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History of the 6th South Carolina Volunteers

 

"When the records of this regiment shall appear in history, they will shed lustre (sic) on all its members." - Gen. John Bratton - 6th Regt. Survivors Association Meeting. - July 11, 1878

 

   The 6th South Carolina Infantry was originally a regiment of South Carolina militia. As the 26th Regiment S.C. Militia, the unit was present at the bombardment of Fort Sumter, April, 1861. The regiment transferred to Confederate service in June, 1861. A large number of men refused to transfer and a large reorganization became necessary. The regiment was mustered into Confederate service on June 22, 1861.

   On July 10th, 1861, the 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered from Columbia, South Carolina to Richmond, Virginia. It remained in Richmond and was ordered to join the Confederate Army of the Potomac, arriving at the battlefield of Manassas only hours after the fighting ended there on July 21, 1861. The unit served in that Army until early in 1862. It next served in the Department of Northern Virginia. Troops in that command were absorbed into the Army of Northern Virginia in the spring of 1862. The 6th South Carolina Infantry served in that Army until the summer of 1863. It then served briefly in the Department of Richmond before returning to the Army of Northern Virginia. The unit, as part of Longstreet's Corps, moved to Georgia in the summer of 1863 and served in the Army of Tennessee and, later, in the Department of East Tennessee. In the spring of 1864 the regiment returned to service in the Army of Northern Virginia, serving with that Army for the duration of the War.

   On April 9th, 1865 the 6th South Carolina Infantry surrendered at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. More than 350 members of the regiment surrendered, according to paroles granted at Appomattox. (The regiment surrendered more men than did a number of brigades in the Army of  Northern Virginia).

 

Chronological Order of Battles and Engagements

Involving the Sixth South Carolina

   1861

   1862
   1863
  • Oct. 28-29 - Wauhatchie, Tn.
  • Nov.-Dec. - Knoxville Siege, Tn.
   1864
   1865

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