Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Gists in:
 • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery
 • Columbia
 • Richland County
 • South Carolina
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
BG States Rights Gist
Birth: Sep. 3, 1831
Union County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 30, 1864
Williamson County
Tennessee, USA

Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He was born in Union, South Carolina, and was a graduate of South Carolina College and the Harvard University Law School. An attorney in his home state, he became active in the militia, and rose to state Brigadier General in 1859. His brother Joseph was also a Brigadier of the militia and was a Major in the Fifteenth South Carolina. His cousin, William Henry Gist, was Governor of South Carolina during the war. Governor Gist's son, William, was also a Major of the Fifteenth and was killed in action at Knoxville. Knowing that war was on the horizon, he prepared South Carolinians for war. After South Carolina seceded, as state adjutant and inspector general he acquired arms for and oversaw the bombardment of Fort Sumter. As a volunteer aide to South Carolina Brigadier General Barnard E. Bee, he witnessed the First Battle of Bull Run, and on Bee's death the day after the battle assumed temporary command of his brigade. After returning to South Carolina and duties as adjutant general, he received appointment as a Confederate Brigadier General on March 20, 1862, and was sent to state coastal defenses commanded by Major General John C. Pemberton. On Pemberton's encirclement at Vicksburg, Mississippi, he joined General Joseph Johnston's failed relief expedition to the city. His reassignment to the Army of Tennessee and combat duty at Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and the battle for Atlanta followed. He commanded a brigade in Major General John C. Brown's division during General John B. Hood's Franklin and Nashville Campaign. In the assault on the Federal center at the Battle of Franklin, while leading his troops on foot, he was killed, thus becoming 1 of 6 Confederate generals to die as a result of the fight. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
Family links: 
  Nathaniel Gist (1776 - 1861)
  Elizabeth Lewis McDaniel Gist (1796 - 1859)
  Jane Margaret Adams Gist Brooks (1841 - 1911)*
  Sarah Francis Gist Gist (1816 - 1868)*
  Joseph Fincher Gist (1818 - 1890)*
  William Crawford Gist (1827 - 1875)*
  States Rights Gist (1831 - 1864)
  James Dugan Gist (1833 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Killed in battle
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery
Richland County
South Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 09, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9069
BG States Rights Gist
Added by: John Nash
BG States Rights Gist
Added by: Janet Greentree
BG States Rights Gist
Added by: Burl Kennedy
There are 5 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Drifter ♥
 Added: Mar. 14, 2017
God Bless your memory Sir. Rest in Peace and Thanks for your boundless courage and valor beyond belief.
- Gary K. Butler, fmrly Ssgt USAF
 Added: Feb. 12, 2017
Deo Vindice, Resurgam
- Eddie Inman
 Added: Jan. 17, 2017
There are 494 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 71 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service