DeSaussure Light Artillery
The Palmetto Battalion,
The Palmetto Light Artillery Battalion
Field Officers: Colonel Edward B. White; Lieutenant Colonel William H. Campbell.
Organized in December 1861;
The companies of this battalion were frequently detached to operate independently
of the battalion; Serving in Charleston were Companies A, D, E, G, H, I,
and K; Companies A, G, H, I, and K, surrendered with the Army of the Tennessee;
Companies D, E, and F were disbanded after the evacuation of Charleston;
Company B served in Jackson, Atlanta, Tennessee, and North Carolina, surrendering
26 April 1865; Company C served in Charleston, Jackson, Chickamauga,
and Mobile, surrendering in May 1865.
The regiment participated in the following battles:
Roll of the Officers
& Privates of the DeSaussure Light Artillery
The above roster transcription and the information
from the scrapbook that you will find below was donated to the SCSumter,
The items that you will read below were pasted in an 1809 accounts book that was used as a scrapbook by Anna Charlotte Loring during the War.
OUR IMMORTAL DEAD
The shouts of victory from our gallant army, before Richmond, have scarcely passed from our ears, before the loud wail of grief for the dead follows it. Our Confederacy iscrowned with victory, but deep sorrow has penetrated many a peaceful and happy home. The telegraph brings us the sad intelligence, that many have fallen in the great struggle, who but a short time since were among us, full of life, nerved with patriotism and buoyant with hope... Capt. Leonard W. Bartlett was severely wounded in the battle of the 30th June and expired while being carried to Richmond. He left Chapel Hill College before graduation to join Capt. Richardson's Company, then in service on Morris' Island as a private, and served as such until the re-organization of the company in May last, when he was chosen to command it. Young as he was, he exhibited marks of no ordinary talent, and a bright and useful future seemed opening to him - but alas! how have the hopes of friends and the promises of youth been blasted First Lieutenant J. Dozier Lee, was killed in the battle of the 30th June - He was just about to graduate from the Citadel Academy when the war commenced. Much of the last days of his course in the Military Academy was spent in preparing the raw recruits of South Carolina for service. Soon after his graduation with high distinction, he was elected 3d Lieutenant in Capt. Harrington's Company, and entered the service in July last, in the 9th Regiment S.C.V. On the resignation of Adjutant J. H. Witherspoon, he was appointed Adjutant of the 9th Regiment, and served as such with marked efficiency until its original term of service had expired. In the meantime he re-enlisted for the war as a private, and upon the organization of the company now commanded by Capt. Colclough, he was elected 1st Lieutenant, and in that capacity was serving, when the fatal wound was received in the battle field on the terrible day, the 30th June. He too was young and hopeful and endowed with a high order of intellect. All that is now left to us is to reverence his memory, and weep over his untimely grave. Joel D. Brogdon, David Wells, M.M. Barfield, T.M. Dick and J. W. McCoy were killed in the battle of the 30th June. Their history in connection with this war is brief, but it is the noble record which many noble spirits will leave to their friends.....
The following is taken from the correspondent 'Personne' of the Charleston Courier, in relation to our lamented fellow townsman.
"Captain Bartlett, of the Sumter Volunteers, Second Regiment, was mortally wounded. Throughout the fight he had behaved with a gallantry that must have made him a prominent object of notice by the enemy. Though shot in the head, he continued at the front of his company, sometimes in advance, inspiring them not only by his words, but by his example. He was then shot a second time in the stomach. Still he pressed on, unwilling to leave his company until he became so faint from the loss of blood that he was obliged to lie down under a tree, where he remained all night. The next morning he was found, pale, haggard, and evidently exhausted, but cheerful and prompt in manner, as was his wont. He inquired affectionately after his company, who were hurt, spoke of his own severe injuries, but not in a strain that indicated the slightest fear as to the future, and was evidently prepared for the worst. A few days afterwards he died."
The Tri-Weekly Watchman,
Sumter, S.C., Issue of 21 July 1862
1st Lt. J. Dozier Lee -
s/o George W & Susan Dozier Lee