Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He graduated from West Point in 1828, where he formed a lifelong friendship with Jefferson Finis Davis. In 1836, Drayton resigned his commission from the Army, to run his plantation and served as South Carolina State Legislator. When the Civil War began, Confederate President Jefferson Finis Davis commissioned him a Brigadier General in September 1861. Placed in command of the military district at Port Royal, South Carolina, he was unable to defend the post against a Union Naval attack. He led his brigade at the Battles of Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam. In 1863, he was assigned in command of the Trans-Mississippi Department, led a brigade in the District of Arkansas and later commanded the Sub-district of Texas. After the war, he became a farmer in Georgia, then moved to North Carolina, where he worked as a life insurance agent.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith