Maxcy Gregg (1814-1862) was born in Columbia, educated at South Carolina College, and admitted to the Columbia bar in 1839. He served as a Major in Milledge Bonham's Mexican War regiment, and argued for immediate secession in the Southern Rights Convention of 1852. He helped frame the Ordinance of Secession, and was made brigadier general of the 1st Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers in December of 1861. Killed during the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, a year later, he became a symbol of Southern courage during the remainder of the Civil War. A monument in his honor is the centerpiece of the Horseshoe on the University of South Carolina campus.
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.