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Brief History

The 5th Regiment South Carolina Infantry (also called Jenkin's Rifles) was organized about April 13, 1861, for twele months and mustered into the servce of the Confederate States June 4, 1861. At the end of the term of service the unit was disbanded but a large number of the men re-enlisted in the Palmetto Regiment, South Carolina Sharpshooters, and some in the 6th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. It was reorganized for the war on April 23, 1862, composing of men who had formerly served in the twelve month military units of the 5th, 6th, and 9th Regiments South Carolina Infantry , and some new recruits. On April 9, 1865, the unit surrendered with Bratton's Brigade at Appomattox, Virginia.[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. 

Other Sources

  • Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina. Microfilm publication M267. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Services, 1958. These records have been indexed and digitized and are available at 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). (Accessed December 2010)
  • "5th Infantry Regiment". The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources an Internet site, accessed 12/01/2010.  Lists a Regiment History, a record of one of the events found on a muster roll and Company Rosters (before and after reorganization).
  • James Jackson Black. Linda Blum-Barton & Toby Barton, Internet site.  Gives a brief history of some of the Black's involvements in the Civil War.  This site states in the brief history about the 5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry that the men were recruited in Laurens, Lancaster, Spartanburg, and Union counties.
  • Baldwin III, James J.. The Struck Eagle : a biography of Brigadier General Micah Jenkins and a history of the Fifth South Carolina Volunteers and the Palmetto Sharpshooters. (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania : Burd Street Press, c1996.) FHL book 975.7 M2ba and Other Libraries.
  • 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, and dates involving the company and places where they were stationed. There are 10 Companies (A-I, K) listed.
  • Salley, A. S.   South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service ( Columbia, S.C. : R.L. Bryan Co., 1913-1930), 3 Volumes. Compiled from muster rolls, pay rolls and returns in the United States War Department. Includes indexes in each volume.   Volume I : First regiment, S.C. Infantry (Regulars); First regiment, S.C.V. --
    Volume II : Second regiment, S.C.V. ; Third regiment, S.C.V. ; Fourth regiment, S.C.V. --
    Volume III : Fifth regiment, S.C.V. Digital copy at FHL 982339. Book or microfilm at Other Libraries
  • Seigler, Robert S. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008. FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 3. This book has an overview about the creation of the military units for service during the Civil War. There are four volumes which are divided into areas of the State. There is information about the different military units including dates of organization and service, company officers, battle engagements, company names and places of origin, and a few pictures. This book is also available through other libraries.

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