SIXTH SOUTH CAROLINA INFANTRY

A Brief History of Unit Command, Organization, and Service

"When the records of this regiment shall appear in history, they will shed lustre (sic) on all its members."

General John Bratton in a speech given by him to the 6th Regt. Survivors Association on July 11, 1878.

The 6th Regiment South Carolina Infantry entered the State service on April 11, 1861, for twelve months and was mustered into the Confederate States service during June and July, 1861. Subsequently it was broken up and a number of men re-enlisted into the Palmetto Regiment South Carolina Sharp Shooters, the 5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, the 13th Battalion South Carolina Infantry and the 17th Regiment South Carolina Infantry.

In February, 1862, the remainder re-enlisted for two years of the war and were re-organized into six companies which were joined on March 27, 1862, by a company of reenlisted men from the 9th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. These seven companies formed the 1st South Carolina Battalion of Re-enlisted Volunteers, which was increased to a regiment April 22, 1862, by the addition of three more companies of re-enlisted men from the 9th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry and designated the 6th Regiment South Carolina Infantry. A number of re-enlisted men from the old 5th Regiment South Carolina Infantry and a few recruits were also assigned to the various companies.

The 6th was engaged at Dranesville under J.E.B. Stuart, then was brigaded under Generals R.H. Anderson, M. Jenkins, and Bratton. The 6th fought with the army from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg, served with Longstreet at Suffolk, and later moved with D.H. Hill to North Carolina. Again with Longstreet, it did not arrive in time to take part in the Battle of Chickamauga but was engaged at Knoxville. Returning to Virginia, it participated in the conflicts at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, endured the hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and saw action around Appomattox. The regiment reported 18 killed and 45 wounded at Dranesville and in April, 1862, contained 550 officers and men. It lost 27 at Williamsburg and fifty-two percent of the 521 at Seven Pines, then sustained 100 casualties at Gaines' Mill and Frayser's Farm, 115 at Second Manassas, 58 during the Maryland Campaign, and 16 at Wauhatchie. In 1864 the unit lost 9 killed and 85 wounded during Wilderness Campaign, and from June 13 to December 31, there were 26 killed, 176 wounded, and 16 missing. On Apirl 9, 1865, it surrendered 30 officers and 328 men. The field officers were Colonels John Bratton, John M. Steedman, and Charles S. Winder; Lieutenant Colonels Andrew J. Secrest and John M. White; and Majors James L. Coker, Edward C. McLure, and Thomas W. Woodward.

 

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COMMAND - 1861

COLONEL: CHARLES SIDNEY WINDER
Captain J H Rion, Fairfield Fencibles, was appointed colonel, 6th South Carolina Infantry, on February 19, 1861, and resigned on June 8, 1861. Major C S Winder, artillery, Confederate States Army, was appointed colonel, 6th South Carolina Infantry, on July 8, 1861.

 

LIEUTENANT COLONEL: Andrew J SECREST
Captain A J Secrest, 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company A (2nd), was appointed lieutenant colonel, 6th South Carolina Infantry, on February 19, 1861.

 

MAJOR THOMAS W WOODWARD
T W Woodward was appointed major, 6th South Carolina Infantry, on February 19, 1861.

Company A (1st) - Fairfield Fencibles: CAPT. JOHN BRATTON
The company was accepted in state service at Fairfield District, South Carolina, on January 5, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on April 11, 1861. The company declined Confederate service at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 12, 1861, and was disbanded on July 10, 1861.

 

Company A (2nd) - Calhoun Guards: CAPT. J T WALKER
The company was accepted in state service at Chester, Chester District, South Carolina, under the command of Captain A J Secrest, on January 28, 1861, and Captain A J Secrest, 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company A (2nd), was appointed lieutenant colonel, 6th South Carolina Infantry, on February 19, 1861. The company was mustered in state service for one year at Chester, Chester District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861.

 

Company B - Catawba Guards or Light Infantry: CAPT. G L STRAIT
The company was accepted in state service at Chester, Chester District, South Carolina, in February 1861 and was mustered in state service for one year on April 11, 1861.

