Chesley W. Herbert
Annals of Newberry, by John A. Chapman, page 589-90
CAPTAIN CHESLEY W.
HERBERT, son of Isaac and Frances Herbert, was born June 10th, 1832. He
was prepared for college at the old Cokesbury Conference school, and
graduated from the South Carolina College in December, 1855. He was
married on January 10th, 1856, to Elizabeth S., eldest daughter of Daniel
and Emily Goggans.
When South Carolina
seceded he volunteered at the first call for troops, and left home for
service in Company C, Third Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on April
13th, 1861, the day Fort Sumter surrendered. His regiment was shortly
afterwards ordered to Virginia. He was badly wounded at the battle near
Gettysburg, July 2nd, 1863. On the retreat. to Winchester he was captured
by United States cavalry, but was recaptured in a short time and
furloughed until again fit for duty. Was again wounded, and this time
seriously, by a shot through the left knee at the battle of the
Wilderness, May 6th, 1864. He was brought from Virginia to South Carolina
on a litter, and after months of suffering returned to the army, and was
discharged just previous to the close of the war, because of lameness,
which unfitted him for further military service.
As he was lame, the
negro in some way obtained the advantage of him, struck him on the head
with a heavy stick, and, while he was insensible, took his pistal from his
pocket and shot him through the head, killing him instantly. The tragedy
occurred near the Lexington line, on March 8th, 1866, while the victim was
making his way toward his home in this county.