Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment
South Carolina Volunteers, April 1862 to April 1865

History of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment

April to December 1862
January to December 1863
January to December 1864
January to May 1865

    The above is an outline history of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, from the beginnings of the regiments existence as individual companies of the South Carolina Militia, its service as companies of the 4th, 6th, and 9th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiments from 1861 to 1862, and its organization and existence as the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, S.C. Volunteers, from April of 1862 to May of 1865. Anyone wishing to submit additional information (photos, documents, artifacts, etc..) regarding the regiment please contact the Webmaster.


Regimental Roster

    The following are the regimental rosters of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment from April of 1862 to April of 1865. The rosters are sorted by company’s with each page containing not only the roster of the company but its history from its organization to its time joining the regiment, and its history following the war in some cases. There is also a listing for the “Regimental Index” which contains a complete roster of the regiment sorted by name.

Field & Staff
Company A, Union District, "Johnson Rifles"
Company G, York District, "Jasper Light Infantry"
Company B, Anderson District, "Calhoun Mountaineers"
Company H, Spartanburg District, "Cowpens Guards"
Company C, Anderson District, "Palmetto Riflemen"
Company I, Anderson District, "Pickens Guards"
Company D, Spartanburg District, "Morgan Light Infantry"
Company K, Spartanburg District, "Spartan Rifles"
Company E, Sumter District, "Darlington Sentinels"
Company L, Anderson District, "Confederate Guards"
Company F, Lexington District, "Pickens Sentinels"
Company M, Spartanburg District, "Pacolet Guards"
Regimental Index


Flags of the Palmetto Sharpshooters

1st Issue Silk Battle Flag

    The 1st Issue Silk Flag of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment was presented to the regiment by the ladies of Richmond, Virginia, while they were passing through that place in June of 1862, just prior to the Battle of Seven Pines. In the Battle of Seven Pines the Color Guard of the regiment was decimated and of the twelve men only one (William Poe) was not mortally wounded. The flag was retired at some point during the regiment’s service and was taken back to Pendleton, South Carolina, between 1863 and 1864. The flag is currently in the collection of the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.
Army of Northern Virginia issue Battle Flag

    This Richmond Depot Issue flag was issued to the Palmetto Sharpshooters sometime between 1863 and 1864, and was carried by the regiment until April 10th, 1865, when the regiment stacked arms and surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, to the men of the 16th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, whose flag the regiment had captured in June of 1862 at the Battle of Gaines Mill. The flag measure 48” x 48” and has several bullet holes; the flag is currently in a private collection.

Regimental Resources & Bibliography

  • Published Materials
    • - "Camp Life of a Confederate Boy of Brattons Bridge, Longstreet's Corps, C.S.A." Richard Lewis.

      - Pages 110 and 111, "Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina." Stewart Sifakis, New York, 1995.

      - Volume 6, "Confederate Military History." Ellison Capers, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1987.

      - "Gen. Micah Jenkins and the Palmetto Sharpshooters." John P. Thomas.

      - “History of Spartanburg County.” J.B.O. Landrum, The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company, Atlanta, Georgia, 1900. [Rosters of Companies D, H, K & M]

      - "Letters of William and James McFall of the South Carolina Palmetto Sharpshooters." F. Lawrence McFall, Danville, Virginia, 2000.

      - "The Palmetto Riflemen, Company B, Fourth Regiment, C.S. Volunteers; Company C, Palmetto Sharpshooters." James A. Hoyt; Greenville, South Carolina, 1886.

      - Pages 123 & 128, Volume VX, Southern Historical Society Papers, “Paroles of the Army of Northern Virginia.” Southern Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, 1887.

      - Pages 253 to 264, Volume III (The Upstate), “South Carolina’s Military Organizations During the War Between the States.” Robert S. Seigler, The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 2008.

      - Volumes II (4th SC) & III (5th SC), “South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service.” A.S. Salley Jr., The State Company, Columbia, South Carolina, 1914.

      - "The Struck Eagle: A Biography of Micah Jenkins and a History of the Fifth South Carolina Volunteers and the Palmetto Sharpshooters." James J. Baldwin III; Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, 1996.

      - "Units of the Confederate States Army." Joseph H. Crute Jr., Midlothian, Virginia, 1987.

  • Papers
    • - "South from Appomattox: The Diary of Abner R. Cox." Royce G. Shingleton; South Carolina Historical Magazine, October 1974.

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