Name - Shadrack Williams Vaught
Birth Date: 31 May 1841
Birth Place: Horry District, South Carolina
Death Date: 2 Mar 1918
Burial Place: Hardee Cem., Red Bluff, Horry Co., S.C.
Military Service - C. S. A.
Enlistment Date: 21 Jun 1861 at Conwayborough by Captain W.C. White
Company and Regiment: Co. L, 7th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
Military Unit Details: His unit was known as the "Horry Volunteers"
Parents: John Vaught and Rebecca Murrow
Wife: 1st - Mary Lee, 2nd - Amanda Bryant Bellamy
By Mary Lee: Julia Vaught
By Amanda Bryant Bellamy: Lucian Devorus, Samuel Lafayette, Francis Wilbur, Sarah Partington, Amanda Wayne, George Wyatt, Flavious Duval, Chancey Willard, Edgar Laffel, Doctor Carlisle and Eva Belle
Interesting Facts -
Shadrack Williams Vaught was a private in Company L, 7th Regiment, S.C. Infantry. He enlisted on 21 June 1861 in Conwayboro, S.C. under Capt. W. C. White. He was wounded 13 Sep 1862 at Maryland Heights and was subsequently listed on the roll for October 31, 1862 as in hands of the enemy. He was listed on the roll for 13 April 1864 as absent, sick since 1 March 1864 and on roll for 30 June 1864 as absent, wounded since return.
The following record was made by Shadrack Vaught of his memory of the Confederate War:
"We, the Horry Volunteers, as we were called, met in Conway on the 24th day of June, 1861. Capt. W. C. White in command of the Company. At noon a good dinner was served with pleasure, under the big live oak trees in front of the Methodist Church, after which a thrilling address was delivered by Elder Betts, an aged preacher. We were then marched off amidst waving handkerchiefs and a roar of cannon. We were conveyed to Cool Springs by carts, wagons, and buggies and there bivowacked that night. The next day we were conveyed to Marion Court House and on the 26th were mustered in service by Colonel Miles. Left that evening for Wilmington, N.C. The next morning we left for Petersburg, VA, spent the night there. Next morning we went on to Richmond where we stopped a day or two. We left there on the 30th of June for Manasas Junktion, Virginia and bivowacked that night. July 1st we marched out through Fairfax Village, the Count seat. And in about one mile we met the 7th SC Regiment to which we had been assigned as Company L.
The 7th regiment was commanded by Colonel Bacon and belonged to Brigadier General W. L. Bonhams Brigade. The second regiment under the Colonel J.B. Kershaw, the 3rd regiment under Colonel J.D. Nance, and the 8th regiment under Colonel E.B.C. Bash. Each regiment membered about 1000 rank and file and belonged to the army of Northern Virginia. At this place we drilled and did camp duty. On the morning of the 16th of July, W.A. Dusenbury, G.A. Dusenbury, Wilson Edge, and myself, were detailed for picket duty. This was my first time on picket. Our post was about 23 miles south west of Washington, D.C., stationed at a fine well of water. We were kindly entertained by 3 ladies of the place with biscuits and butter, lite loaf and buttemilk. The next morning after sunrise, our joys ceased when we saw the long dark lines of blue coats and glittering muskets coming over the hill. The yankee army under General Scott was now on we four boys. As we left the yard, the advance guard fired a cannon at us. It only cut down a fine cedar tree in Mr. Spears yard. We arrived in camp in time to join our company and fall back across Bull Run Creek where our army made a final stand the next day. There was some skirmishing. We all worked with a will, making a temporary breat work as best we could on Sunday, the 21st. The battle opened sure heavy fighting right, left, and in front about 3'oclock that evening. Bonhams brigade was ordered to the front and out we went doublequick, made good every order, captured a fine battery, four cannon, with large piles of knapsacks, cooking utensils and C, also a few prisoners. Thus the Federal Army was completely routed in full retreat for Washington. The Confederates had achieved a grand victory at the first battle of Manassas.
