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Greer Malone

Obituary of Charner S. Greer, Union South Carolina.

Capt. Charner S. Greer, well known Confederate veteran died at his home near Union, S. C., on February 22, 1922, after a long illness.

Captain Greer was a most remarkable man from many standpoints. During the War between the States Captain Greer made a record as a brave and fearless soldier. At the battle of Sharpsburg, September 18, 1863, he was severely wounded in his right shoulder, being pierced with a piece of shell and, though wounded, he stuck to his company and fought with blood flowing from his wounded shoulder. At the blow-up at Petersburg, twenty-four of his comrades were killed, Captain Greer being the only survivor. This occurred on July 30, 1864, when nearly all of Company A, 18th South Carolina Volunteers, were killed, and Captain Greer at the time was buried alive, but dug himself out with his sword.

Captain Greer started in under Captain Malone, of Company C, Cross Keys, and was later transferred to Company A, 18th South Carolina Volunteers, later being made first lieutenant. When his captain was killed at Petersburg, he was made captain of the company, which honor he continued to hold until the surrender at Appomattox.

Captain Greer was born in Union County November 20, 1836, a son of Jason M. and Sallie Sanders Greer. On November 8, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary A. Malone, and to them six children were born, all surviving him. One brother and one sister also survive him.

Captain Greer was court crier for Union County for forty-three consecutive years, and in all of these years of faithful service he never missed attending a single court.

Captain Greer had served most faithfully as Commander of Camp Giles, No. 708, and attended many of the State and national reunions, where he will be greatly missed.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1922.

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