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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born S. C.)

Thomas O. Barnwell

(Ap'd S. C.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1830, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1834.

Second Lieut., 3d Infantry, Oct. 17, 1835.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Towson, in the Indian Territory, 1834‑37.

Resigned, Oct. 31, 1837.

Civil History. — Planter, Beaufort, S. C., 1837‑61.

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

Civil History. — Planter, Beaufort, S. C., 1866‑79.

Died, Feb. 4, 1879, at Beaufort, S. C.: Aged 64.

Thayer's Note:

a The Southern Historical Society Papers has "no trace" of him as having served the Confederacy; but Andrew Pesonen, a more careful student of such things, writes me otherwise. Condensing and paraphrasing, he writes me that Assistant Surgeon Thomas Osborn Barnwell joined Stuart's Company, South Carolina Artillery (Beaufort Volunteer Artillery) in May 1863 and served with the battery to the end of the war. An old U. S. Army unit, the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery reorganized during the War Between the States as the Beaufort Light Artillery in early 1862 and served in various locations along the coast attached to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The unit suffered light casualties at Pinckney Island and Coosawhatchie, and in April 1863 was involved in the capture of the Federal steamer George Washington. It was later stationed at Pocotaligo and in December 1864 at Coosawhatchie with 108 men. In January 1865, the battery was assigned to B. H. Robertson's Brigade, then it served in Rhett's Battalion of Artillery, Army of Tennessee. It participated in the North Carolina Campaign and surrendered in April 1865.

After the war Barnwell settled in Adams Run in Christ Church Parish near modern day Mount Pleasant, establishing a medical practice and partnering with his brother Edward planting rice.

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