At the reenactment of the Battle of Pocataligo held at Frampton Plantation in Point South, S.C., We lost Jerry Wayne Cauthan (July 24, 1949-January 23, 2016) known as our beloved “Sharpshooter.” Jerry served as a Sergeant in the Hampton’s Legion Cavalry/ Palmetto Battalion and as a Scout in the 3rd S.C. Cavalry. He loved history and his Southern Heritage. He served in the United States Army. But most important he was a “True Friend” to many. He was loved and admired by all he met here on earth. He was the greatest trooper on the field. He came prepared and represented his ancestors well and with great pride. He surely will be greeted by the men he represented from long ago as he reaches Fiddlers Green with open arms and admiration.
He had arrived early to teach at school day on Friday as He had done many times before. He and I ate on Thursday night with fellow reenactors. He later helped fix weapons and taught new recruits valuable lessons later that night. School day was cancelled, but Sharpshooter stayed and camped and waited on the rest of us to arrive. Saturday morning we saddled, rode and drilled the men and horses. He addressed the new recruits and continued to show them the right ways to do things. We had lunch and he gave my boy a new pair of warm gloves. He and my son served as the Scouts for our group with great pride. He loved my boy as much as I do.
We decided to take a final ride before calling it a day. I made the call of “Boots and Saddles” and later “To Horse!!” Sharpshooter had already mounted as always before me. As I swung my leg over my horse, my friend came from his in the middle of us. We attempted to not let him get away from this world without a fight. He got immediate treatment from me and others that are nurses, paramedics and a host of public servants. We lost and God now has another Angel to watch over us down here. He died in his Confederate Gray, boots on. I know he would have wished for no other way if he could have chosen for himself.
Below is social media post that my son DJ made shortly afterwards. It pretty much gives you a glimpse of how we now feel.
“On January 23rd, 2016, the day we were all broken, He was called upon by the Lord and he answered. He was my battle buddy, family, mentor, the Grandfather I never had. I miss him, we all do. Greatest man you could ever meet. He’ll always be with us when we’re called to “Boots and Saddles.” He’ll be with me when the Major calls “Scouts Up!”………Jerry Cauthan, I’ll never forget you.”
Godspeed, Sgt Cauthan.
Note: There will be a memorial service at the Battle of Broxton’s Bridge, March 5, 2016.
-By Dan Gregory