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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 1 1 Browse Search
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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
Martin LaFayette Martin, of Fountain Inn, S. C., was born at Ninety-six, August 1, 1829, his parents being Reeves and Lucinda (Burns) Martin. His father was a progressive and successful farmer whose plantation was one of the best equipped in the State of South Carolina. He was reared on the old homestead until the death of his parents in 1846, when he removed to Cross Hill. In 1852 he went to California as a gold seeker, and two years later returned, and in 1853 was married to Miss Bettie Henderson, of Cross Hill, a second cousin of Col. James Irby. After her death in 1854 he gave up merchandising, in which business he had been engaged, and for several years put into practice his talent as a portrait painter. He entered the Confederate service at the very beginning of the war as a private in Capt. Homer McGowan's company, Col. James Williams' regiment, Bonham's brigade. After the battle of Williamsburg he became a member of a picked cavalry company, with which he served, the