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Confederate (CSV)


Edward Alfred Brevard Cantey


(1836 - 1916)

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was commissioned Captain of Company E, 9th South Carolina Infantry on 10 July 1861. He transferred to the 6th Infantry when that unit was reorganized and merged with the 9th Infantry in April 1862, and was appointed Captain of the new Company C.

On the Campaign

He took command of the regiment from Lieutenant Colonel Steedman as next-most senior officer present sometime after 14 September and led it at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. He was severely wounded there by 4 gunshots to his legs: in the lower left thigh, middle right thigh, the back of his right upper leg, and lower right leg, shattering his fibula.

The rest of the War

He was on furlough and sick leave recovering from his wounds to July 1863, when he was certified disabled for field service. The following month he was commissioned Major and Commissary of Subsistence, CSA and assigned to the staff of General James Cantey, who commanded a Brigade in the Army of Tennessee.

After the War

He was a planter and insurance agent in Camden, SC, and served as County Treasurer.

References & notes

Service from the Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database and his Compiled Service Record via the Historical Data Systems database. His Maryland Campaign command from Carman.1 Further details from William G. Felder's Soldiers from Kershaw County (2016), which quotes documents from the Camden Archives and Museum, and Krick.2 Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He apparently omitted the Alfred in his name on most occasions. He married Mary Whitaker Boykin (1843-1910) in December 1862 and they had 9 children together. His brother Richard Manning Cantey (1833-1897) was also in Company E of the 9th SC Infantry and was 2nd Lieutenant of Company C of the 6th Infantry after the merge in April 1862. He succeeded his brother as Captain in August 1863.

More on the Web

His wartime uniform frock coat is in the collection of the South Carolina Relic Room and Museum in Columbia, SC and is undergoing restoration and preservation (2018), thanks to the Artist Preservation Group. They also plan to work on his father's bicorn militia hat (2019).


05/28/1836; Hobkirk Hill, Camden, SC


04/01/1916; in SC; burial in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC


1   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, Appendix 1, pg. 550  [AotW citation 21509]

2   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, Appendix 1, pg. 320  [AotW citation 21508]