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General Joseph Brevard Kershaw, CSA

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General Joseph B. Kershaw:
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Portrait of General Kershaw Placed in Richmond Museum



A portrait of Maj. Gen. Joseph Brevard Kershaw, C.S.A. has been placed in the
Confederate Museum in Richmond, its execution and placement having been authorized by
Mrs Joseph R. Foard of Columbia, regent of the South Carolina room. The painting is by
David Silvette, Richmond artist and was made from a small photograph of General
Kershaw found in Cooke’s collection in Richmond. The presentation was made at the
annual meeting of the Confederate Memorial Literary society recently. Mrs Henry Riely,
vice regent of the South Carolina room, represented the givers and it was received on
behalf of the society by Miss Sally Archer Anderson, president.

The Richmond News Leader said of General Kershaw:
General Kershaw was born in Camden, SC on January 5, 1822. He was educated for the
legal profession,  practiced in Camden and served one year in the Mexican war as
lieutenant of Company C. Palmetto regiment. He was a member of the legislature from
1852 to 1856 and in 1860 participated in the convention which enacted the ordinance of 
secession.

In February 1861 he was commissioned colonel of the Second South Carolina regiment
and in April he went to Virginia with it.

He commanded his regiment in the brigade of General Bonham at Blackburn’s Ford and
later in the Battle of First Manassas. In February 1862 he was promoted brigadier general
to succeed General Bonham. He took part in the Yorktown campaign, the Seven Days’
campaign before Richmond and in the fighting at Sharpsburg. At  Fredericksburg he was
placed in command after General Cobb was wounded. He also commanded his troops at
Chancellorsville, at Gettysburg, at Chickamauga, at Chattanooga, at Knoxville, in The
Wilderness, at Spotsylvania Courthouse and at Cold Harbor

He was promoted to major general, and after taking part in the Petersburg battles, was
ordered to the  support of  Early in the Shenandoah Valley. Later he was ordered back to
Richmond and until the fall of the city, served before it, north of the James.

His last battle was Sailor’s Creek, where he was captured with General Ewell and the
greater part of the remnant of his command. He was held as a prisoner of war at Fort
Warren, Boston until August 12, 1865.

On his return to South Carolina he again took up the practice of law and in the same year
was elected to the state senate and made president of that body. In 1874 he was the
Democratic candidate for congress in his district and three years later was elected to the
position of judge of the Fifth circuit. He served on the bench until 1893, when he resigned
due to ill heath and resumed the practice of law in Camden. He was commissioned
postmaster of that city in February 1894, but died on the 12 of the following April.

Source: The State Newspaper, February 1940

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