Infantry Regiment, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina
United States U.S. Military South Carolina South Carolina Military South Carolina in the Civil War South Carolina Civil War Confederate Units H through M Infantry Regiment, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina
The Holcombe Legion, South Carolina was organized November 21, 1861. The Holcombe Legion organized with a cavalry and infantry battalion but no artillery companies. The infantry battalion was formed with eight companies, later increased to ten. During the war it was attached to Evans', Elliot's, and Wallace's Brigade. A portion of Holcombe Legion was present at the surrender on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.
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 Smith's Riflemen and the Palmetto Riflemen) - Spartanburg District (County)
- Company B (also known as the Batesville Volunteers) - Spartanburg District (County)
- Company C (also known as the Morgan Rifles) - Spartanburg Dstrict (County)
- Company D (also known as the Stevens Guards) - Barnwell District (County)
- Company E (also known as the Spartan Guards, possible the Camden Rangers) - Spartanburg and Laurens Districts (Counties)
- Company F (also known as the Ripley Guards) -Abbeville and Laurens Districts (Counties)
- Company G - Newberry District (County), a few men from Fairfield, Abbeville,Laurens, Union and Greenville Districts (Counties)
- Company H (also known as the Frog Level Scouts) - Newberry (Frog Level now Prosperity township) District (County)
- Company I (also known as the Fort Prince Guards) - Spartanburg District (County)
- Company K (also known as the Lucas Guards) - Kershaw (Camden area) District (County)
Information about the companies, their nicknames and counties or origin is taken from Seigler's book. The following were listed as additional companies in a different source.
- Ripley Guards
- Bomar's Company
- Bishop's Company
- 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.
- 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).
- Boozer, Henry Sheppard. Company H, Holcombe Legion Infantry Regiment, South Carolina volunteers, Confederate States of America, ([Sumter, South Carolina] : H.S. Boozer, 1997). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 975.7 M2bh.
- Owen, Dock, Camp-fire Stories and Reminiscences, (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990). Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082617.
- 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.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
- Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), v. 3, p 235-251. FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 3. 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.