 

Company C (1st) - Cedar Creek Rifles or Rifle Company: CAPT. J B HARRISON
The company was mustered in state service at Fairfield District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861, and declined Confederate service at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 12, 1861.

 

Company C (2nd) - Buckhead Guards: CAPT. E J MEANS
The company was mustered in state service at Buckhead, Fairfield District, South Carolina, for one year on April 11, 1861.

 

Company D - Boyce Guards: CAPT. J N SHEDD
The company was accepted in state service at Winnsboro, Fairfield District, South Carolina, on January 5, 1861, and was mustered in state service for one year on April 11, 1861.

 

Company E (1st) - Little River Guards: CAPT. J M BRICE
The company was mustered in state service for one year at Chester District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861, and declined Confederate service at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 12, 1861.

 

Company E (2nd) - Chester Guards: CAPT. O HARDEN
The company was mustered in state service for one year at Chester District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861.

 

Company F  - Chester Blues: CAPT. E C MCLURE
The company was accepted in state service for one year at Chester District, South Carolina, on January 19, 1861, and was mustered in state service on April 11, 1861.

 

Company G - Pickens Guards: CAPT. J M MOORE
The company was mustered in states service for one year at Hopewell Community, Chester District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861.

 

Company H - York Guards or Volunteers: CAPT. J M WHITE
The company was mustered in state service for one year at Fort Mill, York District, South Carolina, as part of the 9th South Carolina Infantry on April 11, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Kings Mountain Railroad to Ridgeville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 22, 1861. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year as the 6th South Carolina Company H, at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on July 2, 1861.

 

Company I - Limestone Springs Infantry: CAPT. W D CAMP
The company was mustered in state service for one year at Limestone Springs, Spartanburg District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Union & Spartanburg Railroad to Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on July 7, 1861. The company arrived by the South Carolina Railroad at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, at 10 pm on July 9, 1861. The company was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, at 10 am on July 10, 1861.

 

Company K - Carolina Mountaineers: CAPT. S D GOODLETT
The company was mustered in state service for one year at Greenville District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for one year at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on July 2, 1861. Captain S D Goodlett, 6th South Carolina Infantry, resigned on October 8, 1861.

 

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STATE SERVICE

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The 6th South Carolina Infantry was stationed at Winnsboro, Fairfield District, South Carolina, on March 20, 1861, and arrived by the South Carolina Railroad at Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the evening on April 11, 1861.

 

Organization of 6th South Carolina Infantry, April 11 - June 12, 1861

Colonel J H Rion, Lieutenant Colonel A J Secrest, Major T W Woodward; Company A, Fairfield Fencibles (76), Captain J Bratton; Company B, Boyce Guards (81), Captain J N Shedd; Company C, Cedar Creek Rifles (71), Captain J B Harrison; Company D, Buckhead Guards (75), Captain E J Means; Company E, Little River Guards (81), Captain J M Brice; Company F, Chester Guards (99), Captain O Harden; Company G, Chester Blues (96), Captain E C McLure; Company H, Catawba Guards or Light Infantry (78), Captain G L Strait; Company I, Pickens Guards (81), Captain J M Moore; Company K, Calhoun Guards (108), Captain J T Walker

 

Charleston to Ft. Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, 8 mi S. of Charleston, SC, Co's A & D, April 12 - Jun 3, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies A and D, were ordered to proceed by the steamer Edisto on Wappoo Creek to Fort Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, under the command of Colonel J H Rion, in the evening on April 12, 1861, and was accompanied by Company B.

 

Note: The Charleston Riflemen, 17th South Carolina Militia Infantry, under the command of Captain J Johnson, Jr., and a detachment of the Washington Artillery, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery, under the command of Captain G H Walker, were ordered to proceed by the steamer Edisto to Fort Pickens (four 24 pounders), on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, at 4 pm on April 9, 1861, and arrived in the evening the same day. Captain J Johnson, Jr., Charleston Riflemen, was appointed commandant at Fort Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, and First Lieutenant J A Blake, Charleston Riflemen, was assigned to command the Charleston Riflemen between April 9-12, 1861, and the Washington Artillery arrived by the steamer Edisto at Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, at 2.30 am on May 1, 1861. The 1st South Carolina Battalion Artillery, Company C, and the 1st South Carolina (Regulars) Infantry, Company H, arrived by steamer at Fort Pickens, Battery Island, on the Stono River, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on May 30, 1861.

