1st South Carolina Cavalry Memorials

In honor of our ancestors – they are not forgotten

Company A

James M. Gilliam
Death of a Gallant Man.-James M. Gilliam died early Tuesday morning at his home in the Sharon neighborhood at an advanced age. He had been in declining health for years and had lost his eye sight. He was an honorable and respected man. During the war he was a soldier in the 1st SC Cavalry. On one occasion while engaged with the enemy on James Island his comrade J.J. Palmer had his horse shot under him and was severely wounded. The deceased was unwilling that his wounded friend should fall into the hands of the Negro troops with whom the cavalry was fighting, dismounted, placed Palmer on his own horse and took the consequences. He was captured, blindfolded and prodded with the Negro bayonets and would have been killed if a white officer had not interfered and saved his life. Such a man was James M. Gilliam. To save a friend he put his own life at stake. from the Abbeville Medium

contributed by proud ancestor Susan Gilliam Gladden sbgladden@wctel.net

David J. Warlaw
David Morrah

both with Company A 1st South Carolina Cavalry
Joined regiment May 1864 and served until the end of the war.

contributed by Robert McGarity rlmcg@erols.com

Company B

James William Cheek
served in the First South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, Co “B”
James was a twin to Willis
born in Lauren’s County, South Carolina, December 17, 1833. 
died September 09, 1864 in Lauren’s County, S.C., at age of 30. 
James was married to Elizabeth E. Nesbitt in Lauren’s Co. S.C. January 27, 1853. 
Elizabeth was born in Laurens Co. S.C. May 31, 1832. ; died February 14, 1918 in Laurens Co. age 85. 
James and Elizabeth had four children.

Willis Abram Cheek

Served in the First South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, Co “B”
Willis was a twin to James
died July 17, 1904 in Princeton, S. C., age 70. 
Willis married Sara Lee Fowler in Lauren’s Co. November 27, 1856. 
Sara was born in Lauren’s Co. S.C. March 06, 1838; died December 30, 1902 in Princeton, S.C. age 64. 
Thirteen children were born to Willis and Sara, including two sets of twins. 

contributed by Dennis Thompson     woot1914@hotmail.com

A tale of two separate J. H. Copelands, both serving with Company B, John Henry and John Holland:

John Henry Copeland
son of John II and Nancy Jennie Mills
husband of Martha Elizabeth Dillard (Lizzie)
Died of pneumonia at Richmond, Virginia,
his body was taken back to Laurens County by mule team.

John Henry is buried at Hurricane Baptist Church Cemetery, Laurens, SC

Reunion Booklet – “Descendants of Henry Copeland, James Copeland, Polly Copeland, Mills Copeland and Peggy Copeland”. JH is known as Henry here, but for Civil War records he goes by John H. This booklet goes on to say that most of the Copeland family are descended from Henry Copeland, John II’s son, who married Lizzie Dillard about 1850, and died while enlisted in the army during the Civil War.

John Holland Copeland
Grandson of John Copeland and Margaret Blakely
Son of James Copeland and Elizabeth Little
Husband of Martha T. Finney
Brother of Leisel Copeland (listed below, also fought with Co B)
Surrendered at close of war

Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery Inscription:
JUNE 10, 1839 DEC 20, 1906
Source References:
Laurens County Enrollment Book of Confederate Veterans 1902 p30
Burying Grounds, Graveyards and Cemeteries Laurens County, SC Vol I

Leisel Watts Copeland
served in the First South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, Co “B”
March 14, 1825 – Dec. 27, 1894
married Sarah Jane Owens

contributed by Carol Hoffman honeyfarm@peoplepc.com

Company C

James Bush Howard

Enlisted with Co. C, Edgefield Rangers, then Co. K, and later Holcomb’s Legion. He was held as a POW at Point Lookout, MD. The POW campsite in MD has a Confederate Memorial Park, and a Memorial Brick can be purchased for POWs who died during OR who survived their imprisonment.

