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Sketch of Capt. Kanapaux

Sketch of Capt. Kanapaux

Captain John Theodore Kanapaux was born Feb. 1833 and died 1/15/1894. He is buried at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Charleston, SC. He enlisted 3/13/1862, and was paroled 4/26/1865. His company served along the coast of SC, starting first at Ft. Moultrie & then Cole's Island. They fought at the Battle of Secessionville, Pocataligo, & Boyds Landing (Neck), SC. When Sherman left Savannah & started his march across SC, the only resistance he received was from retreating coastal batteries. Kanapaux's Battery engaged Sherman's forces in a hot tilt outside of Columbia. Kanapaux retreated into NC as part of Hardee's Corp. & joined Hagood's Brigade along with other units to engage the enemy in one last stand under Gen. Joseph Johnson. After the war he returned home to Charleston, SC, where he & J.D. Lanneau founded a produce company, The Kanapaux Lanneau Co., 66 Market St. John was reported to have maintained rigid discipline while serving as Commanding Officer of the Lafayette Artillery. It was reported that Lt. V.A. Kanapaux (his brother), was refused leave to return home to visit his family in Augusta, GA. C.N. Poulnot was assigned police duty prior to his being absent without leave and had his rank reduced from Sergeant Major to Private. F.O. Kanapaux (his brother), was given extra duty with no extra pay. C.W. Almar, noted druggist in Charleston, served 13 months & resigned his Lieutenant's commission in order to return to the business of compounding badly needed medicines for the Confederate Army.
-Infomation coursey of Marilyn Kanapaux and William J. Kanapaux
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