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John Owens McCants

Death: April 07, 1908 (76)
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Son of John James McCants, Jr
Husband of Pauline McCants

Occupation: Soldier: C.S.A., South Carolina
Managed by: John McCants
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About John Owens McCants

Records indicate that 2 different men named “John McCants” served in the CSA

The First John McCants [John Thomas McCants]  SC 3rd Infantry Regiment State Troops, Company A, listed as “J. T. McCants”  Confirmed as John Thomas McCants. However, according to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, J. T. McCants “never reported for duty and consequently did not serve The Confederacy with honor & dignity.”

The Second John McCants [this profile]  SC 4th Battalion then SC 2nd Cavalry Company D listed as “John McCants”; then SC 5th Cavalry (Ferguson’s) Company G then 6th Cavalry Company B Regiment listed as “2 nd Lt. John McCants”  All confirmed as John Owens McCants. His widow applied for a Confederate widow's pension at Moncks Corner, South Carolina, 29 Oct 1919 (pictured).  In the summer of 1862, the 4th battalion was merged with the Cavalry Battalion of Hampton's Legion to form the SC 2nd Cavalry Regiment Company D, which included Sergeant John McCants.  The National Park Service records relates John McCants of the SC 5th Cav to the SC 2nd Cav, which state “See also 2nd S.C. Cav.”  A man by the name of (Brevet Second Lieutenant) “2 nd Lt. John McCants” is also listed in the war records for the 5th South Carolina Cavalry Regiments under Warren Mctureous, also called Willington’s Rangers.  The SC 5th Cavalry Regiment was organized in January, 1863, by consolidating the 14th and 17th Battalions South Carolina Cavalry. For a time it served in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, then in March, 1864, moved to Virginia with 1,200 effectives. Assigned to Butler's Brigade, the regiment fought in The Wilderness Campaign, the battles about Cold Harbor, and south of the James River. Later it was active in the campaign of the Carolinas and attached to Logan's Brigade. The 5th Cavalry surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.  Two flags associated with the Fifth S.C. Cavalry survive, one is located in the Charleston Museum and the second in the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia. The flag of the South Carolina Rangers, Company D, Fifth Cavalry, is also located in the Charleston Museum. The flag of the St. James Mounted Riflemen is located in the S.C. State Museum in Columbia, S.C.  The paternal grandfather of John Owens is John James McCants Sr., one of Lt. Nathaniel’s other sons. John was a soldier in the Civil War, while he was away, Sherman's troops marched through South Carolina. His wife Mary Shuler was left alone with a baby and an 11 year old child. At that time the family lived in a two-story house near Wassamassaw. When northern troops arrived at the home, Mary Schuler took refuge in one bedroom. She sat in a rocking chair with the child by her side, a baby in her arms, and a shotgun across her lap and refused admission to the northern troops. The troops sacked the house giving the clothes and furnishings to the negroes in the area. They wisely avoided the bedroom occupied by Mary Shuler. The locked chest pried open by the swords of the northern troops is still a cherished family possession. When John returned from the war, he became a telegraph operator and station master for the Coastline Railroad. The family moved to a home in Oakley, SC, located near the railroad tracks behind the old Herbert Dangerfield grocery store. John Owens McCants’ father, John James McCants Jr, inherited the family plantation Bannister Downs from his father though it was probably lost during the Civil War and he probably saw action, even though he was in his fifties  Definitive war records for John Owens McCants (1831–1908) include: Born at Bannister Down Plantation, 5/G, DBN/B–B2LT, Charleston Dist. b. 1 May 1831, Wassamassaw, Charleston Dist., SC. Trans. from Co. D, 2d SC Cavalry, 18 Dec 1863, and appt. B2LT. Reported to company, 4 Jan 1864. Reported in Dismounted Bn., 31 Oct 1864. Granted at 21-day furlough, 20 Nov 1864. Last recorded on 31 Dec 1864, as detached to Dismounted Bn., and AWOL. Post-war, farmer in Charleston Co., SC. d. 4 Apr 1908, and buried at Wassamassaw Baptist Church, Berkeley Co., SC. m1. Pauline CUMMINS. m2. Mary Shuler (Mary Shirley McCants, seen in the above pension records) OWENS, abt. 1864.

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John Owens McCants's Timeline

May 1, 1831
April 7, 1908
Age 76