 

Garrison at Ft. Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, 8 mi S. of Charleston, Charleston District, SC, April 12, 1861

Colonel J H Rion, 6th South Carolina Infantry; 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company A, Captain J Bratton; 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company D, Captain E J Means; Charleston Riflemen, 17th South Carolina Militia Infantry, Captain J Johnson, Jr.; Washington Artillery, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery, Captain G H Walker; Rutledge Mounted Riflemen, detachment, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery, Third Lieutenant E L Rivers; Corps Engineers, South Carolina Army, First Lieutenant J McCrady

 

Note: Colonel J H Rion, 6th South Carolina Infantry, was appointed commandant at Fort Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the evening on April 12, 1861, and the Rutledge Mounted Riflemen arrived at Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the morning on April 30, 1861.

 

Charleston to Fort Palmetto, Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, Company B, April 12 -June 3, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company B, was ordered to proceed by the steamer Edisto on Wappoo Creek to Fort Palmetto, Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, under the command of Colonel J H Rion, in the evening on April 12, 1861, and was accompanied by Companies A and D.

Note: The Lafayette Artillery, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery, under the command of Captain J J Pope, Jr., was stationed at Fort Palmetto (two 24 pounders and two 18 pounders), Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, on January 31, 1861, and the Marion Rifles (95), under the command of Captain C B Sigwald, on March 20, 1861. The Lafayette Artillery and the Marion Rifles were relieved by the 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies F, G, H, and K, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A J Secrest and Major T W Woodward, on April 24, 1861, and the Lafayette Artillery arrived by the steamer Edisto at Commercial Wharf, Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the morning and the Marion Rifles by the General Clinch in the evening on April 25, 1861.

 

Garrison at Fort Palmetto, Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, April 12, 1861

Captain J J Pope, Jr., Lafayette Artillery, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery; Marion Rifles, 16th South Carolina Militia Infantry, Captain C B Sigwald; 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company B, Captain J N Shedd

 

Charleston to Sullivan's Island, Charleston District, South Carolina, Companies H & K, April 12-13, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies H and K, were ordered to proceed by steamer to Sullivan's Island, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the evening on April 12, 1861, and arrived at Mount Pleasant, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the evening the same day. Companies H and K arrived at Sullivan's Island, Charleston District, South Carolina, on April 13, 1861.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies H and K, were stationed at Sullivan's Island, Charleston District, South Carolina, during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, on April 13, 1861.

 

At Cole's Island we found the Boyce Guards, who had been
drilling as heavy artillerists and manning the two 24-pounders
mounted in the fort called Fort Palmetto ; and from this little
concrete fort, which bad been built by the Spaniards of old, we
fired occasional shots of defiance at the majestic Niagara as she
steamed up and dow-n the coast on her blockading duties, hoping
to draw her near enough to blow her out of the water with our
formidable battery. Fortunately for this portion of the command,
shallow water intervened between us and that certain
destruction which would have resulted to ourselves and fort if
she could have approached near enough to strike us only with
a single shell.
At Cole's Island we found the Boyce Guards, who had been drilling as heavy artillerists and manning the two 24-pounders mounted in the fort called Fort Palmetto ; and from this little concrete fort, which had been built by the Spaniards of old, we fired occasional shots of defiance at the majestic Niagara as she steamed up and down the coast on her blockading duties, hoping to draw her near enough to blow her out of the water with our formidable battery. Fortunately for this portion of the command, shallow water intervened between us and that certain destruction which would have resulted to ourselves and fort if she could have approached near enough to strike us only with a single shell.
Major T. W. Woodard, 6th SC, - 1883 Survivors' Meeting

Charleston to Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, Companies C, E, F, G, & I, April 14, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies C, E, F, G, and I, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A J Secrest and Major T W Woodward, were ordered to proceed by steamer to Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on 14 April, 1861.