Anyone interested in applying for membership, and/or a Memorial Brick, visit the Confederate Memorial Park page

contributed by Laurie McKinney, great-granddaughter

Company D

Jesse Alexander Clifton
born Sept 26, 1845 in Chester County, SC
died June 14, 1906 in Marion, SC
Became a Methodist Minister in 1869 in Cheraw.
Married Mary Elizabeth Hicklin in 1868 and had 7 children.

“Rev. Jesse Alexander Clifton, DD, son of Jesse C Clifton and Mary H Walker, was born in the eastern part of Chester County, SC, September 26, 1845 and died at Marion, SC, the 14th of June, 1906.

His father was by occupation a farmer, and served in the Confederate army as lieutenant and captain of the militia, and was regarded as a man of decided courage, energy and integrity.

Among his ancestors were Alexander Walker, Justice John Gaston, William Clifton and William Heath; all of who came from Ireland and settled in Chester, SC before and during the American Revolution. His great-grandmother Esther Gaston, was a woman of marked devotion to the cause of her adopted country, and is honorably mentioned in Mrs. Elliot’s “Women of the Revolution”. It was through William Heath and his noble wife that Methodism was introduced in that part of Chester County.

He grew up on his father’s farm, where he found much pleasure in both open fields and woods, and developing a strong constitution and receiving superior moral training from his parents.

When the war came, although he was under sixteen years of age, he went to the front and was with Hampton and Butler for four years. He was a scout for two years, and did many acts of daring. On one occasion he went through the Yankee lines in the night and captured General Meade’s saddle horse, hitched just outside the tent. He had a deep saber cut on the side of his neck and another in the corner of his eye, and a bullet just over his heart, which was never removed.

After the war he did much to aid in the redemption of his State from radical rule. He received the advantages of the schools of his community and also the classical school conducted by Prof. Matthew Elder. He was a great reader all of his life, and all the standard works, both English and American, poetry and prose and theology, had engaged his thoughtful attention. After the war he went to the University of Virginia, where, in addition to studies in the literary department, he graduated at the head of his class in law, and was elected final orator by his class, and received compliments on his speech that have lingered in the history of the university through the years.

A sermon preached by the Rev. J L Shuford deeply convicted him of sin, and for three months he had a terrible battle, which resulted in his sound and powerful conversion, alone in his room at the hour of midnight. He joined the Methodist Church at El Bethel, in Chester County, in 1868.

With his conversion came his clear call to the ministry, and in the same year was licensed to preach. He served one year as a local preacher and was admitted on trial into the South Carolina Conference in 1869 in Cheraw. He appointments have been as follows:

Columbia circuit 1870-1872

Fairfield circuit 1873

Batesburg circuit 1874-1876

Saluda circuit 1877-1878

Graham circuit 1879-1880

St Matthews circuit 1881-1882

Spring Street, Charleston 1883

Newberry station 1884-1885

Central Church, Spartanburg 1886-1889

Buncombe Street, Greenville 1890-1891

Bethel, Charleston 1892-1895

Abbeville station 1896-1897

Sumter station 1898-1901

St Paul’s, Orangeburg 1902-1905

Marion 1906

Where he died in the thirty-seventh year of his active work in the South Carolina Conference.

Dr. Clifton was unique-a genius. In a masterful address he once said God had made only one man like himself and would not make another. He stood out in his individuality before men. He could say and do things that would have been the undoing of anyone else.

He was a man of wonderful magnetism and reached up and down the scale of life in helping men, the highest and the humblest. His sympathy for people in trouble of any kinds brought into action all he had, and brought out the real greatness of his nature. The greatness is nowhere the better shown than in helping with our all those who are in sin and shame and sorrow. This he did on every occasion.

His humor, wit and pathos, together with his strong intellectual powers and fine oratorical ability, put him in great demand for lectures, speeches, dedications of churches, and school and college commencements all over the state and beyond. It is highly probable that he did more of his kind of work than any man in the South Carolina Conference.

He left nothing written all his lectures and speeches and sermons were worked out in his heart and head, and were recorded only in the minds and hearts of his hearers and in the books of God. In every charge he ever served his popularity took in all people of whatever Church. The Negroes, for whom he often preached, idolized him.

