3rd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves

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Brief History

Joseph H. Crute, Jr.'s book, "Units of the Confederate States Army", contains no history for this unit. This regiment most likely transferred into another regiment or was combined with another regiment to create a new regiment, or is another name for an existing regiment. Looking at the service records of the soldiers may give clues to the different regiments they may have served in.

According to the Eastern Digital Resources Internet site, this Battalion was organized for service in 1864. It was made up of mostly boys from the age of 16 to 17. Most of the officers were older men. In viewing some of the different databases it looks like the men of this Battalion served in serveral other different Regiments. View the rosters for references to other Regiments the soldiers may have served in.

On the "South Carolina Reserve & Miscellaneous Units" internet site (see Source Material below) the 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves was involved with the following units:  The 1st Battalion South Carolina Reserves was "organized in mid-1864 with seven companies and served as prison guards in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina. The unit was moved to North Carolina where it was given leave and then joined active service as cavalry, serving as a detachment in Ferguson's Brigade, Wheeler's Cavalry. The battalion was consolidated with members of the 2nd, 6th, and 7th South Carolina Reserve Infantry Battalions, the 3rd South Carolina Infantry Battalion, plus the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 20th South Carolina Volunteers to form the following new units at Smithfield, North Carolina on 9 April 1865 – the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th South Carolina Volunteers Consolidated.

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 have only a few names:

  • Company A - Union District - Roster
  • Company B - Fairfield Districtc - Roster
  • Company C - York District - Roster
  • Company D - York District - Roster
  • Company E - Chester District - Roster
  • Company F - Roster

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, FHL Collection, 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).
  • "SC 3rd Battalion Reserves". The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources an Internet site, accessed 12/01/2010.  Lists References.
  • "South Carolina Reserve Battalions". South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States, Steve Batson's Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010. This website lists officers of the regiment and some brief information about the battalion.
  • "Third (3rd) Battalion of State Troops-Senior Reserves", Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010.  Lists the six companies, counties and rosters.
  • "South Carolina Reserve and Miscellaneous Units in the War of the Rebellion". Internet site, accessed 12/06/2010.  Lists some of the Troop and Reserve units, a few companies, officers and some dates of service.
  • 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 5 Companies (A-E) listed.