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Confederate (CSV)


Alfred Harrison Foster

(1835 - 1913)

Home State: South Carolina

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Palmetto (SC) Sharpshooters

Before Sharpsburg

Before the War he had been in school in Spartanburg, and worked in the family store - Foster & Judd - there. He enlisted in the 5th South Carolina Infantry in April 1861, and was elected Captain, Company F in June. His Company was made part of the new Palmetto Sharpshooters (as Company D) when they were organized in Spring 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Sharpshooters at Sharpsburg, but was wounded in action there.

The rest of the War

Captain Foster continued in service through the War and was in command of the Sharpshooters at the surrender at Appomattox in April 1865.

After the War

After the War he was in Spartanburg, New York City for a year 1867-68, and then settled in Union, South Carolina, being in business there for more than 30 years. In 1899 he was a founder of the Lockhart Railroad, a short line in South Carolina that was in operation into the 1970s.

References & notes

Basic service details from the Soldiers and Sailors System1, with personal details and dates from a Foster Genealogy (online from GoogleBooks), also source of a post-War photo of him. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/07/1835; Union County, SC


05/13/1913; Union County, SC; burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Union, SC


1   US National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, Published c. 1999, first accessed 01 January 2000, <>, Source page: /search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldier_id=0298429e-dc7a-df11-bf  [AotW citation 2308]