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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert Anderson Thompson

(1828 - 1914)

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd South Carolina Rifles

Before Sharpsburg

A member of the South Carolina Secession Convention, and newspaperman, he had owned the Keowee Courier since 1853.1 He was elected Captain, Company B, Second South Carolina Rifles on 31 October 1861. He was promoted to Major 6 July 1862 and Lieutenant Colonel on 3 September.2

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission in September 1863, probably for his health, and "to serve as Commissioner in Equity of Pickens District." 2

After the War

He became a member of the bar, and continued to operate the Keowee Courier until 1898. He moved the paper and his practice to Walhalla. He was also elected to the SC General Assembly.1

References & notes

His gravesite is on Findagrave.


6/13/1828; Pickens District, SC


8/7/1914; Walhalla, SC; burial in West View Memorial Cemetery, Walhalla, SC


1   Allman, Ron, South Carolina Newspapers, Published c.1995, first accessed 08 August 2005, <>  [AotW citation 211]

2   From notes to accompany memoirs of Lt. A. Augustus "Gus" Dean, Second S.C. Rifles, Company G
Batson, Steve, South Carolina in the War Between the States, Published c.1996, first accessed 08 August 2005, <>, Source page: []  [AotW citation 212]