2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
The 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry was organized during the summer of 1862 (22nd of August) 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.In April 1865, the 2nd Regiment Cavalry were on picket duty along the Cape Fear River. They were ordered to march to Charlotte and then on to Chester, South Carolina where they were furloughed.
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 and Hampton Scouts) - 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
Other 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.
- 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)
- "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 Eighth 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
- Henderson, Edward P Autobiography of Arab (Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1901), 170 pages. Digital Copy at Internet Archive, Book at WorldCat.org
- Mays, Samuel Elias Genealogical Notes on the Family of Mays, and Reminiscences of the War Between the States (Plant City, Printed by Plant City enterprise, 1927), 324 pages. From notes written around the campfires by Samuel Elias Mays, born in South Carolina, Nov. 12th, 1834. Book at WorldCat.org
- Moore, Henry Woodbury and James Washington Moore. Chained to Virginia While Carolina Bleeds : the Civil War Correspondence of Henry Woodbury Moore and James Washington Moore, Gillisonville, Beaufort District, South Carolina ( Columbia, S.C. : H.W. Moore, ©1996), 232 pages. Includes information on the Hampton Legion. Book atWorldCat.com
- 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. 2. 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.
- Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), p??.FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 2. 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.
- 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).