R. C. Maffett

Annals of Newberry, by John A. Chapman, page 581-82


LIEUTENANT-COLONEL R. C. MAFFETT,
son of James Maffett, was born in Newberry County. My acquaintance with Colonel Maffett was quite limited. I only knew him to be a sterling, upright and true man; a farmer, living a few miles below the Court House when the war broke out. He had never sought nor desired any office in the gift of the people, preferring the calm, domestic home life to all other. But when the difficulties between the States
culminated in Secession and war he was not slow to offer his services, nor was he backward in doing his best for the success of the cause he espoused. He was elected Captain of Company C, Third Regiment South Carolina Volunteers; was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and serving in that capacity when he had the misfortune to be made prisoner. He was immured in the Union Prison at Fort Delaware, where he died.

At the time of his death he was a young man in the very prime of life between thirty and forty years of age. He left a young widow and child to deplore his loss. The following note was written by him to a lady who was a witness to his capture and who kindy complied with the request therein contained:

"Lieutenant-Colonel R C. Maffett, Address Mrs.
R. C. Maffett, Newberry C. H, So. Ca. Tell her that I am
a prisoner, am well, have been treated very well so far. Gen.
Sheridan received and treated me with great civility; that I
think we will be exchanged before long; that I will bear my
captivity with as much philosophy and resignation as possible;
that I was unavoidably captured, being entirely surrounded
and overpowered; that she must bear up under our misfor­
tnnes and not become despondent; .that I will write just as
soon as we arrive at our destination." No date