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Brief History

The 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry was organized during the summer of 1862 (22nd of August) by consolidating the 4th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion and the Cavalry Battalion of Hampton's South Carolina Legion. 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.In April 1865, the 2nd Regiment Cavalry were on picket duty along the Cape Fear River.  They were ordered to march to Charlotte and then on to Chester, South Carolina where they were furloughed.[1][2]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in  a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded.  However if you are unsure which company your ancestor  was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

  • Company A (also known as Boykin Mounted Rangers and Hampton Scouts) - Kershaw County
  • Company B (also known as Beaufort Detachment, Hampton Legion, Beaufort District Troop, Beaufort Dragoons) - Beaufort County
  • Company C (also known as Hapmton Detachment and Congree Mounted Riflemen) - Richland County
  • Company D (also known as McKewn's Cavalry, Wassamassaw Cavalry) - Charleston County
  • Company E (alson known as Dean's Cavalry) - Spartanburg County
  • Company F (also known as Easley's Cavalry) - Pickens County
  • Company G (also known as Bonham's Light Dragoons) - Edgefield County
  • Company H (also known as Congaree Troops) - Richland County
  • Company I (also known as Edgefield Hussars or formerly known as Company A, Cavalry Battalion, Hampton Legion) - Edgefield County - Roster
  • Company K (Formerly knowns as Company B, Cavalry Detachment, Hampton Legion, Brooks' Troops) - Greenville County

Source Material

  • Footnote.com (A subscription website, but is available for use at the Family History Library and some Family History Centers). It has digital Civil War soldier service records and brief regiment histories (located at the bottom of some of the muster rolls).
  • "2nd Cavalry Regiment". The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina from Eastern Digital Resources, an Internet site, accessed 11/15/2010.  Lists Company Roster for Company I and a brief Regiment History.
  • Henderson, E. Prioleau. Autobiography of Arab. Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990. FHL fiche 6082614 (2 fiche).
  • Hewett, Janet B., ed. Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001. FHL book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 64 & 65. Lists officers, companies, some nicknames for the companies and dates involving the company and places where they were stationed. There are 10 Companies (A-I, K) listed.
  • Boykin, Richard Manning   Captain Alexander Hamilton Boykin one of South Carolina's distinguished citizens   (New York: Pandick Press. 1942), 265 pages. Book at WorldCat.org
  • Mays, Samuel Elias   Genealogical Notes on the Family of Mays, and Reminiscences of the War Between the States   (Plant City, Printed by Plant City enterprise, 1927), 324 pages. From notes written around the campfires by Samuel Elias Mays, born in South Carolina, Nov. 12th, 1834.  Book at WorldCat.org
  • Moore, Henry Woodbury and James Washington Moore.  Chained to Virginia While Carolina Bleeds : the Civil War Correspondence of Henry Woodbury Moore and James Washington Moore, Gillisonville, Beaufort District, South Carolina  ( Columbia, S.C. : H.W. Moore, ©1996), 232 pages. Includes information on the Hampton Legion.  Book atWorldCat.com

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