Officers Kay, James Doran, Captain, born 27 May 1816, died 10 Jan 1887 of pneumonia in Oconee County, and is buried in Westminster Baptist Cemetery, Oconee DistrictVerner, William H., 1st Lieutenant, born about 1847 Robinson, Alexander, 2nd Lieutenant, born about 1844 Tribble, James R., 2nd Lieutenant, born about 1847 Harris, L. W., 3rd Lieutenant Roper, David H., Lieutenant, born about 1846
NonCommissioned Officers Keese, Edwin E., 1st Sergeant, born about 1846Reeder, John L., Sergeant, born about 1846 Russell, E. A., Ordely Sergeant Dickson, John L., Corporal, born about 1846 Ford, W. W., Corporal Looper, Solomon, Corporal, born about 1815, lived in Dacusville TWP
Privates Abbott, Wilbourn, born about 1848Allen, E. H. Beaty, J. M. Belcher, Edward Bomer, J. D. Brady, W. J. Brown, William M., born about 1846 born in Pickens District, now Oconee County, near South Union. He was was sworn into service at Sandy Springs, August 1864, was in charge of the Commissary and was honorably discharged at Greensboro, N. C., 26 April 1865. He died at the home of his son 29 Nov 1919 and was buried in the cemetery at South Union, Oconee County. Caldwell, J. C. Calhoun, J. D. Carpenter, A. Belton C., born about 1847 Carson, Ed Cason ( Casen ), W. C. Cater, E. B. Cely, J. F., also served in company H Cleveland, William S., born about 1847 Clinkscales, Abner Lewis, born in Anderson District, 29 Jan 1847. He volunteered in the spring of 1864. "He was sworn in service at Sandy Springs, South Carolina in Captain Lester's Company F. In about three months, the company elected J. D. Kay as Captain. They then went in Cavalry service and were known as Barnett's Battalion. They drilled at Fair Play about two months. From there they went to Augusta then to Savannah. They went from there to North Carolina, where they heard of the surrender." Cole, Frank M. Cromer, Ezra Durham, Loranza R., born 1847 in Pickens District and died 11 Feb 1920 in Pickens District Dyer, Noel Freeman, Wellburn ( Wilbourne ) J., born about 1853 Gaillard, Leroy L. Gambrell, John Pegg ( J. F. ) was born in Brushey Creek Township, Anderson County, 20 June 1847 Gaston, Joel R. P., born about 1846 Hall, Jesse M., born about 1847 Harbin ( Harben ), E. Nathaniel (Nat) Harbin, John A., born about 1847 Harris, John C., born about 1848 Harrison, Franklin, born about 1847 Hayes, Bird S. Hix ( Hicks ), W. J. Holcombe, William H., born about 1847 Hopkins, W. T., died 4 Jan 1865 and is buried in Confederate Enclosure (Section E) of Elmwood Cemtery, Columbia Isbell, William, born about 1846 Jenkins, Francis Trenmore ( F. J. ), born 13 Oct 1846, Chauga Creek, Pickens District (now Oconee County). married Frances Catheran MCWHORTER, 8 Nov 1870. died 27 Sep 1928, and buried at Hopewell Methodist Church, Oconee County Jenkins, William F., born about 1846 Jennings, David W. Keys, A. C. King, W. Henry Knox, R. C. Looper ( Looker ), James P., born about 1846 Lyles, James Turner, born 1846, died 30 May 1925 Marrett, J. P. Mason, Robert E. ( Bob ), born about 1847 Price, William R., born about 1847 Reeder, John L.was born in Oconee County, S.C., near South Union Church in the year 31 Jan 1847. He volunteered for service in August 1864, going first to Sandy Springs in Company H, held rank of sergeant during service. They made their headquarters at Fair Play, S.C. and guarded all crossings on the Tugaloo River, commencing at Hotter's Ford, then to Knox's Bridge, Jenkins' Ferry and to Tunnell [sic] Hill; from there to Smithfield, N.C. and other places until they came to Greensboro, N.C. and here they stayed until the surrender 26 April 1865. He reached home the 7 May 1865. Silton, John D. Simmons, T. B. Smith, William M. ( Bill ) Stribling, John B. (V.), held rank of sergeant during service in Companu H Thacker, John J. Webb, J. W.
Notes:A eulogy for "Doran" Kay appeared in the 12 Jan 1887 issue of Keowee Courier. Also some paraphrased data attributed to Vandiver's History of Anderson County and the series War of the Rebellion describes Doran Kay having a detachment of 66 men (boys) described as Mounted SC Reserves stationed near Coosawhatchie SC near the coast. His company was organised in the summer of 1864 at Sandy Springs, Anderson County, and was drilled for a short while at Fair Play by Walter Gray, a cadet. His company was ordered to Savannah but was detoured to Grahamville and engaged in the Battle of Honey Hill, also Dingle Mill and Boykins Mill. Captain Kay's signature is on four orders for "requisition for forage", all dated Sep 1864 while stationed at Anderson C H guarding ferries on the Savannah River and also guarding prisoners in Florence. The Company disbanded in NC at the end of the war. Supplied by: Wm Don Kay, Charleston SC
Note:This must be the "most Independent" group of Rebels of them all. They are never referred to as 2nd Battalion or even company F, but alwyas as Doran Kay's or Kay's Cavalary. The dedication of his troopers to their captain must have been immense. Bil
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