L. Manning Austin was the son of Dr. Thomas Collins Austin (1790-1883), and his wife, Mary Turner James (1805-1889). The family lived in Greenville, South Carolina, where Dr. T. C. Austin had a medical practice and a large amount of real estate. According to the Austin Families Association of America (AFAOA) website, Dr. T. C. Austin was a grandson of Nathaniel Austin, Sr., who immigrated from England and built Gilder Plantation at Simpsonville, S.C. (Austin, J. W.; Carlin; Clarence)
L. M. Austin attended the University of Virginia in the 36th session (1859-1860), where he studied Chemistry, Medicine, Physiology and Surgery, and Anatomy. (U.Va. Catalogue, session 1859-60) After a year at U.Va., Austin entered the University of Louisiana Medical College, which at the time was considered one of the best medical schools in the South. He graduated with a medical degree in 1861. The class of 1861 was the largest class graduated until that time at the U. La. Medical College. As many of his classmates did, he volunteered for Confederate military service.
Dr. Austin entered service as an Assistant Surgeon, and was promoted to Surgeon in 1863. (Confederate Congress) He served with the 13th Regiment of Mississippi Infantry, in the Barksdale Brigade, a unit which fought at Harpers Ferry, Malvern Hill, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and the Wilderness, among others. (Austin, J. W.; Austin, L. M.) Thirteen members of the U.La. class of ’61 died in battle, and sixteen died of other causes, such as disease. (U. La. Catalogue) Dr. Austin was one of the latter.
The details of his death are uncertain, because various resources give different dates and locations of his death. According to records in the National Archives–which is the only primary source I have found for this information–L. M. Austin died on 13 Jul. 1864, “of disease.” (Austin, L. M. service record) Kirkland’s Broken Fortunes states that Dr. Austin died on 19 Jul. 1863, at home. The Carlin website (with information based on Austin, J. W.) gives his date of death as 13 Jul. 1863, and also states he died while “on leave at the home of his father in SC.” The Catalogue of the Medical College of the University of Louisiana, states that he died in 1863 (no month or day) in Richmond, Virginia, of typhoid fever. I have not been able to find out where he was buried. He was single at the time of his death. (Austin, L. M.)
[N.b. L. M. Austin’s birth date of 29 Jan. 1838 appears in the U.Va. Matriculation Books; the information in these books was recorded by the students themselves when they registered each year.—JLC]
- Austin, James Waddy & Knight, Josephine Manning Austin, The Austin and Allied Families, 2nd Ed. Atlanta, GA, 1972, p. 150.
- Austin, L. M., service record, in the Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Mississippi. Record group 109. M269. Thirteenth infantry, Mississippi. Fold3.com.
- Carlin, Liz Austin. “Nathaniel Austin of Greenville, South Carolina.” Austin Families Association of America. (AFAOA) [website] http://www.afaoa.org/db_files/Nathaniel_Austin_SC/Individuals/I237.html
- Clarence: firstname.lastname@example.org. “The Atkins, Atwoods, and Austins from Northwest Georgia.” Rootsweb [online database] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=ceatkins1&id=I608
- Confederate States of America. Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America. Washington, 1904, v. 3, p. 167-171
- Kirkland, Randolph W., Jr. Broken Fortunes; South Carolina soldiers, sailors, and citizens who died in the service of their country and state in the War for Southern Independence, 1861-1865. Columbia, SC, 2012.
- South Carolina Plantations. [website] http://south-carolina-plantations.com/greenville/gilder.html
- University of Louisiana Medical College. A catalogue from 1834 to 1872 of the professors, other instructors, and alumni : with an historical sketch of the medical college (from its origin in 1834 to 1847), and of its successor, the Med. Dept. of the University of Louisiana (from its establishment in 1847 to 1872). New Orleans [La.] : Printed at the Bronze Pen Book and Job Office, 1871, p. 11, 16, 32.
- University of Virginia. Catalogue of the University of Virginia. Session of 1859-’60. Richmond, 1860.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.