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Townes, Samuel A.

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SAMUEL A. TOWNES.

Samuel Allen Townes, son of Samuel A. and Johanna Lois Hall Townes, born in Marion, Ala., May 22, 1840, died at Greenville, S. C., March 14, 1922. He enlisted in the Confederate army in April, 1861, as a member of Company B (Butler Guards), 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Kershaw's Brigade, McLaw's Division, Longstreet's Corps. He was at the firing of the first gun at Manassas, and served through the entire war, participating in all the important battles of Lee's army. He was noted for his courage and coolness in battle. He was sergeant of his company, never was wounded, never had a furlough, and was never absent from service.

He had great faith in the Southern cause, and always contended that the South would have been successful but for the thousands of hired foreign soldiers.

After the surrender at Greensboro, N. C., he returned to his home at Greenville, S. C., and engaged in merchandising. He was four times elected mayor of the city of Greenville, and served in that capacity for eight years. During the Cleveland administration he was appointed collector of internal revenue for the State of South Carolina, and held the position for four years.

Comrade Townes was married to Miss Mary Jones Thompson, daughter of Colonel William Butler Thompson, and to them were born one son and two daughters. The son, Samuel Allen Townes, Jr., died a few years ago, after having served several years in the United States navy; the two daughters survive him.

Confederate Veteran, Aug 1922



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