His sermons were remarkable in that they reached up to the strongest mind in the audience and down to the lowest, and thus he got hold of all. He was one of the finest preachers of our land, and at times climbed to marvelous heights of eloquence and power.

There were always brains and gospel and pathos and the way to Christ in every sermon he preached-and he loved to preach.

He was strong in his moral character, true as steel in his friendships, unwavering in his faith and courage, devoted to the work of the Lord, ready to help any man that was down, and as gentle and guileless and unsuspicious as a little child.

“Jesse Clifton”-that is how he has been called and that is the way he will be remembered by the people at large. On the recommendation of some of the most literary men in Charleston, SC, Rutherford College, NC, conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon him when he was pastor of Bethel Church. But the public had long before given him that title and the higher one of “Jesse Clifton”. It is only to remarkable men who are too great for titles to hang on to them that the people will give pet names. Unborn children will have handed down to them the sayings and doings of “Jesse Clifton”.

On November 24, 1868, Dr. Clifton was married to Miss Mary E Hicklin, daughter of Dr W J Hicklin, a prominent physician of Chester County. They were devoted to each other through all of their married life, and she stood by him with the truest heroism in all of his itinerant career. Two people could not have been better suited to each other as man and wife than they. Sr. Jesse A Clifton, Jr., Mrs. Mary C Kelly, J Sam Clifton, Hon. John Hicklin Clifton, Mrs. Josephine Camp, and Mrs. Kate M Hill are their living children. They have one buried at Newberry, and one at Greenville, who died in infancy.

He was elected by the South Carolina Conference as a delegate to the last four General Conferences, where he rendered efficient service.

“Jesse Clifton” was perhaps the most universally popular and beloved member of the South Carolina Conference. For years one of the features of the South Carolina Conference was his speech on the resolution of thanks for the entertainment of the Conference.

Dr Clifton fell asleep without a struggle while sitting in a chair in the parsonage at Marion; his ever faithful wife was at his side, fanning him at the time. The interment was at Sumter, and people came from different parts of the State to pay their respects to his memory. Camp Glover, Confederate Veterans, Orangeburg, of which he was a chaplain; and the Board of Stewards of the Orangeburg station, where he ad served the previous four years and was exceedingly popular, sent delegations. The funeral services partook of the nature of a memorial service and many high and loving tributes were paid to his memory. Dr C C Brown, pastor of the Baptist church at Sumter, and the Methodist churches at Marion and Orangeburg held memorial services, and various charges throughout the Conference have passed resolutions in memory of “Jesse Clifton”

Marion Dargan”

contributed by Allyson Lee antha71@yahoo.com

John W. WIlkes
Eli C. WIlkes

died 1863 Virginia
William Thomas Wilkes
killed on June 9th, 1863 in the Brandy Station cavalry battle on that day

Contributed by Bob James rfj@thermafloengineering.com

Company E

Charles Allen Hill
Fox Cemetery

Charles Allen Hill

Captain J. R. Hill
June 15, 1818 – November 22, 1891
Fox Cemetery

Captain J.R. Hill

David Ross
born 19 Feb. 1831 in Orangeburg, SC.  
He died 30 Oct. 1909 in Atmore, Escambia, Alabama.  
He was married to Mary Dorrity (sp).

Contributed by Bruce Ross     sbross1@charter.net

Madison P Way
b. 24 Dec 1826. He transferred to Co. A, 5th SC Cavalry, on 26
Mar 1863. d. 10 May 1896, and buried at Jerusalem Methodist Church, Elloree, SC.
submitted by Fred Knudsen Columbia, SC

John M. Hussey
born 1835 in St. George, SC.
He was the son of Simeon Hussey and Ann C. Moorer. .
John M. Hussey died July 13, 1863 from wounds at Gettysburg.
He was married to Mary Ann C. Strobel.  
He had two children, John W. Hussey and Ann E. Hussey.
John M. Hussey’s body was never recovered.

