HISTORICAL NOTES:

    The SC 1st Infantry Battalion Sharpshooters was formed at Columbia, South Carolina, during the summer of 1862 with four companies. Many of the men were raised in Edgefield County. The unit skirmished at Coosawhatchie and on James Island. They merged into the SC 27th Infantry Regiment 30 Sep l863.

OFFICERS:

    Abney, Joseph - Major

ASSIGNMENTS:

    Attached to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
    Merged into the 27th South Carolina Infantry Regiment on September 30, 1863.

BATTLES:

    Jones Island (31 MAY 1863)
    Coosawhatchie
    James Island

ROSTERS:

Records indicate this unit had 4 companies. No roster for Company D has been found. A few names are listed for Companies G & H however.

Company A (also known the Union Light Infantry and German Fusiliers) - many men from Charleston District (County), Lexington District (County), Newberry District (County), Orangeburg District (County), Sumter District (County), Spartanburg District (County), Laurens District (County), Barnwell District (County), Edgefield District (County), Pickens District (County), Anderson District (County), Richland District (County and York District (County) - Company A became Company E of the 27th Regiment Infantry

Company B (also known as the Sumter Guards) - many men from Georgetown, Beaufort District (County), Charleston District (County), Edgefield District (County), Marion District (County), Laurens District (County), Clarendon District (County), Sumter District (County), Barnwell District (County), Lexington District (County), Anderson District (County), Darlington District (County), Greenville District (County) and Richland District (County) - Company B became Company F of the 27th Regiment Infantry

Company C (also known as the Charleston Sharpshooters and Palmetto Guards) - many men from Charleston District (County), Spartanburg District (County), Orangeburg District (County), Laurens District (County), and Union District (County); a few men from Newberry District (County), Marion District (County), Barnwell District (County) and Lexington District (County) - Became Company G of the 27th Regiment Infantry

Company D

Company G

Company H

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

REFERENCES:

    Crute Units of the Confederate States Army
    Rivers, William J. Col. Rivers Account of the Raising of the Troops for State and Confederate Service.
    Salley, A. S. South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, Vol. 1
    Sifakis, Stewart Compendium of the Cofederate Armies

    
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