William M. Corbet, born in 1830, died age 34 at the Battle of Salkehatchie River, also known as River’s Bridge, a series of skirmishes in the lower portion of South Carolina in January and February of 1865. It was an unusually cold winter and many men fighting in the swampy riverland to freeze to death, their companions finding them covered in ice.
Battle of Salkehatchie from Harper’s Weekly, 1865
William was a Lieutenant in the 50th North Carolina Regulars Company I, also known as the Rutherford Regulars or Regulators, of the Confederate States of America.
The company was formed in 1862 and fought in dozens of battles from Richmond, Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. William Corbet fell in battle sometime in mid-January and died January 20, 1865. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Roberts, a twelve year old daughter, Clarissa, and a four year old daughter, Jennie. All four are buried in Rutherfordton City Cemetery.
“William M Corbet 1st Lieutenant Company I 50th NC Reg CSA Born Dec 30, 1830 Killed in Battle at Salkehatchie River SC Jan 20 1865”