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23rd SC Infantry

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Palmetto Battalion, Co. B
Florence, South Carolina


We've been contacted by Mr. Carol McLean with some information about two of his ancestors that fought for the Confederacy.  Below are two pictures and the information he sent in an email message.

A book written by H.C. Wall, a member of the Pee Dee Guards, was published in 1876. The name of the book was:  "Historical Sketch of the Pee Dee Guards, (Co.D, 23d N.C. Regiment) From 1861 to 1865." The book was reprinted by the Butternut Press Gaithersburg, Maryland. I purchased a copy of the book approximately 18 years ago at visitor's center located at the Petersburg, VA battleground. The original volunteers of the Pee Dee Guards are listed in the first chapter of the book.

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Attached is a photo of my grandfather, Solomon McLean, showing him in his Civil War uniform. He and and brother, Hugh C. McLean, volunteered May 30, 1861 at Rockingham, NC. The company was named the "Pee Dee Guards". The Pee Dee Guards became Co."D", 23rd N.C. Regiment. (The Pee Dee River is the western boundry of our county, Richmond.) The photo appears in three books that have been published in recent years.
Hugh C. McLean was not as fortunate as my grandfather. He was wounded in the first day's battle at Gettysburg, taken prisoner and sent to the Federal Prisoner of War camp at Point Lookout, Maryland. He died four months later at this infamous prison. Over 3800 Confederate Soldiers died there.
I am attaching one full page photo that appears in my book. It is a photo of a reunion of Richmond County, NC Civil War veterans taken circa 1910. The veterans are standing outside the Ellerbe Springs Inn that is still in business today. Ellerbe, NC is about 10 miles north of Rockingham, NC where I live. Solomon McLean is standing with his hat in his right hand at the end of a porch on the side of the inn.

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