Pvt. Calvin King, South Carolina Infantry (d. 4 Jan 1863)

 

10th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. B

CSA

Soldiers' Rest, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Information provided by James Graham

 

For over 150 years, a soldier known only as C King has rested in the tranquil beauty of the Confederate Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The only known soldier from South Carolina to be buried  there, he has rested among his many fallen brothers from the Confederate States of America.

Calvin King is believed to have been born in 1835 in North Carolina. He came to Horry County, South Carolina, in about 1855.  He bought a tract of land near Willow Springs Road, just south of Conway, South Carolina. In 1860, he married Orilla L Jordan, daughter of Private Jemes Perry Jordan and Martha (Patty) Jane Causey. She was born November 28, 1847, Horry County, South Carolina, and died July 24, 1883. She was buried in Pine Bluff Methodist Church, Smith Mills, Georgetown County, South Carolina. Calvin King was six feet tall with black eyes, a fair complexion, and black hair.

Private Calvin King enlisted with Company B, 10th, South Carolina Volunteer Infantry (Captain Tolarís Company) on July 19, 1861, at Camp Marion. The South Carolina 10th Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Marion, near Georgetown, South Carolina, in July, 1861. Its members were raised in the counties of Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Marion and Charleston. The regiment moved to Cat Island where many of the men suffered from typhoid fever, measles and mumps. In March 1862, the regiment was sent to Mississippi. Calvin was captured in June 1862 at Corinth. He was sent from Pittsburg Landing to St. Louis, Missouri, on June 1862. Unknowingly, he had been listed on a consolidated report of deserters in the Reserve Davison, First Corps, Army of Mississippi for eight months (the report was filed in Tullahoma, Tennessee, in November 1862). Private King was later sent from Alton Military Prison, Alton, Illinois, to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to be exchanged. He died of disease while in Vicksburg on January 4, 1863. (Some Confederate States of America Army records indicate he died on January 6, 1863.)

Calvin King and Orilla L Jordan had only one child. William Henry King was born on the 4th of March 1862, never getting to meet his father. He married Frances Ella Causey, daughter of Private Asa Garden Causey and Frances (Fannie) Martin. They had nine children whose descendants still live in Horry County, South Carolina. Calvinís widow Orilla would later marry Private Cornelius Sarvis Beaty, who served with Calvin in the 10th Volunteer Regiment, Company B, Confederate States Army.

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The two pages show where Pvt. Calvin King's widow, Orillo King, has come to take care of the final, sad business made necessary by his death. Here we learn he was born in North Carolina, as stated above, but had moved to South Carolina.

 

In this document above, the war is called the "Abolition War."

 In the above document, Joseph F. Harrell appears to have "M. D." after his name.

Cause of death of Calvin King is given above as disease. Address of widow
is in care of Joseph F. Harrell, Esq., Conwayboro, SC.

Calvin King, 10th SC, Co. B, age 24, 6 ft. tall, fair complexion, black eyes, black hair, by occupation a farmer, enlisted 19 Jul 1861, died at Vicksburg 6 Jan 1863. This paper settles what is due him in pay.

 

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