15th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

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Brief History

15th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in September, 1861, at Lightwoodknot Springs, near Columbia, South Carolina. Its members were raised in the counties of Richland, Union, Lexington, Kershaw, Fairfield, and Williamsburg. After serving on James Island, the unit moved to Virginia and was assigned to General Drayton's, Kershaw's, Kennedy's, and Conner's Brigade [1] .

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 Columbia rigles) Many men from Richland District ( Richland County). Mustered in September 5, 1861 Lightwood Knot Springs.
  • Company B - (also known as Gist Guards)  Many men from Union District (Union County). Mustered in September 5, 1861 Lightwood Knot Springs.  Companies A and D became Company B April 9 1865.
  • Company C - (also known as Lexington Guards) Many men from Lexington District (County). Mustered in September 10, 1861 Lightwood Knot Springs. Became Company H april 9, 1865.
  • Company D - (also known as Kershaw Guards and Mount Tabor Company)  Many men from Kershaw District  (Kershaw County)  and Union District ( Union County).  Mustered in September 6, 1861. On April 9th, 1865 combined with Companies A & B and became Company B.
  • Company E - (also known as Monticello Guards) Many men from Fairfield District (Fairfield County. Mustered in September 6, 1861, Lightwood Knot Springs.  Combined with Companies H & I and became Company E April 9, 1865.
  • Company F- (also known as Thicketty Rifles)  Many men from Union District ( Union County). Mustered in September 7, 1861, Lightwood Knot Springs. Combined with G and became Company I  April 9, 1865.
  • Company G -            (Williamsburg Riflemen) - Williamsburg
  • H Company (Mount Tabor Company) - Union
  • I Company (Dutch Fork Guards) - Lexington
  • K Company

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).
  • Nichols, Wesley. Autobiography and Civil War recollections of Wesley Nichols, Leesville, S.C. (Leesville, S.C. : Twin-County News Print, 1915), 27 pages. Includes a description of activities of the 15th South Carolina Infantry Regiment. Microfiche copy at FHL 6082645 and Other Libraries.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).