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Col Oliver Evans Edwards
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Birth: Nov. 9, 1819
Death: Jun. 21, 1863

Civil War Confederate Officer. At the commencement of the war in 1861, Oliver Evans Edwards was a representative in the South Carolina Legislature where he was the Chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs. The former militia officer resigned from this public office to become a volunteer aide to then Colonel Micah Jenkins of the 5th South Carolina Infantry. In September of 1861, he was commissioned the colonel of the 13th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, and led this command through the battles around Richmond and the Maryland Campaign. He was among the slightly wounded at Second Manassas. In the wake of the death of Brigadier General Maxcy Gregg at Fredericksburg, friends of Edwards engaged in efforts to see him fill this now open brigadier's slot. These efforts failed when Samuel McGowan received the promotion to brigadier general instead. Among the scenes of the battle of Chancellorsville was Colonel Edwards "walking along the top of the works waving his sword to encourage his men". Beyond brave, he made a conspicuous target, and in doing so, he was shot down by a bullet to his shoulder. Removed from the field, his initial prognosis was positive for a full recovery. His wife traveled to his bedside to offer care and to see him return safely to South Carolina for further recuperation. Instead of healing, his health deteriorated on the journey to his native South Carolina and it was decided to remove the waning Edwards from the train in Goldsboro, North Carolina. There he died of his wounds on June 21, 1863. 
 
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  Rebecca Jane Gary Boyd (1828 - 1912)*
 
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Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Spartanburg
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Plot: Plot 26, Area C
 
Created by: Stonewall
Record added: Jul 27, 2009
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Col Oliver Evans Edwards
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