 

Note: Brigadier General J W Simons, Fourth Brigade (Charleston), Second Division, South Carolina Militia, was assigned to command Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by General Orders No.1, Headquarters, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on 11 April, 1861.

 

General Orders No.8, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Northern Portion, Morris Island, April 14, 1861

Major C S Winder, artillery, Confederate States Army, was assigned as staff to Brigadier General J W Simons, Fourth Brigade (Charleston), Second Division, South Carolina Militia, by General Orders No.8, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Northern Portion, Morris Island, on April 14, 1861.

 

Note: Captain C S Winder, 9th United States Infantry, Company E, resigned on April 1, 1861, and was appointed major, artillery, Confederate States Army, on April 5, 1861, dated March 16, 1861.

 

Special Orders No.21, Paragraph II, HQ, North Portion, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, Co's C, E, F, G, & I, April 26, 1861

One company of the 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to the rear of the Star of the West Battery and Battery B at Morris Island, Charleston Harbor; one company to the sand hills on the left of Battery E; one company to the sand hills to the right of Battery D; one company between Batteries E and Battery F; and one company to Battery F in the rear of Lieutenant Colonel W G DeSaussure's Headquarters, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by Special Orders No.21, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Northern Portion, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on April 16, 1861.

 

Note: Lieutenant Colonel T G Lamar, aide to Governor F W Pickens, was assigned to command Battery E (one 8 inch Columbiad), by Orders No.17, Headquarters, Provisional Army, Confederate States Army, Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on March 21, 1861, and the German Artillery, Company A, under the command of Captain C Nohrden, was assigned to Batteries D and F (two 8 inch Columbiads and two 8 inch Sea Coast howitzers) and at Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by General Orders No.8, paragraph III, Headquarters, Battalion of Artillery, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on March 27, 1861. The German Artillery, Company A, was ordered to Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by orders No.393, First Regiment of Artillery, South Carolina Militia, Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, at 10 am on March 12, 1861. The Columbia Artillery was assigned to the Star of the West Battery (two 24 pounders) and Batteries B and C (two 24 pounders each), at Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, under the command of Captain A J Green, by General Orders No.8, Paragraph II, Headquarters, Battalion of Artillery, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on March 27, 1861.

 

Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, to Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, Companies F & K, 24 & April 25, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies F and K, arrived at Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, on April 24, 1861, and relieved the Lafayette Artillery, 1st South Carolina Militia Artillery, and the Marion Rifles on April 25, 1861.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company F, was stationed at Legaré's Landing, on the Stono River, James Island, Charleston Harbor, on May 29, 1861

Distribution of 6th South Carolina Infantry, May 30, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies A, C, D, E, and I, under the command of Colonel J H Rion, were stationed at Fort Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina; Company F at Fort Johnson, Windmill Point, James Island, Charleston Harbor; and Companies B, G, H, and K, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A J Secrest and Major T W Woodward, at Fort Palmetto, Cole's Island, near the mouth of Stono River, on May 30, 1861.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry (200), Companies H and K, were stationed at Sullivan's Island, Charleston District, South Carolina, on April 21, 1861, and the 1st South Carolina Battalion Artillery, Company C (100), under the command of Captain G S James, was stationed at Fort Johnson, Windmill Point, James Island, Charleston Harbor, on March 3 and April 4, 1861. The 1st South Carolina Battalion Artillery, Company C, was mustered in Confederate service for the duration of its term of state service at Fort Johnson, Windmill Point, James Island, Charleston Harbor, by Major & Assistant Adjutant General D R Jones, Confederate States Army, on May 22, 1861, and was ordered to Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on May 29, 1861. The 1st South Carolina Battalion Artillery, Company C, was ordered to proceed by steamer to Fort Pickens, on the Stono River, Battery Island, eight miles south of Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on May 30, 1861, and was accompanied by the 1st South Carolina (Regulars) Infantry, Company H, under the command of Captain W Adams. The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies A, C, D, E, and I, under the command of Colonel J H Rion, were ordered to Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on May 30, 1861.

