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Lt. Ely Kennedy, served in Co. B, 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry after the consolidation of White's and Banks' Battalions. Kennedy received his commission of 2nd Lt. on August 20, 1863 in Company B, 21st Battalion, Georgia Cavalry.

The following report commends 2nd Lt. Kennedy:

OCTOBER 19, 1863.-Affair at Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.

Report of Brig. Gen. J.H. Trapier, C. S. Army, commanding Fourth Military District.

Georgetown, October 22, 1863.

I have the honor to report the capture, by a detachment belonging to Company B, Twenty-first Battalion Georgia Cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant [Ely] Kennedy, of 10 of the enemy (a lieutenant and 9 men), at Murrell’s Inlet, on the afternoon of the 19th instant, under the following circumstances:
About a week ago a schooner,* attempting to run the blockade into that inlet, was driven ashore near by. Her cargo was landed in safety upon the beach and removed behind the sand-hills immediately in rear for greater security. The vessel was then burned by the crew. It is presumed that the object of the enemy’s demonstration on the 19th was the destruction of this cargo. He approached the shore in two barges, one of them carrying a howitzer. This blockading vessel lay off about 500 yards from the beach. Seventeen men, armed with rifles and pistols, landed and approached the sand-hills. Behind these hills Lieutenant Kennedy had concealed a portion of his men, dismounted. Another body (mounted) was ordered to make a dash upon the enemy’s rear as soon as fire was opened upon them in front, and cut off their retreat. The orders were executed with promptness and precision, and the result was as I have reported, without a single casualty on our side, notwithstanding that the enemy opened fire from his gunboat as well as his barges. None of his dead or wounded fell into our hands, but several men were seen to fall when the retreating barges were fired upon.
The little affair reflects much credit upon the skill and judgment of the young officer in command, as well as upon the courage and coolness of his men.
Major [W. P.] White, commanding on Waccamaw Neck, says in his official report: “Every man engaged in the affair deserves commendation.” He mentions particularly Sergt. W. H. Crawford, who received the sword of the captured officer. The prisoners leave today under guard for the headquarters of the department.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Brigadier- General, Gommanding.

Chief of Staff, &c.

* "The Rover".



Charleston, S. C., October 2~, 1863.
Brig. Gen. J. H. TRAPIER:

Please express to Lieutenant [Ely] Kennedy and his command the high sense which the commanding general has of the good conduct which characterized their affair on the afternoon of the 19th instant, at Murrell’s Inlet, with the enemy’s barges, which resulted in the capture of a lieutenant and 10 men of the enemy’s force.
The commanding general is further pleased to thank Sergt. W. H. Crawford for the part he took in the transaction, as specially noticed by his commanding officer. Officers and men on outpost service, by coolness, vigilance, subordination, and resolution, may frequently render signal service by successful small encounters with the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

General, Commanding.]

On February 13, 1864, units were again consolidated transferring Kennedy to Co. E, 7th Regiment, Georgia Cavalry. Lt. Kennedy retained his rank when entered the 7th.

When leaving for Virginia in early May 1864 the company had 80 men and near the same number of horses. In July, near Rocky Creek, Va. Lt. Kennedy reported 24 men and 14 horses. In August 10 horses and in October 8 horses.

In the 4th quarter of '64 Lt. Kennedy requisitioned the following; 5 caps, 58 pair socks, 36 pair shoes, 32 pair drawers, 13 pair pants, 5 jackets, 20 flannel shirts and 7 blankets.

On January 1, 1865 he was on Detailed Service by order of General Elwell. No details.

On February 27, 1865 Lt. Kennedy, now in Gary's Brigade, was located at Frazer's house on Williamsburg Road in Virginia.

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