James Heyward Trapier

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James Heyward Trapier was born at "Windsor," on Black River, near Georgetown, South Carolina, November 24, 1815. Graduated third in the class of 1838 at the U. S. Military Academy, he was commissioned into the corps of engineers, and performed the duties of that branch (mainly in the Northern states) until his resignation from the army in 1848. From then until the outbreak of the Civil War he resided on his plantation in South Carolina, and was also active in the militia. Trapier aided in the construction of the batteries in Charleston harbor, serving under General Beauregard with the ranks of captain and major. On October 21, 1861 he was promoted brigadier general and assigned to command the District of Eastern and Middle Florida. He was relieved from this post the following spring to command for a time a division under General Braxton Bragg at Corinth. Trapier's military accomplishments seem to have left something to be desired: he was alike condemned by the Florida state convention and subsequently by General Bragg as being unfit for command. After the autumn of 1862 he held a succession of inferior posts in South Carolina until the close of the war. He survived only a few months, dying at the home of a friend near Georgetown, South Carolina, on December 21, 1865. He is buried in the yard of the Church of St. George, Winyah, at Georgetown.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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