The South Carolina Secessionist
Dateline Week of May 2nd
News from the Front
The first session of the Congress of the Confederate States of
America convened in Montgomery, Alabama this past week. Companies
which have formed at Camp Butler and other areas around the state
are now making their way to Virginia. The governor has requested
that additional men be stationed in Charleston and all along the
coast to aid in protection of the state from invasion. Pvt.
Benjamin F. Crawford enlisted in Company A 5th Inf. at Corinth,
Mississippi by Capt. Taylor. (He had been previously assigned to
another regiment). Four companies of the 2nd (Palemtto) Regiment
have volunteered for service in Virginia and left for Camp Davis,
Virginia via railroad on 24 APR 1861. These companies are under
the command of Captains W. H. Casson and William Wallace of
Columbia, John D. Kennedy of Camden, and John S. Richardson, Jr. of
Sumter. Many of the men have horses with them and Col. Joseph
Brevard Kershaw took 4 of his finest, 1 bay, 1 sorrel, 1 black, and
a black mare valued at $675.00. T. W. Salmond was commissioned as
Surgeon for the 2nd Regiment, and his commission transferred to the
Confederate service. Henry Junius Nott was likewise commissioned
as Assistant Surgeon.
There was an engagement at Pineberry Battery, SC on the 29th. No
casualties were reported from the recent skirmish at Murray's
Inlet, but matters remain tense there with a number of Federal
troops seen in the area. The siege of Yorktown continues. Members
of the 5th Infantry in Virginia report that preparations are being
made for movement of the regiment to a new location which has not
yet been revealed. 4th Sergeant J. B. Dubose of the 2nd Regiment
was discharged on 1 MAY 1862 because of ill health and should be
returning home this week. D. H. Pritchard, the regimental drummer
for the 2nd has been transferred effective 1 MAY 1862 to Company A,
Phillips's Georgia Legion. Thomas R. Grogan, Company B, 2nd
(Palmetto) Regiment is at the Manchester, Virginia hospital, sick.
Tappan C. Killborn has been granted a leave of abscence. Patrick
Kirkland has returned to duty from the hospital in Richmond. Henry
C. Markley was detailed to duty at the Post Office. John Markley
is absent with leave in Macon, Georgia suffering from the measles.
James H. Rice is absent, sick, in the Manchester Hospital at
Richmond, VA. On a brighter note, Alex Whisnant has been assigned
as regimental musician.
All was quiet this week around the state, as was news from the
front. Many men are returning to the front following furloughs
home to help with the spring planting.
All was quiet this week around the state. We have received an
extensive report from the 2nd (Palmetto) Regiment in Virginia:
Pvt. E. C. McTureous was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on 30 APR 1864
and Pvt. J. E. Gilbert was promoted to 4th Sergeant. Jesse T.
Brown of Company A, who had been listed as taken prisoner in
Pennsylvania is a prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland. B. F.
Bryant of Company A, who was wounded at Chickamauga, remains in the
hospital. J. F. Bryant of the same company has been transferred to
the brigade quartermaster department. Pvt. L. Burns of Company A
has returned to duty following an extended illness, but George
Andre' of the same company remains in the hospital, sick where he
has been for well over a year now. J. L. Baker who has lingered
sick since 10 OCT 1862 recently passed away. Pacshal D. Huff of
Company B is on furlough in Greenville, recuiting additional men.
Phillip Huff has been taken prisoner of war. Saxby W. Miller
remains a prisoner of War since being captured in Falling Water,
Maryland on 31 AUG 1863.
Troops continue to stream south into South Carolina following the
release of Lee's Army at Appomattox. Gen. Johnston signed an
agreement with Gen. Sherman on 26 APR and men are being paroled at
Greensboro, North Carolina today (2 MAY 1865). Here is a copy of
Greensboro, North Carolina
In accordance with a Military Convention, entered into on the
26th day of April 1865, between General Joseph E. Johnston,
commanding Confederate Army, and Major General W. T. Sherman,
commanding United States Army in North Carolina, the officers and
men whose names are borne upon this roll have given their solemn
obligation not to take up arms against the Government of the United
States until properly released from this obligation: and they are
permitted to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by the
United States authorities, so long as they observe this obligation,
and obey the laws in force where they may reside.
J. L. Dew
Capt. & P. M. U. S. A.
Thos. W. Gary, C. S. A.
Capt. Commanding Co. A.
3rd Regiment, S. C. V.
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