South Carolina 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Historical Notes:
The South Carolina 2nd Cavalry Regiment was organized during the summer of 1862 by consolidating the 4th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion and the Cavalry Battalion of Hampton's South Carolina Legion. The unit served under the command of Generals Hampton, M.C. Butler, P.M.B. Young, and Gary. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia at Second Manassas , South Mountain , Sharpsburg , Fredericksburg , Brandy Station , Second Winchester , Upperville , Gettysburg , Bristoe , Mine Run , Todd's Tavern , The Wilderness, Ground Squirrel Church, and Brooks' Church. In May, 1864, the Infantry Battalion of Hampton's South Carolina Legion was mounted and united with the 2nd Cavalry. It was then redesignated the Hampton South Carolina Cavalry Legion. After fighting at Cold Harbor , it participated in numerous conflicts south and north of the James River and the Appomattox operations. This unit contained 220 effectives at Brandy Station , took 186 to Gettysburg , and surrendered 14 officers and 225 men. Officers:
Colonels Matthew C. Butler and Thomas J. Lipscomb, and Lieutenant Colonels W.K. Easley, Frank Hampton, and Thomas E. Screven. Assignments:
Generals Hampton, M.C. Butler, P.M.B. Young, and Gary Battles:
Sharpsburg VA (17 SEP 1862)
Stuart's Expedition into Maryland & Pennsylvania (9 - 12 OCT 1862)
Hartwood Church (28 NOV 1862)
Dumfries (12 DEC 1862)
Fredericksburg VA (13 DEC 1862)
Occoquan River (19 DEC 1862)
Raid on Dumfries & Fairfax Station (27 - 29 DEC 1862)
Brandy Station (9 JUN 1863)
Upperville VA (21 JUN 1863)
Bristoe Campaign (9 - 22 OCT 1863)
Mine Run Campaign VA (NOV - DEC 1863)
2nd Fort Fisher (13 - 15 JAN 1865)
The roster of this unit contains the names of 1584 men.

  • Company A - (also known as the Boykin Mounted Rangers and Hampton Scouts) - many men from Kershaw District (County), with a few from Richland District (County), Darlington District (County), Charleston District (County), Barnwell District (County), Chester District (County), Lexington District (County), Spartanburg District (County) and Laurens District (County)
  • Company B - (also known as Beaufort Detachment, Hampton Legion, Beaufort District Troop, Beaufort Dragoons) - many men from Beaufort District (County), Grahamville area. A few men from Charleston District (County) and Colleton District (County)
  • Company C - (also known as Hapmton Detachment, the Congaree Mounted Riflemen, and the Congaree Rangers) - many men from Richland District (County)
  • Company D (also known as McKewn's Cavalry, Wassamassaw Cavalry, and the Wassa Massaw Rangers) - many men from Charleston Ditrict (County), Goose Creek area.
  • Company E - (also known as Dean's Cavalry) - many men from Spartanburg District (County), Greenville District (County), and Laurens District (County)
  • Company F - (also known as the Easley's Cavalry) - many men from Pickens District (County). A few men from Greenville District (County), Anderson District (County), Lancaster District (County) and Spartanburg District (County)
  • Company G - (also known as Bonham's Light Dragoons and Lipscomb's Troop) - many men from Newberry District (County), Abbeville District (County) and Laurens District (County). A few men came from Richland District (County), Charleston District (County) and Edgefield District (County)
  • Company H - (also known as the Congaree Troop) - many men from Richland District (County) and Fairfield District (County)
  • Company I - (also known as the Edgefield Hussars or formerly known as Company A, Cavalry Battalion, Hampton Legion, and the Edgefield Dragoons) - many men from Edgefield District (County), also from Abbeville District (County), Richland District (County), Fairfield District (County) and Orangeburg District (County) - Roster
  • Company K - (Formerly knowns as Company B, Cavalry Detachment, Hampton Legion, Brooks' Troops, and the Brook's Guards and Brook's Dragoons) - many men from Greenville District (County)
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