13th South Carolina Infantry Regiment

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Soldier's Notes


1st Sergeant James Belton Shealy, Company H, was promoted to that rank from 1st Corporal in 1863. He was wounded at Sharpsburg, Maryland and Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. A resident of Lexington, South Carolina, he was born in 1840 and died in 1932.

2nd Lieutenant West Caughman Leopard, Company K, was wounded during the Battle of Chantilly and died at Ox Hill, Virgina. A letter written by the regimental surgeon of the 13th South Carolina to his wife told of the battle and how Lieutenant Leopard was brought into the hospital with both legs missing below the knees due to a shot from a cannon. He died overnight. The hospital had been set up in a church not far from the battlefield. His cousin, Private Hudson Berry Leopard, served with the 20th South Carolina.

Private Isaiah Corley, Company K, was captured at Petersburg Virginia on April 3rd 1865, sent to Harts Island prison in New York city and released three months later. His brothers served in the same company. Sergeant Joseph E. Corley, Company K, was killed in a train accident on the Virginia Central Rail Road on October 15th 1862 near Ivy creek depot, close to Charlottesville, Virginia. The train was carrying soldiers when it derailed after hitting cows standing in the tracks on a steep embankment, causing the cars to flip over. Private Henry N. Corley was killed in action on July 2nd 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg. Private John M. Corley was paroled at Appomattox.

Private Thomas Corley, Company K, lost his left arm during the war.

Private John Joseph Wingard, Company K, was killed in action at Ox Hill, Virginia by an artillery shell on September 1, 1862.

Private James Marion Johnson, Company E, enlisted on September 23, 1861 at the Spartanburg Court House and was mustered into the regiment by Colonel D. E. Edwards on November 1, 1861. He lost his right arm in Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862. His three brothers also mustered into Company E. Private William Johnson was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 3, 1864. Private John Tyler Johnson was shot in the left arm at the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. Private Green Johnson wounded himself by accident on December 14, 1862 and given a medical discharge on January 31, 1864.

Private Samuel Nicholas Beard, Company G, was from Newberry South Carolina. He enlisted August 26, 1861, was wounded at Gettysburg, taken prisoner and imprisoned at Fort Delaware through November or December of 1864.

Private Jacob Anderson Shumpert, Company K, (Johnston Riflemen or Johnston Rifles), was born January 29,1839 and died on March 2, 1926 at Pelion, South Carolina. He enlisted on September 21,1861 in Lexington District (Lexington County) and was wounded in action at Gettysburg. Private Shumpert was discharged on June 16,1865 and is buried at St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pelion, South Carolina.

Private Arthur Cash, Company E, was left on the field wounded at Gettysburg and survived the war as a POW. He was granted a rare discharge for a wound earlier in the war at 2nd Manassas, but declined and rejoined his unit after healing in Cowpens, South Carolina. He signed the muster rolls with an “X”, which meant he was probably illiterate.

Private William Ezell, Company E, was killed in action at Spotsylvania.

Private W. W. Davenport, Company D, enlisted at Newberry Courthouse, and was present at Appomattox Courthouse at the War’s end. He was a small farmer from the area around Silverstreet, South Carolina.

Colonel Benjamin T. Brockman joined the regiment as captain of Company B that he had raised and was later promoted to cammding officer of the regiment. He died a month after losing his left arm in a charge on May 12, 1864 at the "Bloody Angle" at Spotsylvania Court House. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond, Virginia. His brother, Captain Jesse Kilgore Brockman commanding Company B, "the Brockman Guards", was dangerously wounded and captured in the same fight. Jesse lay three days on the battlefield and died in hospital on May 28, 1864.




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