Col Wm D DeSaussure

21 July 2020

Columbia (SC) lawyer and US Senator’s son William Davie DeSaussure was a Captain of Volunteers in the Mexican War (1846-48), was wounded twice at Cherubusco, and came home a hero. He was in the South Carolina legislature, then took a commission as Captain in the First United States Cavalry in 1855. He served in the West but resigned in March 1861 as the war approached.

He was appointed Colonel of the 15th South Carolina Infantry and led it at Sharpsburg and to Gettysburg where he was killed on 2 July 1863.

His photograph is courtesy of Michael Williams, online in the Historical Data Systems database.

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