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
Chronological Order of Battles and Engagements
Involving the Sixth South Carolina
Oct. 28-29 -
Nov.-Dec. - Knoxville Siege, Tn.
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