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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)
the return of the family to South Carolina in 1847 he was reared at Charleston. At the age of thirteen he attended the preparatory school of Stephen D. Lee at Asheville, N. C., and he was subsequently a student at Coward & Jenkins' military school at Yorkville, the Arsenal military school at Columbia and the Citadel military school at Charleston. On December 22, 1860, two days after the passage of the ordinance of secession, he joined the Marion artillery of Charleston, commanded by Capt. Gadsden King, and in January he was appointed first lieutenant in the First regiment of South Carolina regulars. He was on duty during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, at the battery from which the first shell was fired, and subsequently entered the Confederate States service, with assignment to Appalachicola, Fla., for the organizing and drilling of troops. Thence, in October, 1861, he was ordered to Cole's island, where he took command of a company of artillery, known as Stephen D. Lee's company