2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry

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Brief History

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment was organized during the summer of 1862 by consolidating the 4th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion and the Cavalry Battalion of Hampton's South Carolina Legion. In May, 1864, the Infantry Battalion of Hampton's South Carolina Legion was mounted and united with the 2nd Cavalry. It was then redesignated the Hampton South Carolina Cavalry Legion.

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 Boykin Mounted Rangers) - Kershaw County
  • Company B (also known as Beaufort Detachment,Hampton Legion, Beaufort District Troop, Beaufort Dragoons) - Beaufort County
  • Company C (also known as Hapmton Detachment and Congree Mounted Riflemen) - Richland County
  • Company D (also known as McKewn's Cavalry, Wassamassaw Cavalry) - Charleston County
  • Company E (alson known as Dean's Cavalry) - Spartanburg County
  • Company F (also known as Easley's Cavalry) - Pickens County
  • Company G (also known as Bonham's Light Dragoons) - Edgefield County
  • Company H (also known as Congaree Troops) - Richland County
  • Company I (also known as Edgefield Hussars or formerly known as Company A, Cavalry Battalion, Hampton Legion) - Edgefield County - Roster
  • Company K (Formerly knowns as Company B, Cavalry Detachment, Hampton Legion, Brooks' Troops) - Greenville 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. FHL book 973 M2crua, 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).
  • "2nd Cavalry Regiment". The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina from Eastern Digital Resources, an Internet site, accessed 11/15/2010.  Lists Company Roster for Company I and a brief Regiment History.
  • South Carolina Cavalry, Second South Carolina Cavalry Regiment, South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States, Steve Batson's Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010. This website also lists officers of the regiment and companies; and battles the regiment was involved in. The reference to the Second Cavalry Battalion states:  See Eigth Cavalry Battalion. 
  • "Hampton Legion-2nd South Carolina Cavalry 1861-1865", eHistory Archive Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010. Gives a brief history about the regiment and Hampton.
  • Henderson, E. Prioleau. Autobiography of Arab. Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990. FHL fiche 6082614 (2 fiche).
  • Hewett, Janet B., ed. Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001. FHL book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 64 & 65. Lists officers, companies, some nicknames for the companies and dates involving the company and places where they were stationed. There are 10 Companies (A-I, K) listed.
  • Boykin, Richard Manning   Captain Alexander Hamilton Boykin one of South Carolina's distinguished citizens   (New York: Pandick Press. 1942), 265 pages. Book at WorldCat.org