2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles

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Brief History

Formed on Sullivans Island in late 1861 as the 1st Battalion of Rifles; reorganized in the Spring of 1862 from the 5th South Carolina Battalion, also known as the 5th South Carolina Battalion of Rifles; redesignated as 2nd South Carolina Regiment of Rifles 12 May 1862; 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, surrendered 22 officers and 274 men [1].

Crute's history states that the 2nd Regiment Rifles was organized during the spring of 1862 using the 5th South Carolina Battalion Rifles as its nucleus.

The soldiers service records located on Footnote.com state that Companies A-F of this regiment were organized in October and November, 1861, and were temporarily attached to the 1st Orr's Regiment South Carolina Rifles until Deceber 10, 1861, when the 5th (also known as the 1st and as Moore's) Battalion South Carolina Rifles was formed of these companies. About January 11, 1862, Company G was added to the battalion, which was increased to a regiment April 27, 1862, by the addition of Companies H, K, L and designated the 2nd Regiment South Carolina Rifles.

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.

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 Rifles 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 Rifles-Moore's Rifles, South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States; Steve Batson's website, accessed 11/30/2010. This website also lists officers of the regiment and companies; and battles the regiment was involved in.
  • 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 11 Companies (A-I, K-L) listed.


  1. 2nd South Carolina Regiment of Rifles, (accessed 13 Apr 2011).