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J.D. Nance

J.D. Nance

Confederate (CSA)


James Drayton Nance

(1837 - 1864)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: SC Military School (now The Citadel)

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd South Carolina Infantry


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

Nance enlisted as the captain of Company E of the 3rd South Carolina two days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter. After service at 1st Manassas, he returned home ill. He returned to his unit, and during the regiment's reorganization on May 13,1862, he was elected Colonel.

He led the Regiment at the Seven Days battles.

On the Campaign

The Regiment captured Maryland Heights overlooking Harpers Ferry on Sept 13th, and were in the severe combat in and around the West Woods with the rest of Kershaw's Brigade on September 17th at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

Col Nance was wounded at Fredericksburg in December, and returned to command at Gettysburg. He was at Chickamauga and part of Longstreet's campaign in the West through April 1864.

On 6 May 1864, from Chancellorsville, William D. Rutherford dispatched a telegram to announce "that Col. Nance fell in battle today - - pierced by five balls."

References & notes

Sources: Personal Papers Collection at the U of SC, and a nice bio piece posted by the Catawba Wateree Geneological Society.

Photo above is from Dickert, D. Augustus, History of Kershaw's Brigade, Newberry (SC): Elbert H. Aull Company, 1899; pg. 353.


1837 in SC


5/6/1864; Chancellorsville, Va