LOUIS PERRIN FOSTER
4, 1837 in Spartanburg, SC
Died December 13,
1862 at Fredericksburg, Va.
L. Perrin Foster,
son of Lt. Colonel B. B. Foster, was born at the old
“brick house” (now Foster’s Tavern on SC-56) that was
built by his grandfather on the south-east of
Spartanburg). He attended South Carolina College and
graduated in 1857. Afterwards he taught at New Prospect
Academy and studied law.
Foster was prepared
to be admitted to the bar when the war broke out and he
immediately changed interests. He was elected a
lieutenant in Captain Benjamin Kennedy’s company of the
3rd SC Regiment which was sent to Virginia.
At the reorganization of the army, he volunteered “for
the war” and upon the death of Captain Lanford, he was
made captain of Company K, 3rd SC Regiment.
During his time with the 3rd, the unit fought
at Manassas, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Nine Mile Road,
Savage Station, and Malvern Hill, In 1862 he was sent
home due to problems with his arm, but during this
furlough he learned that his brother, James Foster, had
been killed so he proceeded back to Virginia despite his
affliction. Just three months later, he fell dead while
leading a charge at Fredericksburg, December 13th,
1862. His remains were brought home and were interred in
Foster Family Burial Grounds.
JAMES ANTHONY FOSTER
Died September 13,
1862 at Harper’s Ferry, Va.
James Anthony Foster
was the younger son of Lt. Colonel B. B. Foster. James
volunteered as a private soldier in Captain James
Carlisle’s company of the 13th SC Regiment.
Later he was transferred to the 3rd SC
Regiment where he served alongside his brother, Perrin
Foster. In the terrific battle of Maryland’s Heights
(Harper’s Ferry), September 13th, 1862, young
Foster fell at the front of the firing line. His remains
were first burial on the battlefield but were later
moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., and
were later moved to the
Foster Family Burial Grounds in
COLONEL BARHAM BOBO FOSTER
22, 1817 in Spartanburg, SC
Died September 13,
1862 at Harper’s Ferry, Va
The elder Foster
held every office within the State militia from
captaincy to major-generalship. In his youth he studied
medicine but on the death of his father he took over the
family farm. A strong advocate of States Rights, Foster
represented the Spartanburg District at the Secession
Convention and was a signer of the Ordinance. He raised
and drilled an infantry company and was elected
lieutenant-colonel of the 3rd SC Regiment. He
was forced to leave the regiment while in Virginia in
March 1862 due to poor health. He later lost both of
his sons in Confederate service. He is buried in the
Fair Forest Presbyterian Church Cemetery
in Jonesville, SC.
submitted by Ron
Crawley, Camp #68