16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry (also known as the 16th Battalion, South Carolina Partisan Rangers) was organized July 21, 1862 with seven companies; with additional companies added on 19 January 1863. About November 1862, three more companies were added and the 16th Battalion Cavalry was designated as the 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry.[1][2]

Companies in this Battalion with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

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.

Company A - (also known as the Carolina Guerrillas and Captain M.A. Sullivan's Company) -men from  Laurens District (County), Greenville District (County), Pickens District (County), Abbeville District (County) and Anderson Districts (County), a few men from Spartanburg District (County)

Company B - (also known as the Edgefield Rangers, the Edgefield Partisan Rangers and Captain Lewis Jones's Company) -many men from Edgefield District (County), a few men from Richland District (County) , Abbeville District (County), Lexington District (County), Marlboro District (County) and Colleton District (County)

Company C - (also known as Captain P.W. Goodwyn's Company) - many men from Abbeville District (County) and Fairfield District (County), a few men from Spartanburg District (County), Anderson District (County), Orangeburg District (County) and Laurens District (County)

Company D - (also known as Captain W.M. Hale's Company)

Company E - (also known as the Laurens Partizans and Captain J.P. Knight's Company) - many men from  Laurens District (County) and Spartanburg District (County)

Company F - (also known as the Cadet Company, the Cadet Troop, the Cadet Rangers and Captain M.B. Humphrey's Company) - The men were Cadets from throughout the State.

Company G - (also known as Captain John R. Miot's Company) - many men from Richland District (County), Abbeville District (County) and Edgefield District (County)

Information about the companies is taken from Seigler's book.[2]

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • 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).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 16th South Caroina Cavalry Battalion, (accessed 11 Apr 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robert S. Seigler. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008.), v. 2, p 305-308.FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 2. 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