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Col John Bunyan Davis
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Birth: May 10, 1826
Winnsboro
Fairfield County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1899
South Carolina, USA


John Bunyon Davis was born on May 10th, 1826, in Fairfield District, South Carolina, the son of the Reverand Jonathan Davis and Rebecca Kincaid. In his youth he was educated at the Mount Zion Academy in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and following graduation from that institute he was appointed to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, as a Cadet from South Carolina on July 1st, 1845. He remained only a short time at the Military Academy as he failed to make the required grade in Mathematics and left the Academy in 1846. After returning home he took up the study of Medicine and graduated from Medical School, opening a Medical Practice in Fairfield District, South Carolina, which he ran until the Secession of South Carolina in December of 1860.

In January of 1861 with others of Fairfield District he organized and was appointed as Captain of a Company of the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment under the command of Colonel Maxcy Gregg. When the Regiment's original term of service expired he returned to Fairfield and organized the "Monticello Guards" which was assigned as Company E of the 15th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment and was elected as the Captain of the Company. He served with the Company from 1861 to 1863 in all the engagements and campaigns which it took part in. He was promoted to Colonel sometime after July of 1863 following the death of Colonel William D. DeSaussure at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and lead the Regiment, and often the Brigade, throughout the remainder of the War. On April 9th, 1865, near Greensboro, North Carolina, the Regiment was consolidated with the 7th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry and elements of the 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th South Carolina Reserve Regiments and was designated as the 7th South Carolina Consoliated Infantry Regiment, and Colonel Davis was assigned to command of the consolidated Regiment of Veterans. With this command he was surrendered on April 26th, 1865, at Durham Station, North Carolina, when the Confederate Forces under General Joseph E. Johnston were surrendered, and he received his paroled on May 2nd, 1865, at Greensboro, North Carolina.

Following the War he returned home to Fairfield County and resumed his Medical practice. Colonel Davis died on November 26th, 1899, and was buried at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina.

In the "History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert he wrote that "Colonel Davis was one among the best tacticians in the command; had a soldierly appearance tall, well-developed, a commanding voice, and an all round good officer." 
 
Burial:
Saint Johns Episcopal Cemetery
Winnsboro
Fairfield County
South Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Kenneth Robison II
Record added: Apr 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35778416
Col John Bunyan Davis
Added by: Kenneth Robison II
 
Col John Bunyan Davis
Added by: Kenneth Robison II
 
Col John Bunyan Davis
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