Capt Thomas J. Warren


Capt Thomas J. Warren

Death 2 Jul 1863
Cenotaph Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section 13
Memorial ID 23618272 View Source

Civil War Confederate Officer. This Camden, South Carolina native was an editor of a newspaper before the war. Described as "honest, genial and enthusiastic, intelligent and pious", Warren "stood among the most influential citizens" of Camden. Prior to leaving for the seat-of-war, he stroked the patriotic passions of the men that he would in time lead off to war: "Young Carolinians, nerve your hearts and bare your arms to strike for your alters and your fires, be prepared to do your duty."

He was commissioned a Captain on August 19, 1861 after raising a company of volunteers. All were assigned to the 15th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. Captain Warren would command this famed regiment at momentary times thenceforth.

During the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, he was elevated to acting Major after the death of Colonel William Davie DeSaussure. Like his commanding officer, Warren too would ultimately be killed-in-action at Gettysburg. He received a gunshot in the forehead while leading his command against the Union forces in the Rose Woods.

He was buried on the "George Rose's farm, under [a] pear tree; opposite the house in orchard" originally. His remains were transferred to Charleston, South Carolina in 1871, and re-interred in Magnolia Cemetery. The marker in the Old Quaker Cemetery is a cenotaph.

Received the following via email:

"The Camden Confederate
Friday, July 17, 1863
Capt. Thomas J. Warren Fell, in one of the bloody battles recently fought in Pennsylvania, Captain Thomas J. Warren of Company D, 15th Regiment SCV, in the 39th year of age. We feel that we only give utterance to the universal sentiment of the community, when we express the profound grief with which we make this announcement. A native of the town of Camden, Capt. Warren passed here his youth and the brief years of his manhood. Too well and favorably known to ask any eulogium at our hands, we yet would offer a slight tribute to the devoted patriot, the upright citizen, the pure and zealous christain. For, not without consolation to themselves can his friends recall the incidents of his life, not without advantage to others, make them known. He was thrown early in life upon his own resources; with fine natural abilities but with comparatively small advantages from early education - the ordinary English branches being all for which he was indebted to the schools. But with a noble ambition, resolute will and unswerving probity, he set about to become the architect of his own fortune. A fortune which if it did not embrace great wealth or honors, yet secured for him the confidence and respect of all and an influence throughout the District at once extensive and enviable. Since 1845 he has been connected
with the "Camden Journal" for the greater part of the period as editor and proprietor, and he always endeavored with all his power to wield the influence of his position for the public good. No measures affecting the prosperity and welfare of our town ever wanted an ardent advocate, when his voice could be heard. NO South Carolinian gloried more in the proud history and position of his State, or strove more earnestly to maintain and elevate it, than he did. No one felt more keenly or resented more warmly every aggression of Federal upon State authority than he whom we mourn today.As a consequence his was one of the earliest voices that greeted the banner of secession; and following up his words by his actions he raised a company, nearly two years ago and engaged actively in the strife, from the attack on Port Royal to the battle of Gettysburg, where he fell. At various times he was called upon to fill offices of honor and trust, both municipal and district, which he performed with credit to himself and with advantage to those whom he served. A useful citizen, a devoted patriot-he was more: he was a pure and upright Christian; and while as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he was warmly attached to the forms of worship and government of that organization, his heart, unhampered by any tinge of sectarian bigotry, was large enough to comprehend in its love all that was pure and noble and good, let it emenate from whence it might.In the benevolent and charitable movements of the day, among others the great temperance reform, he was an ever active and untiring laborer. Characterized by an ardent earnestness, he did whatever his hands found to do with his whole might. Cut off in the very prime of manhood, and in the very midst of usefulness, he has left a character and a history fraught with lessons of hope and encouragement to others. All will bear testimony to that fact."

Same as/see also Capt Thomas J Warren.


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