Joseph Brevard Kershaw
b. January 5, 1822, Camden, S.C.
d. April 13, 1894, Camden, S.C.

From a wealthy southern family,  Kershaw was a lawyer, a legislator and served in the Mexican War before the Civil War. He attended the secession convention as a representative from South Carolina and joined the Confederate Army with a commission of Colonel. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862 and to major general in May of 1864. He served at Fort Sumter, First Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Chickamauga. He surrendered during the Battle of Sayler's Creek and was imprisoned for several months in Boston. After the war, he returned to South Carolina where he practiced law and became a circuit court judge.

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