6th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Meriwether's)
United States U.S. Military South Carolina South Carolina Military South Carolina in the Civil War South Carolina Civil War Confederate Units 5th through 14th 6th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Meriwether's)
In February 1864 a new law passed that stated all males between ages 17-50 were liable to serve within their state. Those that were 18-45 years old and already serving were to stay in their current military unit. Those men not serving, or under 18 and over 45, were required to either join an existing local defense unit or to form a new unit. Eight battalions were created and designated as the 1st- 8th Battalions, South Carolina Reserves. Later these units were referred to as the Battalions of Senior Reserves in order to separate them from the Regiments of Junior Reserves. By the summer of 1864, these units were organized and many of them serving in different areas. They were mustered into Confederate service on October 31, 1864. Some of the units disbanded before the end of the war and others were combined with other military units on April 9, 1865.
The 6th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves was also known as Meriwether's Battalion. It was organized in the summer of 1864 and mustered into State service on September 1864. On October 31, 1864 it was mustered into Confederate service. The 6th Battalion consolidation on April 9, 1865 to form other units. Those men still serving surrendered on April 26, 1865 with the Army of Tennessee.
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.
One Internet site states that Meriwether's unit came from the counties of Edgefield, Lexington, and Orangeburg. Another states the 6th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers came from the counties of York, Chester, Lancaster, and Fairfield.
Information about the companies and their counties of origin is taken from Seigler's book and Brasington's website. Some of the rosters list only a few names.
- Company G - many men from Newberry District (County)
- Captain L.S. Johnson Company - many men from Edgefield District (County)
- Captain Tom Jones Company - many men from Edgefield District (County)
Other Source Material
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘South Carolina in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- South Carolina in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for South Carolina, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Sixth (6th) Battalion South Carolina State Troops Senior Reserves. Bil Brasington Internet site, accessed 12/17/2010. Gives a brief history of the battalion and lists Companies, counties, rosters and dates. Information also available at another Internet site, accessed 12/20/2010. Lists Companies, counties, and rosters.
- SC 6th (Merriwether's) Infantry Battalion Reserves. The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources an Internet site, accessed 12/15/2010. Gives some references for this military unit.
- "6th South Carolina Reserve Battalion". South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States, Steve Batson’s Internet site, accessed 12/16/2010. This website lists officers of the regiment and battles the regiment was involved in and dates of organization.
- 6th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers- Battalion Reserves. Internet site, accessed 12/20/2010. Lists the counties of origin, officers, and gives a history of this unit. It also gives information about a current re-enactment group under this Regiment, a history of the unit military flag and links to other information about the Civil War.
- 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)
- 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 9 Companies (A-I) listed.
- 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. 4. 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.
- Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), v. 4, p 193-194, 204-206. FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 4. The book goes into greater detail about the companies and the different military units they served in. Also the book may give more information about the different units this Battalion served with.
- *Sixth (6th) Battalion South Carolina State Troops Senior Reserves. Bil Brasington Internet site, accessed 12/17/2010. Gives a brief history of the battalion and lists Companies, counties, rosters and dates. Information also available at another Internet site, accessed 12/20/2010. Lists Companies, counties, and rosters.