James Hervey Morris

Male 1829 - 1864  (35 years)

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  • Name James Hervey Morris 
    Born 6 May 1829  Reedy Branch, near Harrisburg, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Education 1843  Entered Erskine College, Due West, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1849 and 1864  Taught grammar school, farmed Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Jun 1864  Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Dec 1865  Family cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From S. L. Morris--An Autobiography:

      Author's Father.

      My father, "James Hervey," named for the author of "Hervey's Meditations," was born May 6th, 1829, near "Reedy Branch," between Cedar Springs Church and "Harrisburg," on land which is still in the possession of our family. He was very frail, remarkably conscientious, and entered Erskine College at Due West, South Carolina, when only fourteen, beginning in the Preparatory Department. He remained six years in college and graduated September 19, 1849, twenty years old. He was a faithful student, with a bright mind, and was awarded one of the honors of his class. Naturally religious, his graduating speech was on "The Progress of Christianity." Upon receiving his diploma he shocked the faculty of the college and the audience by tearing it into shreds, stamping upon it, exclaiming, "Honor to whom honor is due."--(Romans 13:7.) His explanation was, that a member of the class related to the faculty had been awarded a "first honor" by "favoritism" thereby doing him an injustice. It was his dramatic method of showing his righteous indignation. The college evidently did not cherish resentment against him long, if at all, for he was soon after elected Professor of Mathematics, which position he declined as he was engaged in business more remunerative.

      His inclination was to study for the ministry, but the death of his only brother, Samuel, a Presbyterian Minister at Montgomery, Alabama, made it necessary that the only living son should remain in close proximity to his widowed mother, where he could assist her in the management of the estate, consisting of two plantations and a goodly number of slaves.

      War Record.

      At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 my father was farming on his plantation adjoining that of his wife's father, and teaching at Long Cane Church. Just as soon as his school term ended, he volunteered and went out in Orr's famous Regiment of Infantry, General Micah Jenkins commanding his brigade in Longstreet's Division. My sister "Fannie" was born June, 1862, while he was in the service, and he never saw his daughter till she was six months old, when he was allowed a furlough of twelve days to come home from Virginia and return thither to the Army. He tood part in the "Seven Days Fighting Around Richmond," in such battles as Gaines Mill, Frayser's Farm and in other severe engagements, while he served in the Infantry.

      The scourge of diphtheria broke out on our place in 1863, while he was in the Army. My brother, Foster (born 1860), was ill for months and did not swallow anything for three weeks. Several of the Negro children, my playmates, died. My father came home and stayed several months, according to my recollection. In January, 1864, he joined Company B, Captain A. B. Mulligan commanding, being part of the Fifth South Carolina Cavalry of General Wade Hampton's Division. I was too young to remember his first leaving but I well remember this latter occasion--my mother's grief and fallilng prostrate on the bed, my father taking me up in his arms and saying I might never see him again. I ran after him to the front door, saw him ...


      From Confederate Archives:

      M 5 Cav. S.C.
      J. H. Morris
      Pvt, Co. B, 5 Reg't South Carolina Cav.*
      Appears on
      Company Muster Roll
      of the organization named above,
      for Mch & Apl, 1864.
      When 20 Jan, 1864
      Where Abbeville SC
      By whom Lt Russell
      Period [ illegible]
      Present or absent Present
      Remarks: Entitled to commutation in lieu of transportation 400 miles, from Abbeville S.C. to Richlands N.C.
      *This company formerly served as Company C, 17th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry.
      The 5th (also known as Ferguson's) Regiment South Carolina Cavalry was formed by the consolidation of the 14th and 7th Battalions South Carolina Cavalry and Captains Harlan's and Whilden's Independent Companies, South Carolina Cavalry, by S. O. No. 18, Hdqrs. Dept. S. C., Ga. and Fla., dated January 18, 1863.
      G. C. West, Copyist


      Same heading as above for Apl 30 to Aug 31, 1864

      Remarks: Died in Hospital of wounds received June 23 /64.


      M 5 Cav. S.C.
      J. H. Morris
      Pvt. Co. B 5 Regt. S. C. Cav.
      Appears on a
      Report of Sick and Wounded
      in General Hospital
      at Charlottesville, Va.,
      for the month of June, 1864.
      Discharges on Surgeon's Certificate and Deaths:
      Disease [illegible: Vuln Sclopet?]
      Date of death June 29, 1864
      Remarks: G. S. wound left knee compound June 11 ball removed same day above inner side of Patilla. This man died in a strange manner apparently from exhaustion. His wound was looking remarkably well and discharge healthy. The symptoms of Pyremia.
      A. S. Andrews, Copyist.


      M 5 Cav. S.C.
      J. H. Morris
      Pvt. Co. B. 5 Regt S.C. Cav
      Name appears on a
      of Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States who were killed in battle, or who died of wounds or disease.
      When deceased June 29, 1864
      When received July 26, 1864
      Number of certificate 3594
      Remarks: See statement J. Claagg, Co. G 1 S.C.
      *This register appears to have been compiled in the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office from returns furnished by Hospitals and by Regimental and Company Officers.
      Confed. Arch., Chap. 10, File No. 10, page 167
      M. Ballada, Copyist.


      From Marion Morris Wood's "My Life Story" 1882:

      I have been asked to record for the sake of future generations a few of the interesting facts of our family.

      [See Samuel Tappan Morris]

      The second unusual fact concerns Samuel's younger brother James Hervey Morris, my own grandfather. A patriotic Southerner, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and fought four years under Robert E. Lee in the Wade Hampton Division. In 1865, just a short time before the end of the war, he fell mortally wounded. He died at the University of Virginia Hospital and was buried there. Even before the war ended my grandmother sent her minister to Virginia to bring home his remains. In company of dozens of the bodies of Confederate soldiers his reached Charlotte NC where the bodies were placed in the depot to await a train. That night the depot caught fire and soldiers rushed in to save the bodies but the fire was so intense they managed to save only one, that of my grandfather. He was then taken to Columbia SC, but a great freshet washed away the railroad track along the Broad River and it was necessary to bury him again in Columbia. A wagon was sent to Columbia, a hundred miles away to finish the sad journey and bring him home in December 1868. He now rests in the family cemetery in Abbeville, SC, having been buried the third time.

    • Tombstone:

      J. H. MORRIS
      May 6, 1829
      Wounded at Trevilliam [sic]
      Station and died at Char-
      lottesville, Va.,
      June 29, 1864

    Person ID I0026  Hull
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2018 

    Father Samuel Morris,   b. 7 Mar 1796, Cedar Springs, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1841, Cedar Springs, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Margaret McCullough,   b. 13 Nov 1791,   d. 9 Jul 1881, Cedar Springs, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1816 
    Family ID F013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Elizabeth McCaslan,   b. 17 Dec 1831, Abbeville Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1922, Mt. Airy, Habersham Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1854 
     1. Samuel Leslie Morris, D.D., L.L.D.,   b. 25 Dec 1854, Abbeville, McCormick Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1937, Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Oliver Clark Morris,   b. 17 Dec 1856,   d. 6 Aug 1859  (Age 2 years)
     3. Robert Foster Morris,   b. 5 Jun 1860
     4. Frances Agnes Morris,   b. 21 Jun 1862,   d. 15 Oct 1870  (Age 8 years)
    Family ID F012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Old McCaslan Cemetery Entrance
    Old McCaslan Cemetery Entrance
    McCormick County, SC

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