Jonas Durant Stroble
born July 28, 1842 in St. George, SC.
He died on February 15, 1924 in Graniteville, Aiken County, SC.  
He was the son of David Stroble and Sarah A. Spell of St. George, SC. 
Jonas Durant Stroble was married after the War to Isabell unknown.
He had 7 children.  
Jonas was buried in Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, SC, with his full uniform and saber.  This is from an eyewitness account by his grandson, Joseph Lawton Stroble II.   
Jonas Durant Stroble was the brother of Mary Ann C. Stroble, who was the wife of John M. Hussey above

Contributed by Robert Bryan Aldrich aldrichr@rocsoft.net

W.D. Shrirer
W. D. Shirer was listed in the 1860 census as age 18 and from Orangeburg, SC. He enlisted in the South Carolina forces in November 1861. Listed in the Official records as wounded at Chancellorsville in May 1863; he was in fact wounded in the East Field Cavalry action at Gettysburg in July 1863; according to personal recollections of J.P. Malone, also of the 1st. SC Cavalry.

Shirer died in a Yankee hospital a few weeks later, having been left behind during the Southern pull back. His internment is unknown.

Lewis Robert Carn Howell
born December 12, 1823 in St. George, SC and died October 22, 1898, buried in Indian Fields Methodist Church Cemetery, Rosinville, SC.  Oldest son of Joseph Hardy Howell and Louisa Carn.   Married Sarah E. Reeves, born February 8, 1831 in
Cottageville, SC and died July 25, 1915 and buried with her husband.  11 known children and many descendants.

Charles S. Rigby
born November 30, 1840 near Reevesville, Colleton District, SC and died July 5, 1904 and buried in the Reevesville Baptist Church Cemetery, Reevesville, SC.   Son of William Washington Rigby and Elizabeth Hussey, widow of John Grimes. Charles S. Rigby married Amanda Griffith, born July 14, 1845 and died October 13, 1913 and buried with her husband. There are no known descendants.

Joel George Washington Wimberly
born June 10, 1838 and died April 30, 1885.  Buried in Indian Fields Methodist Church Cemetery, Rosinville, SC.  Son of Captain Isaac Wimberly.  No known spouse.

Contributed by Robert Bryan Aldrich 2/26/2002

Company F

Private Sargent Daniel Anthony
Born May 1846
Enlisted 20 April 1864 in Columbia, SC
died in North Carolina in the Fork of the Yadkin Huhonor River on the 18th of April 1865 of chills & remittent fever & congestive chill at the age of 18 years 11 months & 9 days old.

Although his name appears as L.D. in the Broadfoot roster and some other sources, his actual name is S.D. Anthony, Sargent Daniel Anthony. He was the oldest brother of my great-grandmother Vashti Elizabeth “Betty” Anthony Hendricks. I had searched for him in rosters for a number of months before I realized that “L.D” must be referring to him, and then I found an entry in the records of Griffin Baptist Church in Pickens County, SC that mentioned the unit he served with. I thereupon sent off for his service record, and sure enough, a couple of pages in his record had L.D. at the top, but most of them said S.D; it was just a transcriber’s error.
Sargent Daniel Anthony 1st South Carolina Cavalry, Co. F

Son of: Henry Jacob Anthony and Averilla Griffin Anthony

Additional notes: From entry in Griffin Baptist Church records September 10[?], 1865: “Griffin Baptist Church met at the water and after Bro. B. Holder baptized Mary A black girl living at R. Hills the church & congregation assembled at the house when Bro Thos Gary preached the funerel of Sargeant Daniel Anthony who died in North Carolina in the Fork of the Yadkin Huhonor River on the 18th of April A.D. 1865 of chills & remittent fever & congestive chill at the age of 18 years 11 months & 9 days old. Bro Holder also delivered a discourse on the death of S.D. Anthony from the same text of Scripture, vz. James, 4 chapt 14th verse part vz. What is your life. “The deceased was a member of Co. F 1st S.C. Cavelry comded by Col. Black he was Brave in Battle beloved by his comrades in arms and we hope he is now in the Army of king Jesus.” Additional notes: From family history of Ed Hendricks, written in 1915: “Bud Anthony, soldier. Sargent Anthony was told by his captain that he was a coward when he told him he was unable to stand guard & Sargent said rather than be counted a coward he’d stand guard if it killed him & it caused his death. Bud Anthony had a relapse of measles in the army & died on his way home.”

