Battle Unit Details


6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers)

6th Cavalry Regiment [also called Dixie Rangers] was organized in January, 1863, using the 16th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. Some of the men were from Columbia and The Citadel Academy. It saw action at Willstown and Pon Pon River in South Carolina, then moved to Virginia with about 1,000 men. Assigned to General Butler's Brigade, the unit participated in The Wilderness and Cold Harbor operations and in various conflicts south of the James River. Later it was engaged in the campaign of the Carolinas assigned to Logan's Brigade. The regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Its commanders were Colonel Hugh K. Aiken, Lieutenant Colonel Lovick P. Miller, and Major T.B. Ferguson.

Predecessor unit:
16th Cavalry Battalion was assembled during the summer of 1862. The unit was assigned to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and served on the coast. In January, 1863, it merged into the 6th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel Hugh K. Aiken was in command.
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