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James Conner

James Conner, American army officer, state official.


CONNER, James was born on September 1, 1829 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, United States. Son of Henry Workman and Juliana (Courtney) Conner.


Graduate South Carolina. College, 1849.


He graduated from South Carolina College in 1849 and read law under James L. Petigru before being admitted to the Charleston bar in 1851. Conner was an Episcopalian and a Democrat and married Sallie Enders on October 10, 1866. He built up a large law practice, and his writings on legal matters included The History of a Suit at Law (1857).

While he was U.S. district attorney for South Carolina in 1856, Conner prosecuted the famous case of the slave ship Echo. He resigned this position in December 1860 but later served the Confederacy in the same capacity. Although Conner urged the convening of the South Carolina secession convention and was himself a delegate, he did not vote on the issue.

He entered the Confederate Army when the war began and was made captain of the Washington Light Infantry. He was promoted to major following the battle of First Manassas. He was a colonel of the 22nd North Carolina Regiment from the battle of Seven Pines until he was promoted to brigadier general on June 1, 1864.

Seriously wounded in the leg at the battle of Gaines’ Mill during the Seven Days’ battles in June 1862, when he recovered Conner served as acting major general in command of McGowan’s Brigade and Kershaw’s Brigade before he finally lost his leg at the battle of Cedar Creek on October 13, 1864. He held no further military duty. After the war, he returned to his law practice, serving as solicitor for the South Carolina Railroad and for the Bank of Charleston.

He was also a delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1870. Conner was elected state attorney general in 1876 but resigned in December 1877 after establishing the legality of the Wade Hampton ) government. His health deteriorated rapidly and he went into semi- retirement.


"Peculiar institution" of slavery was not only expedient but also ordained by God and upheld in Holy Scripture.


Stands for preserving slavery, states' rights, and political liberty for whites. Every individual state is sovereign, even to the point of secession.


Married Sallie Enders, 1866.

Henry Conner

Juliana (Courtney) Conner

Sallie Enders