Stephen Elliott, Jr.

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Stephen Elliott, Jr. was born at Beaufort, South Carolina, October 26, 1830. He attended Harvard for a time, and was graduated from South Carolina College in 1850. He then became a planter on Parris Island, South Carolina. Elliott was well known as a yachtsman and fisherman, served in the South Carolina legislature, and captained a militia company--the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery. His service from 1861 until 1864 was entirely in his native state. He took part in the defense of Port Royal in November 1861, and was promoted from captain to colonel over the next three years. He was ordered to Petersburg in command of Holcombe's Legion, and after promotion to brigadier from May 24, 1864, he was assigned to command General N. G. Evans' old brigade. This command occupied the salient which was blown up by a Federal mine in the tamed battle of the Crater, and Elliott was badly wounded, while making dispositions to resist the assault which followed. After being incapacitated for field service for several months, he joined General Joseph E. Johnston's army, near Bentonville, and was again badly injured. General Elliott was reelected to the legislature at the war's end, but exhausted by wounds and exposure, survived only a few months. He died at Aiken, February 21, 1866. He is buried at Beaufort in the Episcopal Churchyard.

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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.