CDV OF C.S. GENERAL THOMAS F. DRAYTON

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Waist-up view carte de viste of Drayton in Confederate uniform. He wears a double-breasted frock with general’s collar insignia. Image clear with very good contrast. A period ink identification is on the lower edge of the mount. Photographer’s backmark, E. & H.T. Anthony, New York.

Thomas Fenwick Drayton (August 24, 1809 – February 18, 1891) was a planter, politician, railroad president, and military officer from Charleston, South Carolina. He served in the United States Army and then as a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. His brother, Percival Drayton, was a Naval Officer and fought on the Union side during the war.

Drayton was appointed a Brigadier General in September 1861 and placed in command of the military district at Port Royal, South Carolina. In 1862, Drayton was assigned command of an infantry brigade composed of the 15th South Carolina Infantry, the 3d Battalion S.C. Inf. and three Georgia infantry regiments. The brigade joined the Army of Northern Virginia after the Seven Days Battles. Drayton led his brigade at Second Bull Run and in the Maryland Campaign.

Robert E. Lee became displeased with Drayton's performance. Drayton had failed to get his brigade into action at Second Bull Run, and it was then driven from the field in panic at both South Mountain and Antietam. The brigade was broken up and its regiments transferred to other brigades. Drayton himself was transferred to the Western Theater to command a brigade in Sterling Price's army. During the final two years of the war, he mainly performed administrative duties in the Trans-Mississippi Theater, although he did briefly command a division in early 1864.

After the war, Drayton ended up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he sold insurance for a living. He died in Florence, South Carolina, at the age of 81. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte.  [jet] [ph:L]

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