Ellison Baxter Quinton, my great-great-grandfather was born on September 30, 1838 in Chester County, SC.
He enlisted in Company F of the 23rd SC Volunteers (Hatch’s Coast Rangers) in 1861.
After being stationed in South Carolina, the regiment moved to Virginia and during the war served in General Evans’, Elliot’s, and Wallace’s Brigade. It participated in the conflicts at Second Bull Run (Second Manassas), South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, then was ordered to North Carolina and later to Mississippi. The unit skirmished at Jackson, was sent to Charleston, and in the spring of 1864 returned to Virginia. It continued the fight in the trenches of Petersburg and around Appomattox. During the Second Manassas operations, August 6-20, 1862, this regiment lost sixty-eight percent of the 225 engaged, and all its field officers were wounded. It reported 10 killed, 22 wounded, and 5 missing in the Maryland Campaign, totalled 297 men in October, 1863, and had 49 killed or wounded at the Petersburg mine explosion. The 23rd had many disabled at Sayler’s Creek and surrendered 5 officers and 103 men.
The unit surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse along with the Army of Northern Virginia. He received his parole there.
A full list of battles the regiment fought in include:
- 1862: Malvern Hill, Rappahannock Station, 2nd Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, Sharpsburg (Antietam)
- 1863: Siege of Jackson, Charleston Harbor
- 1864: Bermuda Hundred, Siege of Petersburg, The Crater
- 1865: Fort Stedman, Five Forks, Appomattox Court House
More on Baxter Quinton
He married Elizabeth Hudson, a direct descendant of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. They had several children including William Baxter Quinton, my great-grandfather.
E. Baxter Quinton died on August 21 in 1899 in Chester County.