5th South Carolina Infantry - 1/6th Plate Ambrotype of Private Robert M. Wilson. Nice clear image which was likely taken in Richmond, Virginia August 1863. Wilson is seen here wearing a Type II Richmond Depot Jacket, his record indicated the issuance of a new Uniform and his presence in Richmond on that date.
Robert M. Wilson
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 4/15/1861 as a Private.
On 4/15/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. SC 5th Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
(Estimated date of enlistment)
Fifth South Carolina Infantry -
Report of Col. M. Jenkins, Fifth South Carolina Infantry.
HDQRS. FIFTH REG'T SOUTH CAROLINA VOLS., McLean's Ford, July 22, 1861.
SIR: I beg leave to make the following brief report of the occurrences of yesterday as they relate to my regiment:
When I had thrown my regiment in the position indicated by your orders, and found that the enemy had discovered our approach, I formed front under the brow of a hill. The enemy opening upon us a heavy fire of grape and shell. I advance quickly over very difficult ground. While gallantry charging in fine order our friends in the rear poured in upon me heavy fires of musketry, cutting us up sadly. This compelled a halt, which I made upon gaining the brow of the hill upon which the enemy was stationed. Here, under a terrific fire of shell I reformed and dressed my lines, and reloaded such guns as had been fired. Expecting the reserve to form to the rear to my support, I made every preparation to renew my charge upon the batteries, when I discovered that I was isolated in the presence of the enemy's guns, cavalry, and tree of four regiments of infantry.
Doubtful whether to advance unsupported against such great odds of position and men, I sent to you three times for orders, and retained my position amid the bursting of shell threats of attack for three quarters of an four. Throwing to the front Capt. Seabrook's company as sharpshooters, and finding a large force threatening to charge, I withdrew them and placed Company A (captain Goss) and Company B (Capt. Jackson) in advance, in a skirt of woods upon my right, with orders to open the enemy, which was promptly executed and with effect, the artillerist leaving their guns and the troops retiring to the wood immediately in their rear.
Not hearing from the brigade, and the enemy being impregnable to a small body like mine, I decided unwillingly to withdraw, and leaving Companies A and B to prevent a sudden attack, retired in order a short distance, when I threw into position Company C (Capt. Seay) and Company H (Capt. Bower), and called in the two Companies A and B, and, forming column, slowly and in order left the ground.
My observation, limited to a portion of the regiment, at times prevented my noticing all who behaved well. I notice with pleasure, as coming under immediate observation the coolness and good conduct of Lieut. Col. G. W. H. Legg, in addition to the captains mentioned as performing special orders. I was greatly placed with the coolness and conduct o f others. Capt. Giles,
Carpenter, and, in fine, all under my observation, obeyed with promptness and kept good order in their ranks. Many lieutenants placed me by self-possession and coolness, and wound no doubt have given signal proof of gallantry and conduct had opportunity offered. My adjutant, Lieut. E. B. Clinton, also greatly placed me by his conduct. I could notice a general desire to do their duty, and specially marked as encouraging the men were Privates Fernandez and Long, of Capt. Glenn's company. I also hear Private Scaife, of Capt. Goss' company, highly spoken of as aiding his company in its hour of trial.
I can only refer to the providence of a merciful God success, as the enemy left the under so small and attacking; to His protection, our safety and comparatively shall loss under so heavy a fire.
The enemy fired seventy-four shots at us, and my killed amounted only to there and my wounded to twenty-three.
M. JENKINS, Col.
Gen. D. R. JONES, Brig.-Gen., Commanding Third Brigade.
P. S.--I should have that Company K, Capt. Walker, was deployed on my right flank as skirmishers, and the road being unknown and the thicket dense was separated from the regiment. Some few of its members, having become separated from the company, with Sergeant Blassingame, joined us.
Inventory Number: HAR 094 On-hold