On Monday morning, we pursued the retreating army to Falls Church, a little village, eight miles south west of Washington. Our army then dropped back a few miles, went in quarters and went to drilling in earnest. The 7 regiment camped at Flint Hill and used water from Mr. Spears good well where some of us had had our first picket experience. We remained at Fling Hill until September, where G.W. Ward and yself were taken sick, and sent to Chimboraze Hospital at Richmond, Virginia. It was here we first met Dr. R.C. Carlisle and learned to love him. We were transferred to Manchester Hospital just across the James River. Here we had the attention of Doctor Bissel, Doctor F.L. Parker, and his brother, Doctor John Parker. We were duly returned to camp, went into winter quarters on Bull Run Creek where we spent most of the winter ending our first years campaign.
about the time we broke winter quarters, several of the regiment had yellow jaundice and was sent to the hospital at Charlottesville, Virginia. David Raben, Joseph Hucks, and myself were together under charge of Dr. Thompson at this place. I first met Dr. T.G. Teague here.
The University of Virginia is situated in this beautiful little town in the centre of the old Dominion. Near by is the Jefferson Mountain and the Monticello, both beautiful to look at. P.V. Cox, Capt. G.T. Litchfield and myself while here visited the residence of President Thomas Jefferson. This Albermarle County was the centre of the State they told us. When we started back to camp, a wreck ocurred about nine miles south of Hanover Courthouse. We boys undertook to walk to Hanover and took a soaking rain on the way. We stopped with a good Samaritan who with his kind family cared for us that night showed us his guinea pigs and white rabbits.
When we arrived at town, Peter Cox had a high fever. The doctor detailed me to help nurse our sick comrade, but he lived but a few days and died about evening. Longstreets corps was ordered to the Peninsula about 75 miles east of Richmond. Doctor Clifton sent me back to Chimborase with W.F. Singleton and W.H. Hardee to wait for the Kershaws Brigade. They passed at night and we followed the next day. We joined our company below Williamsburg where we waited reinforcements. The approach of McClellan’s army by water one evening about the first of May. The 7th was ordered on picket duty. We marched in slow rain until dark. We were ordered to build piles of brush that had been cut down previously and fire the brush. The regiment formed hastily, moved at quick step silently our fine lights got a heavy shelling, but burned nothing. Only two of Company L reached camp that night, Lieut. G.T. Litchfield, H.J. Barnhill, and myself took refuge in an old Black Smith Shop. We would not have fire, rather a bad place to sleep, however, we enjoyed our stay in the old shop and all got in safely the next morning, no one hurt. We all had a laugh at our indian caper and was ready for the next. I think it was on the 3rd of May the regiment ws ordered to bring up fence rails. They were oak, cedar, and chestnut. We piled them and set fire. They made a fine light. Lee's army must now fall back to Richmond and as we took up our line of march, Kershaws Brigade was rear guard. We marched all night as we enterd Williamsburg, McClellans advance picket guard overtook us and opened up a brisk connonade. On hasty orders, the 7th regiment bout faced, doublequick and the black horse artillery was going back full speed on the muddy street to check the advance. As we filed right and formed line of battle, one of the 8th regiment had his head shot off at our side. All the boys had got amused at Major Seibles awkward command, some other amusing incidents occured amidst the bursting shells and long range bullets.
We held our ground until light, for we had over 500 wagons in the city, the quartermaster said. I think he saved them all. We moved on, covering that long line of wagons and artillery. I think that General Barkdales Mississippi Brigade relieved us the next morning. There was but little fighting on that long march. Think we were on that march until the last of May, suffering extremely for rations, as the commissary wagons were necessarily kept well to the front, six or seven miles a day, being all that army could make. It halted about six miles east of Richmond and the 7th reorganized."
Shadrack Williams Vaught