Sources: Confederate service record and records of Griffin Baptist Church, Pickens County, SC

Contributed by Mary-Hope Villela maryhope2@aol.com

Private Butler Burrell (1826-1863)
Company F 1st South Carolina Cavalry
Killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863 between the “Round Tops” and the “Wheat Field”.
His death was witnessed by his brother Private Bright Burrell also of Company F.

Contributed by Charles Robbins chrobbins@InfoAve.Net

E. V. Nicholson
Company F 1st South Carolina Cavalry
interred at
Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery
198 Camp Chatuga Rd
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Tombstone Inscription Transcribed As Follows:
OCT 1, 1844 – NOV 19, 1902

Contributed by Misty Belt mistybelt@yahoo.com

Company G

G.W. Woodhurst
Age 26 died: 18 July 1862 James Island, SC
Died of Disease (Typhoid)
It also says he died on the horseshoe at the SC State hospital.
Cited in BROKEN FORTUNES, South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors & Citizens who died in the service of their country and then state in the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865 by Randolph W. Kirkland [South Carolina Historical Society, 1995].

Also his brother,
Andrew Jackson Woodhurst
They were both from Abbeville, SC.

Contributed by Patricia Childers pchilders@WCTEL.NET

Company I

Interred at the Ackerman Cemetery, Colleton County, South Carolina:

John G. Ackerman
He transferred from Co. C, 5th SC Cavalry, in exchange with Thomas C. MOORE, on 12 Oct 1863. He was a resident of Colleton District.

Thomas C. Moore
He transferred to Co. C, 5th SC Cavalry, in exchange with John G Ackerman, on 12 Oct 1863.

A.W. Rumph
He was previously a first lieutenant in Smith’s Co. (Beech Hill Rangers), 1st (Martin’s) SC Mounted Militia, in state service from Sep 1861-Feb 1862. He was probably a resident of Colleton District.

Contributed by:  Fred Knudsen Columbia, SC

Joseph O. Ackerman

A. L. A. Bridge

Jacob Cattles

H. C. Rhode
April 27, 1840 – January 17, 1904

Captain John R. P. Fox
November 16, 1826-June 1, 1896
Fox Cemetery

Lieutenant Isaiah Irvin Fox
april 5, 1841-April 19, 1878
“Member of the Bar”
Live Oak Cemetery
Walterboro, SC 29488

Contributed by Dot       DFW111453@cs.com

Sergeant Lucius Jordan
April 14, 1842-September 19, 1896
“Gone but not forgotten”
Jordan Cemetery

Company K

John W. Morris 
Lived in Chester, South Carolina and enlisted in Company K 1st South Carolina Cavalry in September of 1861 along with his brother-in-law, William Stone.

He was born on 5 April 1833. He married Mary Ann (Mollie) last name unknown on 5 September 1854. They had no children.

He was wounded on 5 February 1865 in a skirmish on the Combahee River in South Carolina. He lost one finger and the entire use of his right hand. After the war he and Mollie moved to Georgia in 1868 where they lived for the remainder of their lives. He died on 7 March 1914 and is buried at Union Campground Cemetery in Carroll County, Georgia.

Contributed by William Stone        stone_17299@msn.com

Joseph Monroe Minter
served in the First South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, Co “D”, organized in 1861,
and then in 1862, as the 1st South Carolina Cavalry Regiment , Co “K”.
born Feb. 17, 1830
married Mary Ann Harden in 1854
and had six children before the war and two after.
He survived his service with no injuries and resumed farming in the Chester County, SC area and lived there until his death on Oct 11, 1908.

Contributed by John Minter minter55@earthlink.net

Col. John Logan Black

circa 1863

Col. Black’s grave is located in Ridgeway, SC


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