2nd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment)

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Brief History

2nd Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Palmetto Regiment] completed its organization near Richmond, Virginia. This regiment was called into State service about April 9, 1861 for twelve months.  It was mustered into the Confederate States service May 22, 1861, and re-organized for the war in May, 1862.About April 9, 1865, the 2nd (Palmetto) Regiment Infantry was consolidated with the 20th Regiment South Caroina Infantry and a part of Blanchard's South Carolina Reserves and formed the new 2nd Reiment South Carolina Infantry.

The men were from Columbia, Camden, and Charleston, and the counties of Sumter, Richland, Greenville, Kershaw, and Lancaster. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.

From the ehistory site (see reference below) it states: "The 2nd South Carolina participated in as many, if not more, battles than any other regiment on either side. It is one of the few units that was established before the bombardment of Fort Sumter and existed until several weeks after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. It established itself as one of the elite shock troop units of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia [1]."   This regiment was a part of Kershaw's Brigade.

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.

Some rosters list only one soldier.

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, {{|590033|}}, 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 Infantry Regiment" from The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources, accessed 11/15/2010.  Lists Company Rosters and a brief Regiment History.
  • "Second South Carolina Regiment" from South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States; Steve Batson's website, accessed Nov 2010. This website also lists officers of the regiment and companies; and battles the regiment was involved in.
  • "2nd Regiment South Carolina Volunteers", from Old Sumter District, South Carolina SCGenWeb and Palmetto State Roots Web Sites, Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010. Includes a history and Roster.
  • "Roster of The Clarendon Blues, 9th Regiment , Company C" by Old Sumter District, South Carolina SCGenWeb Sites and Palmetto State Roots Web Sites, Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010 states: "Upon reorganization, some of the officers and men of this company subsequently served in Co. E, Palmetto Regiment Sharpshooters S.C. A few served in 2nd Co. C 6th SC Infantry. Some served in 2nd Co. E SC Infantry, and others in 2nd Co. K 6th SC Infantry." There is a roster of some of the men.
  • "The Palmetto Regiment", by Military.com Unit Pages, Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010.  This site contains a history of this unit.
  • "2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment" by Mac Wyckoff at eHistory Archive, Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010. Site contains a history, company names & officers, futher sources.
  • "Oliver Johnston Youmans, Company C 2nd South Carolina Infantry", Internet site, accessed 11/27/2010.  Gives a history of Youmans' Company.
  • "South Carolina Civil War Rosters-2nd Regiment", Access Genealogy Internet site, accessed 11/30/2010. This site contains rosters for this Regiment.
  • 2nd Regiment South Carolina Infantry Historical Marker.  Historical Marker Database.  Internet site, accessed 12/30/2010.  Marker near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in honor of the 2nd Regiment South Carolina Infantry.
  • 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.
  • Salley, Alexander Samuel. South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, Vol 2   (The State Co., Columbia, SC 1930)  This volume covers the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th infantry regiments. Digital copy at Internet Archives. Book at Other Libraries
  • Wyckoff, Mac. A History of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, 1861-65  (Publisher: Fredericksburg, Va. : Sergeant Kirkland's Museum & Historical Society, 1994), 278 pages. Examines the role the 2nd South Carolina Infantry played in the great battles of the American Civil War. Includes a detailed roster. Locate book at these libraries.


  1. Kershaw's Brigade, (accessed 7 Apr 2011).