Maxcy Gregg

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Maxcy Gregg was born at Columbia, South Carolina, August 1, 1814. After attendance at South Carolina College, he studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1839. He served for a time as major of the 12th U. S. Infantry in the Mexican War; he was honorably mustered out at the close of hostilities and resumed his law practice. A longtime leading exponent of the principle of states rights, Gregg was commissioned colonel of the 1st South Carolina Infantry (a six-months regiment) soon after the secession of the state, and served in Charleston Harbor until after the fall of Fort Sumter. He was commissioned a brigadier general from December 14, 1861, and took a distinguished part in the Peninsular campaign of 1862 and the battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Harpers Ferry, and Sharpsburg in General A. P. Hill's division. At Fredericksburg his command was in bivouac on the right of the Confederate line, and in the rear of a "gap" between the brigades of Archer and Lane. A melee resulted from the Federal penetration of the unprotected sector. While rallying his men—who, fearing no attack, had stacked arms—General Gregg was mortally wounded. He died in a nearby residence on December 15, 1862, and is buried in Columbia, South Carolina.

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