Thomas Fenwick Drayton

Brigadier General

Monument: Find-a-Grave

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Thomas Fenwick Drayton, a brother of Captain Percival Drayton of the Union Navy, was born in South Carolina, probably at Charleston, on August 24, 1808. He was graduated from West Point in the same class (1828) with Jefferson Davis, who was his lifelong friend. Drayton resigned from the army in 1836 to engage in planting and railroad construction. He also served in the South Carolina legislature. Early in the Civil War he was appointed a brigadier general in the Confederate Army (September 25, 1861) and commanded the unsuccessful defense of Port Royal. He was later attached to Longstreet's corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. He took part in the battles of Second Manassas, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, but seems to have been inefficient as a field commander, and was subjected to considerable criticism by his superior officers. During the last two years of the war he was employed in minor departmental command and on boards of inquiry in the Trans-Mississippi Department. His post-bellum career was spent as a farmer in Dooly County, Georgia, until 1871, after which he became an insurance agent in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also acted as president of the South Carolina Immigrant Society until shortly before his death, which occurred in Florence, South Carolina, on February 18, 1891. He is buried in Charlotte.

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