From Deborah G. Dennis of James Island
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Hundreds of my relatives served as soldiers during the Civil War, but one had an especially interesting connection to Charleston. He is Pvt. Joshua Richard Goodwin Jr. of Company A, 21st Alabama Infantry Regiment.
William H. Sanders, my great-great-grandfather and the grandfather of Charlestonian John Henry Bevis Sr., smuggled his regiment's flag from his surrender at Appomattox by concealing it under his uniform.
My great-grandfather was William A. Burns, Private Company A, 12th Regiment, Gregg's Brigade, South Carolina Volunteers, A.P. Hill's Light Division, Army of Northern Virginia Confederate States of America.
Though my husband has ancestors who fought as Confederate soldiers, my ancestor's contribution to The Cause came through his Wichmann Tailor Shop business on the northwest corner of Meeting and Queen streets.
Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan was born of Scotch-Irish parentage near Cross Hill in Laurens County on Oct. 9, 1819. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1841, studied law with T. C. Perrin in 1842, was admitted to the Bar in the fall of 1842 and embarked upon the practice of law at Abbeville.
On Dec. 13, 1862, the Army of the Potomac under General Ambrose Burnside attacked my great-great-great-grandfather Lawrence Marye's home, (Brompton) at Marye's Heights, during the battle of Fredericksburg.