3rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

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Brief History

The 3rd Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Infantry was also known as the 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers.  It began it's organization in the first part of 1861 and mustered into state serve in March 1861.  Further enlistment was at Camp Johnson north of Columbia, South Carolina, in April, 1861 and it was then mustered into Confederate service. In May 1862, the 3rd Infantry was involved in the reorganization of units.  This unit did not have any major changes. About April 9, 1865 the 3rd Regiment South Carolina Infantry was consolidated with the 8th Regiment South Carolina Infantry, the 3rd Battalion South Carolina Infantry and part of Blanchard's South Carolina Reserves to form the new 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry. This regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee on April 26, 1865 near Greensboro, North Carolina and the unit was paroled on May 2, 1865.[1][2][3] This Regiment was part of Kershaw's Brigade [4].

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.

The 2nd rosters list contain only a couple of names.  All  companies rondezvouse April 17, 1861 and are received paroles May 2nd and 3rd 1965.

County listings from: Mac Wyckoff. A History of the Third South Carolina Infantry, 1861-1865 (Sergeant Kirkland's Museum and Historical Society, Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia, c1995), 330 p. Includes rosters. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2wm 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. 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).
  • "South Carolina Civil War Rosters". Access Genealogy Internet site, accessed 12/17/2010. Lists the company officers and gives the rosters for each company. 
  • "South Carolina 3rd Infantry Regiment Volunteers". The War for Southern Independence in South Carolina. Eastern Digital Resources an Internet site, accessed 12/01/2010.  Lists a brief Regiment History and the rosters for the Companies B, E, F, and H.
  • "Third South Carolina Infantry". South Carolina's Service in the War Between the States, Steve Batson's Internet site, accessed 12/02/2010. This website lists the counties and nicknames of the companies. It also lists officers of the regiment and companies; and battles the regiment was involved in.
  • The 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment, by Mac Wyckoff at eHistoryArchives, an Internet site, accessed 12/03/2010. Site contains a history, a list of companies officers and sources.
  • The Stoddard Family Letters.  Internet site, accessed 12/27/2010. Letters concerning the 14th South Carolina Regiment (also the 3rd & 24th Infantry Regiments).
  • Everson, Guy R. and Edward H. Simpson, Jr., editors. Far, Far from home: The Waretime Letters of Dick and Tally Simpson, 3rd South Carolina Volunteers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.  Google Books.
  • Buzhardt, Beaufort Simpson.  Beaufort Simpson Buzhardt, 1838-1862.  (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990).  Includes a description of activities of the 3rd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (Confederate) in the following battles or localities: 1st Manassas, Va.; Seven Pines, Va.; Mechanicsville, Va.; Savage Station, Va.  Available at the Family History Library, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6082629.
  • 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
  • Salley, Alexander Samuel. Tentative roster of the Third regiment, South Carolina volunteers, confederate States provisional army. ( Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), 129 pages. Digital copies at Google and Internet Archives. Libraries with book.
  • Davis, Sam B.  A History of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Battalion (James Battalion): 1861-1865   (Wilmington, North Carolina : Broadfoot Pub. Co., c2009), 549 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2ds and Other Libraries.
  • 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 3rdSouth Carolina Volunteer Regimental companies are found on pages 551-557. Digital copies at Google Books and Internet Archives. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2d 1976 and Other Libraries.
  • Salley, A. S. Tentative Roster of the Third Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Confederate States Provisional Army (Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990), 129 pages. Digital copies at Google Books andInternet Archives. Book at Other Libraries.


  1. 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).
  2. Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), v. 3, p 77-95.FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 3. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Kershaw's Brigade, (accessed 7 Apr 2011).