Lt. Hutto, 1864

Lt. Hutto, 1864

This headstone is in Magnolia Cemetery, the Soldiers Field section. Members of the CSA (Confederate States Of America) military are buried here.

Hutto, Nicholas, 2nd Lieutenant, born 12-Jan-18 in Barnwell District. He was a Farmer, 5′ 5″ tall, weighed 155 lbs., with Dark eyes and Black hair. Resided in Barnwell Court House. He reported for duty on 13-Aug-64. Admitted to 1st LA Hospital, Charleston, with yellow fever on 11-Oct-64, died there on 14-Oct-64 and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston. Previously served in Co. B, 11th SC Reserve Infantry (Nov 1862–Jan-63), and Co. E, 2nd SC State Troops (Sep 1863-Feb 1864).

Lt. Hutto, 1864
Lt. Hutto, 1864

Company C of the South Carolina Reserves was primarily older, and younger soldiers, based in Charleston to protect the city during the siege. A blockade of Union ships had closed the city harbor.

There were 2 major battles with Co. C  to capture Charleston.

The first April 1863 was a naval attack on the city by the new ironclad warships. The city defense held and at low tide the ships departed.

The second on July 1863 was combined Army and Navy forces at the southern end of Charleston Harbor. Several battles between July and August 1863 ended when the Confederate forces abandon Ft. Wagner. The Union side determined any other action too costly and closed this section to tighten the siege.

Note; The men of the 54th Massachusetts were hailed for their valor at Ft. Wagner. William Carney, an African-American sergeant with the 54th, is considered the first black recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions that day in recovering and returning the unit’s U.S. Flag to Union lines.  Only 315 members of the 54th survived the battle.

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