Townsend, Dan A., Captain
Officers Townsend, Dan A., CaptainThomson, Erastus, 1st Lieutenant
NonCommissioned Officers Briggs, William Robert, Sergeant, born about 1847
Privates Bentley, Hughey, born about 1848Coffield, S. H., died 19 Feb 1865, buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston Crawford, "Bud", died November 1864, when the trestle at Alston gave way and part of the train fell into the river, before they reached Charleston Eison, Maddison Fowler, John "Fiddler" Gault, J. G. Gault, Thomas Garner, James T.. born about 1849 Gault, L. Johnson, born 22 Apr 1848, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged 11 Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC Greer Sr, Jason M., born 1804, died 1891, buried Sardis Cemetery, Union Greer, Jason M., enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC Greer, Jefferson T. J., born 23 Jun 1847, enlisted Nov 1864. discharged 9 Apr 1865, Union, SC Harmon, Samuel, enlisted Sep 1864, discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC. He died 6 June 1900. He married Mary J., 6 Dec 1874 and died before 1919 Hamilton, Peter Parkham, born about 1847, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged 20 May 1865, Spartanburg, SC. He married Angie, 19 Nov 1873, and died 30 Dec 1917 Harris, William H., born 28 Feb 1848, enlisted Nov 1864. discharged May 1865, Spartanburg, SC Horn, Franklin, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC. He died 6 Jan 1881. He married Cynthia, 29 Sep 1871, and died before 1919 Hyatt, John C.. He married Amanda and died before 1919 Jeter, Cornelius Legare, Daniel Legare, Thomas Long, James Gideon, born 19 Nov 1847, Jonesville Twp., Union District, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC. and died 20 Jan 1921, Union. Post-war, Sheriff of Union County Mabry, Robert, born 4 Oct 1848, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged 20Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC McKissick, Joseph H., born about 1849 McNease, John, born about 1849 McNoone(?), J., admitted to Wayside (1st Louisana) Confederate Hospital, Charleston on 31 Dec 1864 for Ulcers of Leg. Paulk, Isaac K., born 16 Dec 1848, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC Rochester, Richard D., born about 1847, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC. He died 22 Mar 1919. He married Julia, 4 Jan 1877. and died before 1919 Rodger, James H., born about 1847 Sanders, John W., born 1848, enlisted Sep 1864. discharged Jan 1865, Grahamville, SC Sanders, Joseph Sartor, Henry Sims, Charles, born about 1849 Smith, James W., born 15 Feb 1848, enlisted Sept or Oct 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Chester, SC Tracy, William Thomas, Sims Thomson, William E. " Billy ", born 21 Nov 1848, enlisted Nov 1864. discharged Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC Wood, Samuel M., born 1 Feb 1848 , enlisted 24 Nov 1864. discharged 9 Apr 1865, Spartanburg, SC
Current Newspaper Articlae Captain Dan Townsend Was Leader Of 16 Year Olds In War Between The States
When Sherman began his famous "March to the Sea" South Carolina had already
called out every able bodied man between the ages of 18 and 45. More soldiers
were needed and the only thing the state could do to protect her homes was to
call out the "old men" and the boys.
The Male Academy in Union was in the hands of D. A. Townsend, a capable teacher
and a man of character. In the spring of 1862, he had enlisted in the
Confederate army and was stationed on James Island. After some time spent in
malarial districts, his health failed, his father brought him home and hired a
substitute for him. In 1864, he came to Union, hoping to regain his health. He
was much improved by up country climate and when this last desperate call came
from the state department, he at once offered his services to his country.
A company was formed immediately. The 16 year olds boys of the Male Academy of
Union district were promptly enrolled and D. A. Townsend, the school master,
was chosen captain. The roll as we have it from the memory of the members of
the company stands thus:
Tragedy almost befell the company before they reached Charleston. On their way,
the trestle at Alston gave way and part of the train fell into the river. "Bud"
Crawford was killed instantly and some 10 to 15 were hurt, with Captain
Townsend narrowly escaping from death."
1914 issue of the Union Times
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