He was wounded in the same burst of fire that killed General Branch at Sharpsburg; bruised in the thigh by the bullet; the next morning at breakfast he discovered the ball when he opened his handkerchief!"

The rest of the War

Gen Gregg was mortally wounded at Fredericksburg, VA, (12/13) dying 15 December, 1862.


8/1/1814; Columbia, SC


12/14/1862; Fredericksburg, VA; burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, SC