CS Con ★★★ -Keitt, Laurence M. - C.S. Delegate, SC

Laurence Massillon Keitt:
Born: October 4, 1824
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Birthplace: Orangeburg County South Carolina
Father: George Keitt 1794 – 1861
(Buried: Tabernacle Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina)
Mother: Mary Magdalene Wannamaker 1805 – 1848
(Buried: Tabernacle Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina)
Wife: Susanna Mandeville Sparks 1834 – 1915
(Buried: West End Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina)

Anna Keitt 1860 – 1919
(Buried: West End Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina)
Stella Keitt 1861 – 1869
(Buried: West End Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina)

1843: Graduated from South Carolina College

Occupation before War:
1843 – 1848: Attorney in Orangeburg South Carolina
1848 – 1853: South Carolina State Representative
1853 – 1860: United States Congressman from South Carolina
1856: Censured by U.S. Congress for his role in assault on Sumner

Civil War Career:
1860: Delegate to South Carolina State Secession Convention
1861 – 1862: Delegate to Confederate Provincial Congress
1862 – 1864: Colonel of 20th​ South Carolina Infantry Regiment
1863: Participated in the Second Battle of Charleston Harbor S.C.
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1864: Mortally wounded during Battle of Cold Harbor Virginia

Died: June 4, 1864
Place of Death: Richmond Virginia
Cause of Death: Wounds received at Cold Harbor
Age at time of Death: 39 years old
Burial Place: West Side Cemetery Saint Matthews South Carolina

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Brigadier General
Forum Host
Apr 11, 2016
South Carolina
Record as Delegate to Provisional Congress:
He preferred Howell Cobb for President soon pronounced "Jeff Davis a failure and his cabinet a farce" He was a conscious nation maker and withheld from the new government only the right to preempt from the states the appointment of militia officers. Keitt was one of the earliest to advocate the strategic use of cotton. In July 1861 he suggested an embargo on all cotton, tobacco, and naval stores; he also hoped that the government would buy all cotton and use it for credit and for leverage in diplomatic matters. He did not seek election to the regular congress.

Happy Birthday (October 4th) Colonel/Provisional Delegate Laurence M. Keitt! Salutes remembering you on your birthday.

Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When Preston Brooks attacked Senator Sumner in with a cane in 1856, Keitt assisted Brooks by brandishing a pistol and cane to prevent the other Senators from coming to Sumner's aid. In 1858 he attacked and attempted to choke Representative Galusha Grow (R-Ma.) during an argument on the floor of the U. S. Senate.
The caning event didn't just spontaniously happen.Brooks and Keitt consulted each other before the attack. A duel with Sumner had been considered but Brooks kind of thought that duels were reserved for gentlemen and Sumner didn't qualify as a gentleman.


Brigadier General
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Silver Patron
Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
Mar 15, 2013
...his 20th South Carolina went north to join Kershaw's old brigade. When he did join Kershaw's Brigade
When the 20th SC arrived to join Kershaw, the other regiments in the brigade had been dramatically reduced in numbers from hard campaigning - officers and enlisted. The 20th SC had been at Charleston and arrived with a full complement of officers and enlisted. Their number amounted to more than all the the balance of the brigade.(!) The men of the other regiments in Kershaw's brigade (at least; maybe the entire division) jokingly referred to Keitt's regiment as the 20th SC Army Corps. :biggrin: