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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1850

Vol. II

(Born S. C.)

William R. Calhoun

(Ap'd at Large)


Born July 22, 1827, Abbeville, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1850, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Dragoons, July 1, 1850.

On leave of absence, July 1, 1850, to Apr. 21, 1851.

Resigned, Apr. 26, 1851.

Civil History. — Planter, near Pendleton, S. C., 1851‑52, and 1853‑57. Major, Staff (Chief of Ordnance of the State of South Carolina), 1852‑53, — Captain, South Carolina Militia, 1853‑57, — and Col., Staff (Aide-de‑Camp to Governor Manning of South Carolina), 1852‑53. First Secretary to the United States Legation at Paris, France, Sep. 17, 1857, to Oct. 4, 1859, and from Nov. 17, 1860, to Mar. 4, 1861; and Chargé d'Affaires of the United States to the Court of the Tuileries, Oct. 4, 1859, to Nov. 17, 1860.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Died, Sep. 22, 1862, at Charleston, S. C.: Aged 35.

Buried, First Baptist Churchyard, Abbeville, SC.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; for which — and other interesting information — see the Find-a‑Grave page linked to above.

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