★★★ Edwards, Oliver Evans

Oliver Evans Edwards

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Born: November 9, 1819

Birthplace: Spartanburg District, South Carolina

Father: Colonel Zachariah Edwards 1796 – 1858
(Buried: Pettit Creek, Baptist Church Cartersville, Georgia)​

Mother: Nancy Bobo 1799 – 1873
(Buried: Silver Brook Cemetery, Anderson, South Carolina)​

Wife: Rebecca Jane Gray 1828 – 1912
(Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Spartanburg, South Carolina)​

Married: January 23, 1851 in South Carolina

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Spartanburg, South Carolina​
Served in South Carolina State Militia as General​
1856 – 1861: South Carolina State Representative​

Civil War Career:

1861: Civilian Volunteer at 1st​ Battle of Manassas, Virginia​
1861 – 1863: Colonel of 13th​ South Carolina Infantry Regiment​
1862: Wounded 2nd​ Battle of Manassas, Virginia​
1862 – 1863: His friends recommended that he be promoted​
1863: Mortally Wounded Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​

June 21, 1863

Place of Death: Goldsboro, North Carolina

Cause of Death: Died from War Wounds

Age at time of Death: 43 years old

Burial Place: Oakwood Cemetery, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When Brigadier General Maxcy Gregg was killed at Fredricksburg friends of Col. Edwards started a "Campaign"to get Edwards promoted to brigadier and fill Gregg's slot. The effort failed when Samuel McGowan got the slot and promotion instead.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was expected to recover from his Chancellorsville wounding but his health deterioated and on his journey back to South Carolina he was removed from a train in Goldsboro, North Carolina where he died ftom his wounds on June 21, 1863. I believe his wife was at his side.
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
His wounding at Chancellorsville was because he pretty much made himself a target. He was "Walking along the top of the works waving his sword to encourage his men". He was shot in the shoulder.