23d Infantry (Hatchs Regiment, Coast Rangers)



23rd Infantry Regiment [also called Coast Rangers] was assembled at Charleston, South Carolina, in November, 1861. Most of the men were from Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, and Colleton counties. After being stationed in South Carolina, the regiment moved to Virginia and during the war served in General Evans', Elliot's, and Wallace's Brigade. It participated in the conflicts at Second Manassas, South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, then was ordered to North Carolina and later to Mississippi. The unit skirmished at Jackson, was sent to Charleston, and in the spring of 1864 returned to Virginia. It continued the fight in the trenches of Petersburg and around Appomattox. During the Second Manassas operations, August 6-20, 1862, this regiment lost sixty-eight percent of the 225 engaged, and all its field officers were wounded. It reported 10 killed, 22 wounded, and 5 missing in the Maryland Campaign, totalled 297 men in October, 1863, and had 49 killed or wounded at the Petersburg mine explosion. The 23rd had many disabled at Sayler's Creek and surrendered 5 officers and 103 men.


Henry L. Benbow and Lewis M. Hatch; Lieutenant Colonels Allen J. Green, John M. Kinloch, Edgar O. Murden, and John Roberts; and Majors Matthew V. Bancroft, Henry H. Lesesne, L.P. Miller, and John M. Whilden.


Malvern Hill VA (1 JUL 1862)
Rappahannock Station VA (23 AUG 1862)
2nd Bull Run VA (28 - 30 AUG 1862)
South Mountain VA (14 SEP 1862)
Antietam VA (17 SEP 1862)
Jackson Siege MS (JUL 1863)
Charleston Harbor (AUG - SEP 1863)
Bermuda Hundred (17 MAY - 16 JUN 1864)
Petersburg Siege VA (JUN 1864 - APR 1865)
Petersburg (9 JUN 1864)
The Crater (30 JUL 1864)
Ft. Stedman (25 MAR 1865)
Five Forks VA (1 APR 1865)
Appomattox Court House VA (9 APR 1865)


The composite Roster of this regiment contains 1868 names.

Company F
Company G


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Historical Sketch and Roster of the 23d Infantry (Hatchs Regiment, Coast Rangers)
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Rivers, Col. William J. - Rivers Account of the Raising of the Troops for State and Confederate Service

Capers, Ellison - Confederate Military History - South Carolina Volume - 705 pgs. Paperback


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