CONFEDERATE SOUTH CAROLINA TROOPS
2nd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment)
2nd Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Palmetto Regiment] completed its organization
near Richmond, Virginia, in May, 1861. The men were from Columbia, Camden, and Charleston,
and the counties of Sumter, Richland, Greenville, Kershaw, and Lancaster. After fighting in
Bonham's Brigade at First
Manassas, the unit served under Generals Toombs, Kershaw, Kennedy, and Conner. It
participated in many conflicts of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor except when it was detached
with Longstreet at Chickamauga
and Knoxville. The 2nd was active in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and ended the war in
North Carolina. It reported 5 killed and 43 wounded at First Manassas, and lost eighteen percent of
the 338 at Savage's Station,
twenty percent of the 203 at Malvern
Hill, thirty-seven percent of the 253 at Sharpsburg, and forty-one percent of the
412 at Gettysburg. The regiment
sustained 10 casualties at Bentonville and totalled 184 men on March
23, 1865. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. The field officers were Colonels Ervine P.
Jones, John D. Kennedy, and Joseph B. Kershaw; Lieutenant Colonels Franklin Gaillard, A.D.
Goodwyn, and William Wallace; and Major Benjamin R. Clyburn.
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