17th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

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Brief History

17th Infantry Regiment was formed early in 1862 with men from Barnwell, York, Chester, Lancaster, and Fairfield counties. It served on the coast of South Carolina, then moved to Virginia. During the war it was brigaded under Generals Evans, Elliott, and Wallace. Surrendered April 1865 [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 - Many men from Chester District (County). Captain Bill's roll on pages 28-38 and Death rolls on pages 39-41
  • Company B - (also known as York Rangers)  Many men from Fairfield District (Fairfield County)
  • Company C- Many men from York District (County)  Roster on pages 43-44
  • Company D -  Many men from Chester District (County). Roster on pages 42-43
  • Company E -
  • Company F - Many men from York District (County). Roster on pages 44-45
  • Company G
  • Company H
  • Company I - (also know as Lancaster Tigers)  Many men from Lancaster District  (Lancaster County)
  • 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).
  • Edwards, W. H.  A Condensed History of Seventeenth Regiment S.C.V., C.S.A. : From its Organization to the Close of the War   ( Columbia, S.C. : R.L. Bryan, 1908), 55 pages. Microfiche copies at FHL 6082646 and Other Libraries.
  • Logan, David Jackson, Samuel N Thomas and Jason H Silverman. "A rising star of promise" : the Civil War odyssey of David Jackson Logan, 17th South Carolina Volunteers, 1861-1864   (Campbell, Calif. : Savas Pub. Co., ©1998), 255 pages. A merchant in York County, South Carolina, Logan served as a lieutenant in the 17th South Carolina Volunteers and with Nathan "Shanks" Evans' South Carolina Tramp Brigade. This collection includes Logan's letters home to his wife Sallie, the articles he wrote for the Yorkville Enquirer, and his detailed journal. Book available at WorldCat libraries.
  • Edwards, William Henry and Stevens, Robert J.  Captain Bill: The Records and Writings of Captain William Henry Edwards (and Others), Company A, 17th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States of America, a History and Genealogy of Chester County, S.C. in Five Volumes. ( Richburg, S.C.] (P.O. Box 336, Richburg 29729) : Chester District Genealogical Society, ©1985), 5 vols. Richburg, S.C.: Chester District Genealogical Society, 1985.  Includes indexes and a condensed history of the 17th regiment including military records.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL 975.747 H2s and Other Libraries.
  • Elliott, Charles Pinckney, Elliott's brigade : how it held the Crater and saved Petersburg : a story of the bloodiest hand-to-hand conflict of the war as told by Col. McMaster - laying and firing the mine, (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082647.


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