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Anderson Intelligencer

Anderson Intelligencer

May 26, 1914

Page 44


Anderson Soldiers, Some of Whom Have Passed Away

B. F. CRAYTON—One of the men of Anderson of saluted memory.  He was a leader in social, commercial, educational and religious activity.  He closed out his business and joined Orr’s Rifles.  Was appointed Regimental Quartermaster.  Later was detailed by Prest. Davis to take charge of the governmental depository and the mint here.  He served in the legislature all through the land and in the State beginning 187_.

DR. K. W. SHARPE of Pendleton is one of 14 children and one of seven brothers in the war.  All survived and all but one received wounds in the war.  One of the brothers was Colonel J. J. A. Sharpe of the 23rd Georgia Infantry.  Dr. Sharpe was in the war the last few months as a boy of 17 doing defense duty on the coast.  He is one of Anderson County’s staunchest citizens.

            JOHN C. HARRIS—Toward the close of the war went into service with the boys of 17.  He was in a company commanded by Capt. Doran Kay.  Mr. Harris after the war managed the farms of Thos. G. Clemson and was one of the pioneers of this state in what is now intelligent farming.

            NATHAN O. FARMER of Townville was a member of Company D, Hampton Legion, came out a lieutenant.  One of his war experiences was being captured by some of Sheridan’s cavalry dressed as Confederate.

            JOHN T. GRANT of Townville, was in Company K of the fourth regiment and helped carry Gen. Kirby Smith from the battlefield when that distinguished soldier was wounded.

            WILLIAM L. DOBBINS—Was a member of Co. D, Second Rifles, having volunteered as a recruit in 1864 and serving until the surrender.  He is one of the staunch men of the county.

            JOHN J. SHIRELY—of Honea Path was lieutenant in Co. E in Keitt’s regiment, the 20th and was practically in command of the company most of the time.  He was disabled in 1863.

            J. C. STRIBLING—The well known Pendleton planter and splendid citizen entered the war at the outset at the age of 16, in Col. Miles Norton’s company of the First Regiment (Orr’s).  Later he was in Trenholm’s Squadron.  He had the unique distinction of having served in infantry and cavalry and artillery.  He is yet active and a progressive citizen.

            E. H. SHANKLIN—of Pendleton, was a member of Goodlett’s regiment, the 22nd, and transferred to the Seventh Cavalry under Col. A. C. Haskell.  He refused promotions, but he frequently was selected for work that required brains, daring and coolness.  He spent the remainder of life trying to improve agricultural conditions.

            GEO. W. SULLIVAN—of Williamston was one of the cadets.  He entered the service with the several cadets and saw but little service.  However, he was prominent in the near trouble of 1876.

            DR. P. H. E. SLOAN—of Pendleton, for many years treasurer of Clemson college, graduated in medicine in 1859 and served throughout the war as a regular.  His reminiscences would be interesting reading.

            COL. R. E. BOWEN—of Pickens, married a daughter of Dr. James Oliver of Anderson, went into the service as lieutenant of Company E, Second Rifles and came out as Colonel.  T. H. Beggs, who was captain of Co. E, became a lieutenant-colonel, and died of disease.  The first colonel of this regiment, John V. Moore, enlisted as a private in Orr’s regiment and was killed in the second Battle of Manassas.  Col. Thomas Thompson of Abbeville, succeeded him.  Colonel Thompson was detailed for special duty and the lieutenant colonel R. A. Thompson of Walhalla had resigned and this made Bowen the colonel of the regiment which did gallant work.  D. L. Cox of Anderson was the major of the regiment.

            S. B. L. CRADDICK—served in Company B, Second South Carolina Cavalry, with Mickle, captain and Butler, general.  While Mr. Craddick’s duties were hardly two years, he believes that the two last years were the two worst.  Mr. Craddick says that the separation from his brother who was in a different regiment was the saddest trial he endured during the war; he was much younger and he hoped to be with him and help him if he needed it-but affections mattered little in war.


[Transcribed by: Sharon Strout]


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