{⋆★⋆} MG Kershaw, Joseph B.

Joseph Brevard Kershaw

Major General Joseph B. Kershaw.jpg
Born:
January 5, 1822

Birthplace: Camden, South Carolina

Father: U.S. Congressman John Kershaw 1765 – 1829
(Buried: Kershaw Family Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​

Mother: Harriett DuBose 1791 – 1845
(Buried: Kershaw Family Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​

Wife: Lucretia Douglas 1825 – 1902
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden ,South Carolina)​

Children:

Rev. John Kershaw 1847 – 1921​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Mary Martin Kershaw Shannon 1848 – 1934​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Harriet DuBose Kershaw Lang 1850 – 1930​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Charlotte Douglas Kershaw 1851 – 1923​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
James Douglas Kershaw 1852 – 1854​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Lucretia Douglas Kershaw 1859 – 1859​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Josephine Serre Kershaw deLoach 1867 – 1938​
(Buried: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina)​
Lynch Deas Kershaw 1868 –​

Education:
Attended School in Camden & Cokesbury, South Carolina​

Occupation before War:
1843 – 1861: Attorney in Camden, South Carolina​
Participated in the Mexican War saw little action due to sickness​
1852 – 1856: South Carolina State Senator​
1859 – 1861: Colonel in the South Carolina State Militia​
1861: Delegate to South Carolina State Secession Convention​

Civil War Career:
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 2nd South Carolina Infantry​
1861: Participated in the First Battle of Bull Run​
1862 – 1864: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Malvern Hill​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Savages Station​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Sharpsburg​
1862: Participated in the Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Participated in the Battles of Chancellorsville & Gettysburg​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chickamuga, Tennessee​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee​
1864: Participated in the Wilderness Campaign​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House​
1864 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1864: Participated in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia​
1864: Participated in the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864: Participated in the Petersburg, Virginia Campaign​
1865: Captured during the Battle of Saylor's Creek, Virginia​
1865: Prisoner of War until August at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor​
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Occupation after War:

Attorney in Camden, South Carolina​
1865 – 1866: South Carolina State Senator​
Member of the Union Reform Party​
Wrote resolutions recognizing the Reconstruction Acts​
1874: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Representative​
1877 – 1893: Judge of 5th South Carolina Circuit Court​
1893 – 1894: United States Postmaster, Camden, South Carolina​

Died:
April 13, 1894

Place of Death: Camden, South Carolina

Cause of Death: Not Known

Age at time of Death: 72 years old

Burial Place: Quaker Cemetery, Camden, South Carolina
 
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Pvt. David Wigfall Brailsford (I/2nd SC) memorialized Maj Gen Joseph Brevard Kershaw as follows:

...It was pathetic to see the tender solicitude he had for the comfort and welfare of his men and their lives were precious to him -- never needlessly exposed or sacrificed -- and it was this very knowledge of how he cared for them that made the troops rush into the very jaws of death at his command. He never isolated himself from his soldiers, but met and treated them as his fellow citizens of the South. On the weary march when the column was halted for an hour's rest he would dismount from his horse and sit surrounded by groups of his devoted men. History has never done him justice, but Lee and Jackson trusted him and his old soldiers followed and loved him unto death. ~ D. W. Brailsford, Palmetto Guard, 2nd Regiment​
 

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Here's another tribute to General Kershaw, written by Private William T Shumate of Company B, 2nd South Carolina:

...Just here I will say that the gallant and kind-hearted Kershaw was on foot in the thickest of the fray [Chickamauga.] It seemed that he bore a charmed life and was not born to be killed in battle. He was always on foot in all the engagements in which his brigade participated, and I believe was never wounded. His kindness was proverbial, he sympathized with his soldiers in their hardships and dangers, and had a gentle and pleasant word for all. The writer will never forget, when broken down and barefooted, on a long march in the Valley of Virginia, how Kershaw rode up and said in his genial way, "It's a very hard march; do the best you can; try and keep as near the command as possible." ~ William T Shumate, Butler Guards, 2nd South Carolina [Yorkville Enquirer. (Yorkville, SC), April 12, 1883, page 1.]​
 
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