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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1828

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Thomas F. Drayton​1

(Ap'd S. C.)


Thomas Fenwick Drayton: Born Aug. 24, 1808, Charleston, SC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1823, to July 1, 1828, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1828.

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1828.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828‑30, — and Newport, Ky., 1831‑32; and on Topographical duty, June 26, 1832, to Aug. 15, 1836.

Resigned, Aug. 15, 1836.

Civil History. — Resident Engineer, Charleston, S. C., Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, O., projected Railroad, 1836‑38. Captain, South Carolina Militia, 1842‑47. Planter, St. Luke's Parish, S. C., 1838‑61. Member of the Board of Ordnance of the State of South Carolina, 1851‑52. Member of the Senate of the State of South Carolina, 1853‑56. President of Charleston, S. C., and Savannah, Ga., Railroad, 1853‑61, — and Chief Engineer of the same Road, 1854‑57.

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

Civil History. — Farmer, Dooly County, Ga., 1866‑72. Agent of Life and Fire Insurance Companies, 1872‑78. President of the South Carolina Immigration Association (operating also in North Carolina), since 1878. Residence, Charlotte, N. C.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died at Florence, S. C., Feb. 18, 1891: Aged 83.º

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1891, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte, NC.

The Author's Note:

1 Named Thomas Drayton when he was graduated. Was the son of Col. William Drayton, a distinguished Member of Congress, 1825‑33.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; but the interesting obituary in the Report of the Twenty-Second Annual Reunion of the Association of Graduates, referenced in the Supplement a bit further on, makes up the deficiency.

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