 

Major General M L Bonham, South Carolina Volunteers, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, April 14-21, 1861

Major General M L Bonham, South Carolina Volunteers, was assigned to command the troops stationed at Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, by General Orders No.6, Headquarters, Division South Carolina Volunteers, Morris Island, Charleston Harbor, on April 14, 1861, and was relieved by General Orders No.27, Headquarters, Provisional Army of South Carolina, Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, on April 21, 1861.

Distinctly do you recall the thrilling scenes of
that ever-memorable morning—bow we were awakened by the
boom of the first gun from Fort Johnson ; how you rushed out,
formed your companies, and clamored for your arms, which
were here for the first time issued to the command; and then
the inarch to the battery, where we remained silent but eager
spectators of the conflict which was going on around the harbor.
Distinctly do you recall the thrilling scenes of that ever-memorable morning — how we were awakened by the boom of the first gun from Fort Johnson ; how you rushed out, formed your companies, and clamored for your arms, which were here for the first time issued to the command; and then the march to the battery, where we remained silent but eager spectators of the conflict which was going on around the harbor. — Major T. W. Woodward, 6th SC - Survivors' Association Meeting - Chester, SC, Aug 9, 1863

 

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CONFEDERATE SERVICE

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to proceed by the South Carolina Railroad to Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 3, 1861, and arrived at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 4, 1861.

 

Mustered in one year, Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, June 12 & 19, & July 2 & 10, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company K, was mustered into Confederate service for one year as the 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company A (2nd), at Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, by Major J Dunovant, infantry, Confederate States Army, on June 12, 1861; Companies B, D, F, G, H, and I, for one year as the 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies D, C (2nd), E (2nd), F, B, and G, respectively, on June 19, 1861; Companies H and K for one year on July 2, 1861; and Company I for one year at 10 am on July 10, 1861.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies A, C, and E, declined Confederate service at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on 12 June, 1861, and were disbanded between 12 June and July 10, 1861.

 

Fort Mill, York District, to Ridgeville & Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, Company H, July 1, 1861

The York Guards or Volunteers were ordered to proceed by the Kings Mountain Railroad to Ridgeville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on June 22, 1861, and arrived by the South Carolina Railroad at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, at 12 pm on July 1, 1861.

 

Greenville District of Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, Company K, July 2, 1861

The Carolina Mountaineers arrived by the South Carolina Railroad at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, at 9 am on July 2, 1861.

 

Limestone Springs, Spartanburg District, to Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, Company I, July 7-9, 1861

The Limestone Springs Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Union & Spartanburg Railroad to Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, on July 7, 1861, and arrived by the South Carolina Railroad at Camp Woodward, near Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, at 10 pm on July 9, 1861.

 

Summerville, Dorchester District, South Carolina, to Richmond, Virginia, July 16-19, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to proceed by the South Carolina Railroad to Richmond Virginia, at 10 am on July 16, 1861, and arrived by the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad at Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina, via Charleston, Charleston District, South Carolina, in the evening on July 17, 1861. The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies A, C, and E, arrived by the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Petersburg, Virginia, on July 18, 1861, and Companies B, D, F, G, H, I, and K at 4 pm on July 19, 1861.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company H, was ordered to proceed by the South Carolina Railroad to Richmond Virginia, on July 15, 1861, and arrived by the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad on July 19, 1861, and the 6th South Carolina Infantry was stationed at Church Hill, at the corner of Twenty-fifth and Marshall Streets (map), Richmond, Virginia, between July 18 and 20, 1861.

 

Richmond to Manassas Junction, Virginia, July 20-21, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Virginia Central Railroad to Manassas Junction, Virginia, at 10 pm on July 20, 1861, and arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction (map), via Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia, at 2 pm on July 21, 1861.

 

Manassas Junction to Lee's Farm, on the Old Warrenton, Alexandria & Washington Road, July 21, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to Lee's Farm, on the Old Warrenton, Alexandria & Washington Road, at 3 pm on July 21, 1861, and arrived at 5 pm the same day.

 

Note: The 6th South Carolina Infantry was assigned to the Third Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on July 25, 1861.

