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Brief History

3rd Infantry Battalion [also called Lauren's Battalion and James' Battalion] was organized in November, 1861, at Camp Hampton, near Columbia, South Carolina. It contained four companies, with three additional companies joining the unit at White Point. Most of the men were from Laurens County, and a few were recruited in Richland and Fairfield counties. After serving in South Carolina, it was ordered to Virginia and assigned to Drayton's, Kershaw's, Kennedy's, and Conner's Brigade.

The Battalion was reorganized in April 1862 and about April 9, 1865 it was consolidated with the 3rd and the 8th Regiments and part of Blanchard's South Carolina Reserves to form the new 3rd Regiment South Carolina Infantry, Consolidated. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee on April 26, 1865 near Greensboro, North Carolina and the men were paroled by May 2, 1865.[1][2][3]

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 - Laurens and Abbeville Dsitricts (Counties) - Roster
  • Company B (also known as the Williams Company) -  Laurens District (County) - Roster
  • Company C - Laurens District (County), a few men from Greenville and Anderson Districts (Counties) - Roster, Roster (one man)
  • Company D - Laurens District (County) a few men from Greenville, Abbeville and Newberry Distrits (Counties) - Roster
  • Company E (also known as the Hunter Guards) - Laurens District (County) - Roster
  • Company F - (also known as the Harper Rifles) - Richland and Lexington Districts (Counties) - Roster
  • Company G (also known as the Aiken Guards) - Fairfield District (County) - Roster
  • Field and Staff

Company names, nicknames and counties taken from Seigler's[2] and books, and the website by Batson. Rosters are from Access Genealogy and Eastern Digital Resources.

Other Sources

  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System can be searched by soldier's name or by regiment; includes regimental rosters and additional history of the regiment. This site uses Joseph H. Crute's book, Units of the Confederate States Army, as their main source for the regiment history. Family History Library book 973 M2crua, FHL Collection, WorldCat.
  • 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).
  • "South Carolina Civil War Rosters". Access Genealogy Internet site, accessed 12/17/2010. Lists the company officers and gives the rosters for each company. 3rd Battalion is listed after the 15th Regiment.
  • South Carolina 3rd Infantry Battalion. The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources an Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010.  Lists a brief Regiment History and roster for Company C.
  • South Carolina Infantry Battalion - Third Battalion. South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States, Steve Batson's Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010. This website also lists officers of the regiment and companies; and battles the regiment was involved in.
  • "The Third South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion, Also Known As the Laurens and/or the James Battalion". eHistory Archive, an Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010. This site gives a history of this Battalion, lists officers and battles.
  • Davis, Sam B. A history of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865. Wilmington, North Carolina : Broadfoot Pub. Co., c2009. FHL Collection, book 975.7 M2ds.
  • Dickert, Augustus D. History of Kershaw's Brigade. Newberry: Elbert H Aull Company, 1899. This book as a complete roll of Companies, biographical sketches, and other information. Google Books. Family History Library book 975.7 M2d 1976, FHL Collection and FHL Collection,fiche 6082618 (7 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 7 Companies (A-G) listed.
  • Simpson, R.W.   Far, Far From Home : The Wartime Letters of Dick and Tally Simpson, Third South Carolina Volunteers   (New York : Oxford University Press, 1994), 316 pages.In April 1861, Dick and Tally Simpson, sons of South Carolina Congressman Richard F. Simpson, enlisted in Company A of the Third South Carolina Volunteers of the Confederate army. Their letters home - published here for the first time - read like a historical novel, complete with plot, romance, character, suspense, and tragedy. Libraries that have this book.

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