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 Regiment 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.

  • Company A (also known as Governor's Guards)  Mustered in May 22, 1861.Many men from Columbia District (County), Pickens District (County) and Richland District ( Richland County ) - Roster, Roster ,
  • Company B (also known as Butler's Guards)  Many men from Greenville District ( Greenville County) - Roster, Roster  Organized about January 5, 1861 and called to active duty April 15, 1861
  • Company C (also known as Columbia Grays) - Many men from Richland District (Richland County) - Roster, Roster  Organized January 7, 1861.
  • Company D (also known as Sumter Guards and Sumter Volunteers)  Many men from Sumter District (Sumter County) - Roster, Roster Organized January 7, 1861.
  • Company E (also known as Camden Volunteers and Camden Light Infantry)  Many men from Camden District and Kershaw District (Kershaw County} - Roster, Roster Organized January 8, 1861 and called into active service April 9, 1861
  • Company F (also known as Seccession Guard)  Many men from Anderson District (Anderson County) & Abbeville District (Abbeville County) - Roster Raised January 10, 1861 and ordered to Charleston April 14 1861.
  • Company G (also known as Flat Rock Guards) Many men from Kershaw District (Kershaw County) - Roster, Roster  Organized January 16, 1861 and called into active service April 28, 1861.
  • Company H (also known as Lancaster Invincibles) Many men from Lancaster District (Lancaster County) - Roster  Organized January 8, 1861 and called into active service April 28, 1861
  • Company I - (also known as Palmetto Guards) - Many men from Charleston District (Charleston County) & Beaufort District (Beaufort County) - RosterRoster  Origin dates back to the Mexican War. Ordered into state service December 27, 1860.
  • Company K - (also known as Brooks Guards Volunteers)  Many men from Charleston District ( Charleston County) - Roster, Roster  Organized May 8, 1861 and sent to Richmond May 12, 1861.
  • Field and Staff , Field and Staff (2)

Some County listing and dates organized from: Mac Wyckoff, A History of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, 1861-1865 (Fredericksburg, Virginia : Sergeant Kirkland's Museum and Historical Society, c1994), 278 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2w and Other Libraries.

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. Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 973 M2crua, other libraries at WorldCat, (accessed 14 Apr 2011).
  • 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.
  • "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.


  • 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 the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 975.7 M2w, and at these libraries, (accessed 15 Apr 2011).
  • Dedmondt, Glenn. Southern Bronze : Capt. Garden's (S.C.) Artillery Company During the War Between the States (Columbia, South Carolina : Palmetto Bookworks, c1993), 255 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2dg and Other Libraries.
  • Howard, Robert M.  Reminiscences.  (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).   Includes a description of activities of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (Confederate) in the following battles or localities: 1st Manassas, Va.; Williamsburg, Va.; Seven Pines, Va.; Richmond, Ky.; Franklin, Tenn.; and Nashville, Tenn.  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 15 Apr 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082626.
  • Dickert, D. Augustus. History of Kershaw's Brigade : With Complete Roll of Companies, Biographical Sketches, Incidents, Anecdotes, etc.  (Dayton, Ohio : Morningside Bookshop, 1976), 583 pages. Rosters for the 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Regimental companies are found on pages 543-551. Digital copies at Google Books and Internet Archives. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2d 1976 and Other Libraries.
  • Ash, Stephen V.  Firebrand of liberty : the story of two black regiments that changed the course of the Civil War, (New York, New York : W.W. Norton, c2008).  Includes bibliographical references and index.  Available online at Google Books, (accessed 16 Feb 2011).  Also available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Book 975.7 M2as.
  • Kershaw, C.D.  Richard Kirkland, C.S.A., (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).  Includes a description of activities of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (Confederate) in some of their battles.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082627.
  • Eaton, Lafayette Claud. Butler Guards : Company B, 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (Confederate states army, [S.l. : s.n., 19--], 151 pages. Includes roll call of Company B, 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment with biographical information. Microfilm copy at FHL 2055147 Item 2
  • Salley, A. S.   South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service ( Columbia, S.C. : R.L. Bryan Co., 1913-1930), 3 Volumes. Compiled from muster rolls, pay rolls and returns in the United States War Department. Includes indexes in each volume.                                                                        Volume I : First regiment, S.C. Infantry (Regulars); First regiment, S.C.V. --
    Volume II : Second regiment, S.C.V. ; Third regiment, S.C.V. ; Fourth regiment, S.C.V. --
    Volume III : Fifth regiment, S.C.V. Digital copy at FHL 982339. Book or microfilm at Other Libraries


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