 

Organization of Third Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, July 25, 1861

4th South Carolina Infantry, 5th South Carolina Infantry, 6th South Carolina Infantry, 9th South Carolina Infantry

 

Lee's Farm, on the Old Warrenton, Alexandria & Washington Rd, to Union Mills & Centreville Rd, between the Braddock Road & Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, July 28, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to the Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road & Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, by Special Orders No.173, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on July 26, 1861, and proceeded at 10 am on July 28, 1861. The regiment arrived at Camp Pettus, near the Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road & Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, at 3 pm the same day.

 

Union Mills & Centreville Road, between the Braddock Road and Union Mills Ford, on the Bull Run River, to Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, August 12, 1861

The 6th South Carolina Infantry was ordered to Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, by Special Orders No.218, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on August 10, 1861, and proceeded at 8 am on August 12, 1861. The regiment arrived at Germantown, Fairfax County, Virginia, at 2 pm the same day.

 

Reorganized at Orange Courthouse, Orange County, & Yorktown, York County, Virginia, March 27 & April 22, 1862

The 9th South Carolina Infantry, Company E, under the command of Captain E B Cantey, was assigned as the 6th South Carolina Infantry, Company C (3rd), at Orange Courthouse, Orange County, Virginia, on March 27, 1862; the 9th South Carolina Infantry, Companies H, G, and C, under the command of Captains J W Walker, J L Coker, and W S Brand, as the 6th South Carolina Infantry, Companies D (2nd), E (3rd), and K (2nd), respectively, at Yorktown, York County, Virginia, on April 22, 1862.

 

Note: Six companies of the 6th South Carolina Infantry were mustered in Confederate service for the war at Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, in February, 1862.

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Reorganization of 6th SC Infantry, April 22, 1862

  • Col J Bratton

  • Lt Col J M Steadman

  • Major T W Woodward

  • Co A, Captain G L Strait

  • Co B, Captain J M White

  • Co C, Captain E B Cantey

  • Co D, Captain J W Walker

  • Co E, Captain J L Coker

  • Co F, Captain J L Gaston

  • Co G, Captain J M Phimney

  • Co H, Captain W B Lyles

  • Co I, Captain E C McLure

  • Co K, Captain W S Brand

 

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Chronological Order of Main Battle Engagements

 

1861

  • Fort Sumter, SC (APR 12-13)

  • Dranesville, VA (DEC 20)

1862

  • Yorktown Siege, VA (APR - MAY)

  • Williamsburg, VA (MAY 4)

  • Seven Pines, Va (MAY 31 - JUN 1)

  • Seven Days Battles, VA (JUN 25 - JUL 1)

  • Gaines Mill, VA (JUN 27)

  • Frayser's Farm, VA (JUN 30)

  • 2nd Manassas, VA (AUG 28-30)

  • South Mountain, MD (SEP 14)

  • Sharpsburg, MD (SEP 17)

  • Fredericksburg, VA (DEC 11-15)

1863

  • Wauhatchie, TN (OCT 28-29)

  • Knoxville Siege, TN (NOV - DEC)

  • The Wilderness, VA (MAY 5-6)

1864

  • Spotsylvania Court House, VA (MAY 8-21)

  • North Anna, VA (MAY 23-26)

  • Cold Harbor, VA (JUN 1-3)

  • Petersburg Siege, VA (JUN 1864 - APR of '65)

  • 2nd Fort Harrison, VA (SEP 30)

  • Williamsburg Road, VA (OCT 27

1865

  • Appomattox Court House, VA (APR 9)

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SOURCE MATERIALS

  1. South Carolina's military organizations during the War Between the States: The Midlands, by Robert S Seigler

  2. Address of Major Thomas W Woodward, delivered before the Survivors Association of the Sixth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, at Chester, S. C., on August 9, 1883, Fort Sumter to Dranesville., Columbia, S. C., printed at the Presbyterian Publishing House 1883.

  3. South Carolina in the Civil War: The Confederate experience in letters and diaries, by J Edward Lee and Ron Chepesiuk.

  4. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina.

  5. South Carolina State Archives & History - Columbia, SC.

 
 
 

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