24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

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24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry

Brief History

The 24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry was organized during the winter of 1861-1862. It was also known as Capers's Regiment, the 24th South Carolina Sharpshooters and the Gallant 24th. In May, 1863, the 24th Regiment moved to Mississippi and assigned to General Gist's Brigade. It was engaged at Jackson, Mississippi and then joined the Army of Tennessee. On April 9, 1865 it was consolidated with the 16th Regiment Infantry to create the 16th/24th Consolidated Regiment Infantry. Surrendered on April 26, 1865 under the Army of Tennessee.[1][2]

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.

Information about the companies, their nicknames and counties of origin is taken from Seigler's[2] and Jones'[3] books.

Company A - (also known as the Marion Rifles) - many men from Charleston District (County) - Captain Christian B. Sigwald; Captain John H. Steinmeyer 
Company B - (also known as the Pee Dee Rifles) - many men from Marlboro District (County) and Marion District (County) - Captain J.Edwin Spears; Captain R. Johnson; Captain C.D. Easterling
Company C - (also known as Captian M.T> Appleby's Company) - many men from  Colleton District (County), (St. George and Dorchester areas) - Captain Morgan T. Appleby; Captain Wm. C. Griffith
Company D - (also known as the Evans Guard)  many men from Beaufort District (County) , (Whippy Swamp area now in Hampton County) - Captain William C. Gooding; Captain A.B. Addison; Captain Abram E. Bowers
Company E - (also know as the Colleton Guards or Captain Jone's Company. Later Captain Risher's Company) - many men from  Colleton District (County):  Captain Jesse S. Jones; Captain J.K. Risher
Company F- (also known as Captain D.F. Hill Company) - many men from Anderson District (County); a few from Abbleville District (County) 
Company G - (also known as Captain John H. Pearson's Company)  many men from Richland District (County)
Company H - (also known as Captain J.A. Thomas's Company)  many men from Chester District (County), Richburg area - Roster[4] (accessed 5 Apr 2011).
Company I - (also known as the Edgefield Light Infantry or Captain Andrew J. Hammond's Company) - many men from Edgefield District (County): Captain Lafayette B. Wever; Captain James A. Tillman
Company K - (also known as Captain Samuel.S. Tompkins's Company) - many men from Edgefield District (County), Hamburg area. 

Regiment organized in January 1862 by combining 16th Regiment South Carolina Militia, Colonel C.H. Stevens, and 1st Rifles, South Carolina Militia, Lieutenant Colonel Ellison Capers; initially composed of six companies. Following information from Jones' book:[3]

Charleston District (County); Captain C.B. Sigwald

Colleton District (County); Captain W.T. Appleby

Colleton District (County); Captain J.S. Jones

Beaufort District (County):  Captain W.J. Gooding

Marlboro District (County); Captain J.E. Spears

Anderson District (County); Captain D.F. Hill

Four additional companies added:

Richland District (County); Captain Hammond

Richland District (County); Captain Pearson

Chester District (County); Captain Thomas

Edgefield District (County); Captain Tompkins [5].

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,874 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources

  • Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of South Carolina. Microfilm publication M267. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Services, 1958. These records have been indexed and digitized and are available at 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).
  • A sketch of the war record of the Edisto Rifles, 1861-1865 : Company A, 1st Regiment, S. C. V. Infantry, Colonel Johnson Hagood, provisional Army of the Confederate states, 1861-1862; Company G, 25th Regiment, S. C. V. Infantry, Colonel Charles H. Simonton, Confederate states army, 1862-1865, by William V Izlar. Camden, South Carolina : J.J. Fox, 1990. FHL Collection, FHL book 975.7 M2iw, FHL fiche 6082623 (3 fiche). Includes lists of men in companies A & B in the 1st regiment; companies G & F in the 25th regiment; company D of the 20th regiment; and, company I of the 2nd regiment, artillery.
  • Hewett, Janet B., ed. Supplement to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot Pub. Co., c1994-2001. FHL book 973 M29u ser. 1 supp. pt. 2 v. 64 and 65. Lists officers, companies, some nicknames for the companies and dates involving the company and places where they were stationed. Locate this book at other libraries. Ten Companies (A-K) are listed and engagments listed for December 1861 to August 1864.
  • Jones, Eugene W.   Enlisted for the War : The Struggles of the Gallant 24th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Infantry, 1861-1865  (Hightstown, NJ : Longstreet House, 1997), 497 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2j. Book available at these libraries.
  • Seigler, Robert S. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, c2008. FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 4. This book has an overview about the creation of the military units for service during the Civil War. There are four volumes which are divided into areas of the State. There is information about the different military units including dates of organization and service, company officers, battle engagements, company names and places of origin, and a few pictures. This book is also available through other libraries.


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 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. 4, p 73-89. FHL book 975.7 M2sr v. 4. 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 *Eugene W. Jones, Jr. Enlisted for the War: The Struggles of the Gallant 24th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Infantry, 1861-1865 (Hightstown, New Jersey Longstreet House, c1997), 497 pages. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2j and Other Libraries.
  4. Confederate Regiments Raised in Chester County, SC 1861 - 1865 - Company H. Rootsweb Internet site. (accessed 30 Dec 2018)
  5. 24th South Carolina Volunteers, (accessed 13 Apr 2011).