(1828 - 1887)
Home State: South Carolina
Education: South Carolina University, Class of 1849
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He taught school for two years, and was "engaged in agricultural pursuits" beginning in 1852. In 1861 he enlisted as a private, was appointed adjutant and later elected Colonel of the Seventh South Carolina Infantry.
On the Campaign
He was wounded by a gunshot to the chest, through a lung, in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. He was tended, among others, by his brother Augustus, then on General McLaw's staff. He did not expect to survive his wounds.
The rest of the War
His brother and body servant got him back across the Potomac to Shepherdstown late on 17 September. He was later captured and paroled there. He recovered sufficiently to command his regiment at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, but then was on light duty in Macon, GA due to the effects of his Sharpsburg wound. He resigned his commission in 1864 and was a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1864-66.
After the War
Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1876; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1877-87; was not a candidate for renomination in 1886, being an invalid throughout his last term.
3/17/1828; Winnsboro, SC
4/6/1887; Cokesbury, SC; burial in Magnolia Cemetery, Greenwood, SC
1 Dickert, D. Augustus, History of Kershaw's Brigade, Newberry (SC): Elbert H. Aull Company, 1899, pg. 198 [AotW citation 1201]
2 US Congress, Congressional Biographical Directory, Published c. 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp>, Source page: /scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000061 [AotW citation 1202]