Welcome From The 6th South Carolina Volunteers
The Sixth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers
is a non-profit Historical and Living History Society composed primarily
of men and women from Rock Hill, Chester and the Fort
Mill area. It
is the intent of the regiments members to present to the general public a
historically accurate depiction of the life of the common soldier and
civilian of the period from 1861 to 1865 both Confederate and Union. We
primarily depict the Sixth Regiment of the South Carolina Volunteer
Infantry because this regiment was
indigenous to this area and has members that can directly trace their
ancestors to it. The Sixth Regiment is a member of the
Palmetto Battalion, a state wide umbrella group, representing all
local reenactment regiments.
living history activities consist of four main presentations, lectures at
local schools, daily life demonstrations at local community events,
lantern tours (a series of vignettes presented at night and illuminated by
candles or lanterns) and reenactments of period battles (both actual and
What's It Like To Reenact?
A Scenario From History...
It is a hot spring day. You and 600 other men are sweating in wool
uniforms, drinking tepid water from "requisitioned" Yankee canteens while
standing in the blazing sunlight in a Virginia hayfield. Suddenly the
officers bark orders that are carried down the long gray line by the
"Attention Battalion! Dress on the colors! Right wheel! Forward!!
The huge line of battle swings in a pivot and you march through the thick,
standing hay. The line parts around isolated trees, it flows over fences
and boulders; it always comes back to a double line of battle led by
bright steel bayonets.
There is an explosion from the wood line ahead, an explosion that you feel
pound your chest from 600 yards away. Artillery! The shell explodes in
front of the line to the right flinging men into the air. The order is
given for an advance at the double-quick. Less than 100 yards from the
guns the orders come to "Halt! Prepare to fire by battalion! Battalion!
Ready! Aim! FIRE!!!"
There is a roar from 600 muskets, a savage roar that until now you have
only imagined. Before you can think about how you feel, more orders are
"Charge Bayonets! Forward at the double quick! March!" and you are
screaming the rebel yell while rushing into a thick pine forest where men
in blue are waiting with their own muskets and bayonets.
It's no longer the year 2015. It is 1862 and you and the 6th Regiment of
South Carolina Volunteer Infantry just roared into the battle of Seven
Pines and into the history books. Before this day is over you and your
sister regiment, the 5th S.C., will push parts of four Yankee regiments
from two separate corps more than a mile and a half, halting only when no
other Confederate forces come to your support because orders went astray,
messengers got lost, the confusion of battle once again took command of
both armies. And you never smell pine again without thinking of this
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