2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles
The 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles was organized as a regiment April 27, 1862. Companies A-F of this regiment were first 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.using the 5th South Carolina Battalion Rifles as its nucleus. The 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles surrendered on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
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 - Abbeville District, a few from Laurens and Newberry Districts
- Company B - Pickens District, now Oconee County and Pickens County
- Company C - Pickens District, now in Oconee County
- Company D - Anderson District and Pickens District
- Company E - Pickens District, Anderson District, Greenville District
- Company F - Pickens District, Anderson District, Abbeville District
- Company G - Anderson District, Greenville District, and a few from Georgia
- Company H - Pickens District
- Company I - Pickens District (Seigler says there was no Company I)
- Company K - Abbeville, Anderson and Pickens Districts
- Company L (possibly also known as the Butler Guards) - Anderson District, a few from Greenville and Spartanburg Districts
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 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.
- 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. 1. 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.
- 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)
- 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).
- Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), p 63-76.FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 1. 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.
- 2nd South Carolina Regiment of Rifles, (accessed 13 Apr 2011).