Bibliography for Researching
The 5th South Carolina Infantry
Baldwin, James J., III. The Struck Eagle: A Biography of
Brigadier General Micah Jenkins, and a History of the Fifth South Carolina Volunteers and the Palmetto Sharpshooters. Shippensburg, PA Burd Street Pr, 1996. 471 p. E467.1J4B35.1996.
Barr, James Michael. Confederate War Correspondence of James Michael Barr and Wife Rebecca Ann Dowling Barr. Barr, Taylors, South Carolina: Faith Printing Co., 1963. 275 pp.
James was a Private in the 5th SC Infantry Regiment. He describes the defense of the South Carolina coast and Virginia, including the battle of Drewry's Bluff. Predominantly personal matters including advice to Rebecca on the upkeep of their Leesville, South Carolina farm, the need for salt, and the price of goods. James comments frequently about the services provided by his slave-servant, "Ance." During May and June 1864, when the unit moved to Virginia, it was untried in battle. The men were exhausted by the fighting and riding and food for both men and horses was scarce. Mortally wounded during Sheridan's Trevilian raid, James' last letters are written from a Charlottesville hospital. Several letters of condolence follow.
Coward, Asbury. The South Carolinians: Colonel Asbury Coward's Memoirs. Edited and arranged by Natalie Jenkins Bond and Osmun Latrobe Coward. New York: Vantage Press, 1968. 188 pp.
Asbury served in the 5th SC Infantry Regiment. Hs describes the battles of Seven Pines, Malvern Hill, Gaines's Mill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, siege of Knoxville, the Wilderness, and the Petersburg campaign. The book includes Coward's version of the fatal shooting of Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins by his own men during the Wilderness and the Confederate soldiers' reactions to news of the surrender, and his trip back to South Carolina. Coward recalls his determination to start his life anew in South Carolina rather than consider voluntary exile in Brazil or Mexico.
Crute, Joseph H., Jr. Units of the Confederate States Army.
Midlothian, VA: Derwent Books, 1987. Ref. See pp. 253-54 (2 photocopied pages) for a concise summary of the regiment's service.
Confederate Military History, Extended Edition. Vol. 6:
South Carolina. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot, 1987. 931 p. E484C65.1987v6. Contains numerous, scattered references to South Carolina units.
Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South
Carolina.... NY: Facts on File, 1995. pp. 69-71 (3 photocopied pages). E577S53.1995. (Unit organizational history).
The following manuscripts may be found in the US Military History Institute Archives:
Griffin, James B. - CWTIColl (Enlisted man's letters, Aug 15,
1858-Jun 21, 1865; Letter from cousin, Aug 25, 1869; Capt's certificate of parole, Jun 6, 1865; Payroll certificate, Dec 11, 1864)
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