The exact number of military units which were formed in South Carolina is unknown. Some units changed names and / or were consolidated or reoganized during the war and a few were disbanded without seeing service.

This list contains 190 known discreet units and is based on the inventory made by the National Archives of the various rosters and service records.

The Compendium of Civil War Regiments by Sifakis identifies 171 units, but my list below shows 191 units. I believe this number is pretty accurate.

From the State of South Carolina, the following units were formed for service in the Civil War:

 

    33 regiments, and 2 battalions of infantry
    7 regiments and 1 battalion of cavalry
    1 regiment, and 1 battalion of heavy artillery
    29 batteries of light artillery

The total loss of the Confederate Armies in killed and mortally wounded will never be definitely known, and can be stated only in round numbers. A summing up of the casualties at each battle and minor engagement--using official reports only, and in their absence accepting Confederate estimates- indicates that 94, 000 men were killed or mortally wounded on the Confederate side during the war. Almost one quarter of these men were from South Carolina. An estimated 23,000 were killed in the war, and 18,666 are known and their names listed in Broken Fortunes

To understand the full meaning of these figures one must keep in mind the sparse population of these States. The "military population" of South Carolina in 1861 was 55,046.

South Carolina lost in killed over 23 per cent of her entire male population. Add to this the loss by disease, and the maimed or crippled for life, and the result becomes extraordinary in its heroic aspect.

This site, and the CD-ROM we produce is dedicated to telling the stories of these men and their families.

 

CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY

1st (Butler's) Infantry Regiment
1st (Gregg's) Infantry Regiment
1st (Hagood's) Infantry Regiment
1st (Orr's Rifles) (Infantry)
1st Battalion, Sharp Shooters (Infantry) - 532 men
1st Cavalry Battalion
1st Cavalry Regiment
1st Charleston Battalion Infantry (Gaillard's Battalion)
1st Mounted Militia
1st Artillery Battalion
1st Artillery Regiment
1st Infantry Regiment Reserves - 13 men
1st Regiment Militia (Charleston Reserves) (Infantry) - 530 men
1st Regiment Rifles Militia (Branch's Rifle Regiment) (Infantry) - 137 men
1st Regiment SC Pioneers - 2 men
1st Battalion Senior Reserves - 8 men
1st Regiment Charleston Guard - 553 men
1st SC Infantry State Troops - 1135 men
1st SC Infantry Regiment - 208 men
1st SC Infantry Regiment Militia - 24 men
1st SC Infantry (6 months 1861) - 732 men
1st SC Mounted Militia - 980 men
1st SC Mounted Reserves - 1 man
2d Artillery Regiment - 2573 men
2nd Cavalry Regiment - 1584 men
2nd Battalion, Cavalry Reserves - 68 men
2nd Battalion, Sharpshooters (Infantry) - 309 men
2nd Infantry Regiment Militia - 7 men
2nd Infantry Regiment - 2875 men
2nd Infantry Regiment Reserves - 2 men
2nd Infantry Battalion
2nd Infantry Battalion Reserves 90 days 1862-63 - 2 men
2nd Infantry Regiment Rifles - 1815 men
2nd Infantry Regiment State Troops - 1318 men
2nd Infantry Regiment Cadets - 2 men
3rd Infantry Battalion (Laurens' and James') - 1103 men
3rd (Palmetto) Battalion, Light Artillery - 2539 men
3rd Infantry Battalion Reserves - 552 men
3rd Cavalry Regiment - 2082 men
3rd Infantry Regiment - 2033 men
3rd Infantry Regiment Reserves (90 days 1862 - 1863) - 752 men
3rd Regiment South Carolina Militia - 5 men
3rd Regiment State Troops (Infantry) - 484 men
4th Infantry Battalion Reserves - 519 men
4th Cavalry Battalion - 398 men
4th Cavalry Regiment - 2024 men
4th Infantry Regiment - 1241 men
4th Regiment, Cavalry Militia - 132 men
4th Regiment, South Carolina Artillery - 4 men
4th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves - 3 men
4th State Troops 6 months 1863-64 (Infantry) - 1407 men
5th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Brown's) - 641 men
5th Cavalry Regiment - 1756 men
5th Infantry Regiment - 2411 men
5th Militia (Infantry) - 120 men
5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves - 3 men
5th Reserves 90 days 1862-63 (Infantry) - 918 men
5th State Troops, (Infantry) - 1279 men
6th (Merriwether's) Infantry Battalion Reserves - 47 men
6th Cavalry Regiment - 2109 men
6th Infantry Battalion - 337 men
6th Infantry Regiment - 2572 men
6th Infantry Regiment Reserves - 630 men
7th Infantry Battalion - 1453 men
7th (Ward's) Infantry Battalion Reserves
7th Cavalry Battalion (Prentice's Batt'n Confederate Cavalry)
7th Cavalry Regiment - 1503 men
7th Infantry Regiment - 2546 men
7th Regiment South Carolina Engineers - 1 man
7th Regiment South Carolina Militia - 1 man
7th Reserves 90 days 1862-63 (Infantry) - 827 men
8th Cavalry Regiment - 7 men
8th Infantry (Stalling's) Battalion Reserves - 425 men
8th Infantry Regiment - 1631 men
8th Reserves (Infantry) - 120 men
9th Artillery Regiment - 1 man
9th Cavalry Regiment - 1 man
9th Infantry Battalion (Pee Dee Legion) - 635 men
9th Infantry Regiment - 1176 men
9th Infantry Reserves - 893 men
10th Cavalry Battalion - 608 men
10th Infantry Regiment - 2189 men
11th Cavalry Regiment - 2 men
11th Infantry Regiment (9th Volunteers) - 2432 men
11th Reserves 90 days (1862-63) (Infantry) - 552 men
12th Cavalry Battalion (4th Squadron Cavalry) - 481 men
12th Infantry Regiment - 2106 men
13th Battalion Infantry (4th and Mattison's ) - 399 men
13th Infantry Regiment - 1986 men
14th Cavalry Battalion - 484 men
14th Infantry Regiment - 2218 men
14th Militia Regiment - 46 men
15th (Lucas') Battalion, Heavy Artillery - 774 men
15th Cavalry Regiment - 2 men
15th Infantry Regiment - 1910 men
15th Militia Regiment - 55 men
16th and 24th (Consolidated) Infantry - 420 men
16th Cavalry Battalion
16th Cavalry Regiment - 1 man
16th Infantry (Greenville Regiment) - 1928 men
16th Regiment Militia (Infantry) - 625 men
17th (6th) Cavalry Battalion - 600 men
17th Infantry Regiment - 2074 men
17th Regiment militia (Infantry) - 200 men
18th Artillery Battalion
18th Infantry Regiment - 2091 man
18th Regiment Militia (Infantry) - 170 men
19th Cavalry Battalion - 718 men
19th Infantry Regiment - 1489 men
20th Infantry Regiment - 3252 men
21st Infantry Regiment - 2207 men
22nd Artillery Regiment - 1 man
22nd Infantry Regiment - 1992 men
23d Infantry (Hatch's Regiment, Coast Rangers) - 1868 men
24th Infantry Regiment - 1874 men
24th Militia (Infantry) - 11 men
25th Infantry Regiment (Eutaw Regiment) - 1834 men
25th Militia (Infantry) - 52 men
26th Infantry Regiment - 1918 men
27th Infantry Regiment (Gaillard's Regiment) - 1916 men
34th Regiment South Carolina State Senior Reserves
Battalion of Dismounted Dragoons
Capt. A. C. Eagle's Cavalry
Capt. Bachman's Co. Artillery (German Light Artillery)
Capt. Beauregard's Co. Light Artillery (Ferguson's Co. Light Artillery)
Capt. Charbonnier's Co. Militia (Pickens Rifles) (Infantry)
Capt. Child's Co. Artillery
Capt. Estill's Co., Infantry, Local Defense (Arsenal Guard, Charleston) (Infantry)
Capt. Fickling's Co. Artillery (Brooks Light Artillery)
Capt. Gailliard's Co. Light Artillery (Santee LIght Artillery)
Capt. Garden's Co. Light Artillery (Palmetto Light Battery)
Capt. Gilchrist's Co. Heavy Artillery (Gist Guard)
Capt. Gregg's Co. Artillery (McQueen Light Artillery)
Capt. Hamilton's Co., Provost Guard (Infantry)
Capt. Hart's Co. Horse Artillery, Volunteers (Washington Artillery)
Capt. Jeter's Co. Light Artillery (Macbeth Light Artillery)
Capt. Kelly's Co., Light Artillery (Chesterfield Artillery)
Capt. Kirk's Co., Partison Rangers
Capt. J. T. Kanapaux's Co. Light Artillery (Lafayette Artillery)
Capt. Lee's Co. Artillery
Capt. Matthews' Co. Heavy Artillery
Capt. Melchers's Co Artillery (Co. B. German Artillery)
Capt. Parker's Co. Light Artillery (Marion Artillery)
Capt. Rhett's Co. (Brooks Home Guards) (Infantry)
Capt. Rodgers' Co. Cavalry (State Troops)
Capt. Rutledge's Co. Cavalry Militia
Capt. Senn's Co. Post Guard (Infantry)
Capt. Shiver's Co. (Infantry)
Capt. Simon's Co., See Fencibles (Infantry)
Capt. Simon's Co. Volunteers (Etiwan Rangers)
Capt. Simon's So. (Infantry)
Capt. Stuart's Co., Artillery (Beaufort Volunteer Artillery)
Capt. Theodore Cordies' Co. (Cavalry Militia (German Hussars)
Capt. Trenholm's Co. Rutledge Mounted Riflemen and Horse Artillery
Capt. Tucker's Co. Cavalry
Capt. Wagener's Co. Light Artillery (Co. A German Artillery)
Capt. Walpole's Co. Cavalry (Stono Scouts)
Capt. Walter's Co. Light Artillery (Washington Artillery
Capt. Mayham Ward's Co. Artillery (Waccamaw Light Artillery)
Capt. Zimmerman's Co., Artillery (Pee Dee Artillery)
Charleston Arsenal Battalion (Infantry)
Conscripts South Carolina (Infantry)
Columbia Local Defense Regiment South Carolina State Troops
De Seusseure's Squadron of Cavalry
Hampton Legion Cavalry Battalion
Hampton Legion Infantry
Holcombe Legion Cavalry Battalion
Holcombe Legion (Infantry)
Johnson's Horse Artillery Battery
Manigault's Battalion Artillery
Manigault's Battalion, Volunteers (Infantry)
Miscellaneous South Carolina Units

Ordnance Guards (Capt. Dotterer) (Infantry)
Palmetto (1st Palmetto) Sharp Shooters (Jenkins Regiment)
South Carolina (Walker's ) Battalion, Infantry
South Carolina Beaufort Artillery Battery
South Carolina Military Academy Cadets
South Carolina PeeDee Light Artillery Battalion

THE CONFEDERATE NAVY

The C.S.S. Hunley

FEDERAL UNITS

First Federal Infantry Regiment(colored)
Second Federal Infantry Regiment(colored)
Third Federal Infantry Regiment(colored)
Fourth Federal Infantry Regiment(colored)
    
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