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Gaillard Palmer

Obituary of Philip G. Palmer, Summerville, South Carolina.

Philip G. Palmer, son of Dr. John Saunders and Esther Simons Palmer, was born at Balkdam Plantation, St. Stephens Parish, Charleston District, S. C., February 23, 1844.

At the outbreak of the War between the States, he was attending Wofford College, but in April, 1862, he left college and joined Gaillard's Battery (Santee Light Artillery), Capt. Christopher Gaillard. The battery was employed only for coast defense till the spring of 1865, when it was ordered to North Carolina. At that time young Palmer was orderly sergeant of the company. After Lee's surrender, though still a mere youth, he took charge of the men and brought them safely home in May, 1865.

In April, 1866, he married his cousin, Miss Samuella Jeaman Palmer. In January 1911, he removed his family to Summerville, S. C., where his wife died in January, 1920.

After a long and painful illness, which he bore with Christian patience and fortitude, he died on March 10, 1922, and was buried by the side of his beloved wife in the churchyard of St. Paul's Church, Summerville, S. C. He is survived by one son and four daughters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, June, 1922.

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