Thomas Fenwick Drayton


Thomas Fenwick Drayton Famous memorial

Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 18 Feb 1891 (aged 82)
Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section H, Lot 56 E1/2, Grave 1
Memorial ID 10859 View Source

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

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  • Added: 11 Jul 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Fenwick Drayton (24 Aug 1808–18 Feb 1891), Find a Grave Memorial ID 10859, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .