13th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
The 13th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry was organized in July, 1861, at Lightwood Knot Springs, near Columbia, South Carolina. In April, 1862, it was ordered to Virginia and assigned to General Gregg's and McGowan's Brigade. It was not affected by the reorganization that took place in the spring of 1862 because the men had enlisted for the duration of the war. The 13th Regiment surrendered April 9, 1865 at Appomattox, 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 Martin Guard) many men from Laurens District (County). Mustered in September 4, 1861.
Company B - (Also known as Brockman Guards) many men from Spartanburg District (County). Organized summer 1861. Mustered in Sepember 4, 1861.
Company C - (Also known as Forest Rifles) many men from Spartanburg District (County). Mustered in September 4, 1861.
Company D - many men from Newberry District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861
Company E - many men from Spartanburg District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861
Company F - (Also known as Pacolet Volunteers) many men from Spartanburg District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861
Company G - (Also known as Dekalb Guards) many men from Newberry District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861
Company H - (Also known as Hope Guards) many men from Lexington District (County) Mustered in 4 September 1861.
Company I - many men from Spartanburg District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861.
Company K - (Also known as Johnston Riflemen) many men from Lexington District (County) Mustered in September 4, 1861.
Companies and county listing from: Wadsworth, Mike. The 13th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry C.S.A. (Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Pub. Co. c2008), 333 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2wmi and Other Libraries.
- 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).
- Welch, Spencer Glasgow. A Confederate surgeon's letters to his wife (Marietta, Ga., Continental Book Co., 1954), 127 pages. Digital copies at Google and Internet Archives . Book available at Worldcat Libraries .
- Tanner, William Rufus. Reminiscences of the War Between the States (Cowpens, S.C. 1931), 26 pages. Available at WorldCat Libraries.
- Caldwell, James F. J. The history of a brigade of South Carolinians, known first as Gregg's brigade and subsequently as McGowan's brigade. Microfiche of original published: Philadelphia : King & Baird, Printers, 1866. 247 p., Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990. Google Books, FHL film 1421970 Item 4, FHL fiche 6082619 (3 fiche). The regiments which composed Gregg's Brigade of South Carolina Infantry, as it was commonly known, and which always composed McGowan's Brigade, were the following: the First South Carolina Volunteers, the Twelfth South Carolina Volunteers, the Thirteenth South Carolina Volunteers, the Fourteenth South Carolina Volunteers, and Orr's regiment of rifles, also from South Carolina.
- Joseph H. Crute. Units of the Confederate States Army. (Midlothian, Virginia : Derwent Books, c1987).FHL book 973 M2crua. Information available at: National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed December 2010).
- Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), v. 3, p ??. 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.
- 13th South Carolina Volunteers, (accessed 13 Apr 2011).