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W. H. Wallace

W. H. Wallace

Confederate (CSV)


William H Wallace

(? - 1901)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: South Carolina College, Class of 1849

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 18th South Carolina Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

He was occupied as planter in Union county until 1857, when he became the proprietor of the Union Times newspaper, and in 1859 began the practice of law at Union.

When SC seceeded, he enlisted as a private in Company A, Eighteenth South Carolina volunteers. A few days later he was appointed adjutant of the regiment by Col. James M. Gadberry, who was killed at Second Manassas. Before going into the field the regiment was reorganized, and Wallace was elected lieutenant-colonel in May, 1861. The regiment was ordered into Virginia in time to engage the enemy near Malvern Hill in August, after which it fought at the battle of Second Manassas, losing about half its number in battle, including the Colonel Gadberry. Wallace was at once promoted Colonel.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment on the Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was given Brigade command after death of Brigadier General S Elliot in July 1864, and was promoted to Brigadier General in September 1864 . He led the Brigade through to Appomattox in April 1865.

After the War

After his parole he devoted himself to the practice of the law, the care of his plantation and the restoration of good government in the State. He was one of the few Democrats elected to the legislature in 1872, and was re-elected in 1874 and 1876. In 1877 he was chosen judge of the Seventh circuit, a position in which he continued to serve with honor and ability until 1893, when he retired from public life.

More on the Web

See a contemporary biography from the South Carolina Civil War site, source for some material quoted above.


3/24/1827; Laurens County, SC


3/21/1901; Union, SC