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Hampton Legion
Mounted Infantry
Men With Sumter Connections

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Lee Sturkey


Many of these men moved to Sumter postwar; the rest for the most part either transferred in  (usually in exchange for a man who could not longer mount, after April 1864), or as a result of conscription. For the most part this listing is restricted to those men from old Sumter District who were part of the Hampton Legion (Mounted) Infantry.

Company A (Washington Light Infantry Volunteers) 

James Peronneau Gibbes, Jr.: 3 LT 20 Aug 1863; disability de to wounds Dec 64; resident Charleston at enlistment; school teacher in Darlington, Florence, Clarendon, Kershaw, and Sumter Counties postwar; d. Sumter County 7 Apr 1899; buried Rembert Meth, Lee County.
Joseph A. Clark, Private; transferred to E/1 TEX July 1862; "Memory Rolls assert he was a resident of Sumter District at enlistment; brother of T. A. G. Clarke, Co H (note difference in spelling)
 Julius A. Thompson, d. 1895; buried High Hills of Santee Bap, near Dalzell

Company D (Gist Rifles)

 Reuben R. Hudgens, 1 LT; not reelected at reorganization Apr 1862 and dropped; resident Williamston at entry in service; resident Charleston 1865-81; moved to Foreston, Clarendon County and farmed and saw miilled until his death 21 Feb 1906, age 89.

Company E (Bozeman Guards)

  David McCord ("Mack")Lee; enlisted 1864; previously in D/9 S.C.; resident Sumter District

Company F (Davis Guards)

  Gilbert Morgan, Jr., transferred to Company 10 Jun 1864; previously in D/9 S.C., then in K/26 S.C.; resident Bradford Springs P. O., Sumter District
Company H (South Carolina Zouaves)

 Thomas Alfred G. Clarke, Original 3 LT; promoted to 2 LT; married Mrs. Ada White Bacot (of near Mars Bluff) 10 Nov 1863, and killed in action at Dandridge, Tenn., one day after returning from wound furlough; brother Joseph A. Clark of Co A, said to live in Sumter District; but family had home in Charleston
Donald John Auld: Original 2 SGT of company; resident Charleston; married Venetia Hammett of Clarendon 6 Sep 66; moved to Sumter 1871; businessman and postmaster in Sumter postwar; d. 19 Jul 1900; buried Sumter Cemetery
Louis B. Hanks, enlisted 1864; previously in I/4 S.C. State Troops (6 Months 1863-64); resident and merchant in Sumter; moved to Charleston 1865; d. 2 May 1868; buried Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston

Field & Staff
James Hervey ("Hervey") Dingle, Jr.: Original 2 LT Company C, then 1 LT; elected Major and transferred to Field and Staff 20 Jun 1862; killed in action at Sharpsburg carrying the colors.  His last words were "Legion! Follow your flag!"    b. Charleston, reared Sumter District (Clarendon Section); married a cousin, Angeline Ann Matilda Dingle 3 Dec 1846; planter in Clarendon at time of election as 2 LT; buried on field but remains removed to Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Med; memorial at Evergreen Cemetery, Summerton
William Thomas: Original PVT Company C; serving as acting chaplain of Legion early 1863; appointed Chaplain for bravery at Campbell's Station 16 Nov 1863, and transferred to Field and Staff (went to the side of a mortally wounded man under fire to pray for and comfort him; only instance of which I am aware of a promotion of a chaplain for battlefield bravery); married Miss E. McKnight of Summerton 1867; ordained Methodist minister 1869 and entered itinerancy; b. Norfolk, England 23 Apr 1830; d. Florence en route to annual Conference 1 Dec 1890, and buried Horton-Savage Family Cemetery, near Davis Station, Clarendon County 
Samuel Isaac Gaillard: Original 1 SGT Company C; appointed Sergeant major 20 Sep 1861 and transferred to Field and Staff; discharged for disability 7 Nov 1862; planter in Clarendon prewar; married Susan Richardson DuBose 24 Dec 1856; in charge of Agricultural Experimental Station near Hagood later in life; died Hagood 27 Sep 1898, and buried at Episcopal Chrurch of the Ascension (He was the father of David DuBose Gaillard, engineer of the Gaillard Cut on the Panama Canal)
Henry James McLaurin: Original PVT, Company C; assigned as hospital steward Sep 1861, and transferred to Field and Staff; promoted Assistant Surgeon, CSA 1 June 1864, and assigned to 7 S.C. Cavalry, in Gary's Cavalry Brigade; lived Wedgefield 1869-86, where he practiced medicine; then in Lumber business in Sumter to death 7 May 1921' buried Wedgefield Presbyterian Church.
McLeod, John C.:  Original PVT Company C; appointed Hospital Steward Sep 1861; doctor in Clarendon prewar; d. 1873. 

Thomas Waites Dinkins

    Although not in the Hampton Legion, one other man from Sumter who had connections to it was Thomas Waites Dinkins . He was the original 2nd SGT of Company A Holcombe's Legion Cavalry Battalion who was promoted to 2 LT in 1863, and was assigned as Quartermaster of the Holcombe Legion Cavalry Battalion.  That unit was consolidated with other cavalry units to form the 7th S.C. Calvary.  Dinkins was a line officer in  Company I of the 7th S.C. Calvary in early 1864, but was assigned as Quartermaster of the 7th S.C. Calvary.  From 10 August through September he was the acting Quartermaster of Gary's Cavalry Brigade, of which the Legion and 7th S. C. Cavalry were a part.  He returned to the regiment upon the return of the regular brigade Quartermaster.  He was a lawyer, teacher, and newspaper editor and publisher in Sumter. He died 11 June 1868, and is buried in Sumter Cemetery.

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