13th South Carolina Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park


The 13th South Carolina Infantry Regiment was organized at Lightwoodknot Springs, near Columbia, South Carolina in July of 1861.

Company A was organized in Laurens County and Companies B, C, E, F, and I were organized in Spartanburg County. Companies D and G were organized in Newberry County and Companies H and K were organized in Lexington County. After three months of instruction at Lightwoodknot Springs the regiment moved to the coast of South Carolina near Pocotaligo.

In April of 1862, the regiment was ordered to Virginia and assigned in succession to Gregg's and McGowan's Brigades. The 13th South Carolina was prominent in the major campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 to 1865. The regiment marched 413 effectives to Gaines' Mill and 342 to Frayser's Farm, lost 26 killed and 118 wounded at Second Manassas, had 5 killed and 24 wounded at Ox Hill, and lost 3 killed and 52 wounded at Fredericksburg. They sustained 91 casualties at Chancellorsville, 130 of 390 at Gettysburg, 63 at The Wilderness, 86 at Spotsylvania, 49 from May 12 to July 1, 1864, 42 at Deep Bottom, 32 at Fussell’s Mill, and 34 at Poplar Springs Church. At Appomattox 13 officers and 183 men of the 13th South Carolina surrendered and were paroled.

The field officers were Colonels Benjamin T. Brockman, Oliver E. Edwards, and Isaac F. Hunt; Lieutenant Colonels P. Ludlow Calhoun, T. Stabo Farrow, and William Lester; and Majors David R. Duncan and Joseph L. Wofford.


13th South Carolina Infantry Regiment

Soldier's Notes


13th South Carolina Infantry Regiment

Descendants Roll Call

If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the 13th South Carolina Infantry who served honorably at any time during the war and would like to be listed on the Descendants Roll Call, please send an e-mail by clicking the mail icon below. Type "13th SC" in the subject line and provide other details, if possible, in the message. Please find your ancestor or family member in the National Park Service Database (link shown below) and include such details as "company" and "rank out" in your message. This will greatly speed-up the posting of those soldiers who you wish to honor. Thank you.



Not For Fame Or Reward
Not For Place Or For Rank
Not Lured By Ambition
Or Goaded By Necessity
But In Simple
Obedience To Duty
As They Understood It
These Men Suffered All - Sacrificed All
Dared all - And Died

Inscription written by Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim and carved

on the north side of the Confederate Memorial (sculpted by Moses Ezekiel)

at Arlington National Cemetery



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