2nd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves

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Brief History

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 2nd Battalion Reserves was organized in the spring of 1864 and was in service by May 1864.  It was mustered into Confederate service on Octobler 31, 1864. On April 9, 1865 at Smithfield, North Carolina, the 2nd Battalion was consolidated "with members of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th South Carolina Reserve Infantry Battalions, the 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion, plus the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 20th South Carolina Volunteers to form the following new units: the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th South Carolina Volunteers Consolidated".[1][2]

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.

The information about the companies and their counties of origin is taken from Seigler's book. Most of the men in these companies came from Anderson and Pickens Districts (Counties)

  • Company A
  • Company B - Anderson District (County)
  • Company C (also known as the Spartan Rangers, the Spartanburg Rangers and the Spartan Rangers Independent Cavalry Reserves) - Spartanburg District (County); a few men also from Union, Colleton, Greenville, Charleston and Pickens Districts (Counties)
  • Company D - Barnwell District (County)
  • Company E - Anderson District (County)
  • Company F - Pickens District (County)
  • Company G - Abbeville District (County)
  • Company H (also known as Captain Kay's Detachment, South Carolina Mounted Reserves and the Palmetto Mounted Infantry) - Pickens District (County)
  • Captain W.R. Jones Company - Anderson District (County)

Source Material

  • 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, this book available through these libraries: WorldCat. Crute's book does not contain a history for this unit.
  • 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)
  • 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.


  1. "South Carolina Reserve and Miscellaneous Units in the War of the Rebellion". Internet site, accessed 12/16/2010. Lists some of the Troop and Reserve units, a few companies, officers and some dates of service.
  2. 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, 196-198. 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.