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"G" is for Gregg, Maxcy (1814-1862)

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"G" is for Gregg, Maxcy (1814-1862). Soldier. After graduating as co-valedictorian of his class at South Carolina College, Gregg read law and was admitted to the bar. He was a member of the Southern Rights Convention in 1852. As a Richland County delegate to the 1860 Secession Convention, he assisted in the writing of the Ordinance of Secession. Shortly after the convention he became commander of the First Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers. In 1861 he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded a reconstituted First Regiment that was heavily involved in combat in Virginia: Seven Days, Gaines Mill, Frazier's Farm, Second Manassas, and Sharpsburg. At the battle of Winchester (December 13, 1862), Maxcy Gregg was mortally wounded while leading his men from a reserve position to close a gap in the Confederate lines.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.