21st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

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21st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

Brief History

21st Infantry Regiment was organized in November, 1861, with men from what is known as the Pee Dee region of the state. It served for some time in the Charleston area attached to General Hagood's Brigade in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Surrendered with the Army of Tennessee[1].

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

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.

A Company - Captain J. Harleston Read; Captain Thomas Ford

B Company - (also known as Wilds' Rifles), many men from Darlington District (County): Captain Samuel H. Wilds

C Company - (also known as Clarendon Guards):  Captain Y.N. Butler D Company - Captain Milford G. Tarr

E Company - Captain B.T. Davis; Captain A.W. Davis

F Company - many men from Marlboro District (County): Captain J. Alexander W. Thomas

G Company - Captain E.C. Stockton; Captain Robert Dickenson; Captain R.W. Reddy

H Company - Captain John F.A. Elliott; Captain Hartwell Spain; Captain D.G. DuBose

I Company - Captain Evander M. Woodbury; Captain Richard G. Howard

K Company - (also known as Timmonsville Minute Men): Captain James W. Owens

L Company - Captain Neal C. McDuffie; Captain Hanibal LeGette; Captain William C. Baker [2][3].

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,207 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • 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).
  • Dubose, Henry Kershaw. The History of Company B, Twenty-First Regiment (infantry) South Carolina Volunteers : Confederate States Provisional Army (Columbia, S.C. : R.L. Bryan, 1909), 130 pages. Microfiche copies at FHL 6082648 and Other Libraries.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).
  2. 21st South Carolina Volunteers, (accessed 13 Apr 2011).
  3. W W Sellers, A history of Marion County, South Carolina : from its earliest times to the present, 1901,(Greenville, South Carolina : Southern Historical Press, c1996), pg. 572 [1] (accessed 5/8/2013) see [2]