--We take from the Columbia South Carolinian
the following sketch of this gallant officer, who fell at Shiloh
He was born in Fairfield, S. C.
, October 28, 1810. In 1830 he removed to Columbia
, and entered into the business of a cotton merchant.
He served in the Florida
campaign in the Rich and Rifle company.
On his return he resumed his former business, and was in 1841 appointed by President Tyler Postmaster
, which office he held during that administration.
1845 he volunteered for the Mexican
war in the Palmetto
regiment, and was elected Major
— Pierce M. Butler
, and J. P. Dickinson
, Lieutenant Colonel
He fought gallantly, as his whole regiment did, at Contreras
, and the gates of Mexico
, and upon the fall of Col. Butler
and Lieutenant Colonel Dickinson
, he was chosen Colonel
of his regiment.
When Gen. Quitman
called for a flag to be raised upon the gates of Balen, Col. Gladden
handed the Palmetto
flag to Lieut Selleck
, of South Carolina
, who planted it upon the well — it being the first American flag raised on taking the city of Mexico
, being ordered down by Gen. Quitman
, handed the flag to Col. Gladden
, who bore it until he fell severely wounded by one of the last shots fired as the city was entered.
The reports of the general officers
to the War Department hear the highest testimony to the gallantry and great capacity for discipline of this distinguished officer.
After the war, he settled in New Orleans, where he remained in mercantile business until the secession of South Carolina
When the State of South Carolina
seceded, he was appointed and accepted the post of Lieut. Colonel
's First regiment, and immediately reported for duty.
But the pressure from his adopted State of Louisiana
forced him to return there where, as a member of her Convention, he did good service in promoting her secession.
Soon after, he accepted a regiment and went to Pensacola
, when the President
soon sent him a commission as Brigadier-General
in the Confederate
He was placed in command there, and all who know him know that his command was behind no other in drill and efficiency.