3rd South Carolina Battalion Infantry

   

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Muster In: Organized with four companies in November 1861, 1861.  Three more companies (E,F,G) were assigned in December 1861.1
Muster Out: Consolidated with the 3rd SC, the 8th SC, and parts of the 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 7th South Carolina Battalions Reserves as the 3rd SC Consolidated at Smithfield, NC on April 9, 1865.  Surrendered at Durham Station, NC at on April 26, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel William G. Rice
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Captain Phineas F. Spofford (of the 8th SC)
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Commander 3
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Kershaw’s Brigade | Kershaw’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army3

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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Kershaw’s Brigade | Kershaw’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army4

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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Kershaw’s Brigade | Kershaw’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William G. Rice6
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Kershaw’s Brigade | Kershaw’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel William G. Rice8
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Away from the Siege of Petersburg in the Shenandoah Valley.

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Away from the Siege of Petersburg in the Shenandoah Valley.

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Conner’s Brigade | Kershaw’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army9,10

  • Commander: Captain Phineas F. Spofford (of the 8th SC) (November & December 1864)11,12
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  • Note: Kershaw’s Division had returned to Petersburg from the Shenandoah Valley by at least November 21, 1864.13

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Conner’s Brigade | Field’s Division | First Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army14,15

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel William G. Rice (resigned January 12)(January 1-12, 1865)16
    • ? (after Rice resigned)(January 1865)16
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  • Note: On January 3, 1865 Conner’s Brigade was ordered to South Carolina.  It left the next morning and never returned to the Siege of Petersburg.18,19

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Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Petersburg Campaign Battles:20

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)

Bibliography:

Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

Sources:

  1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 62-64
  2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 62-64
  3. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
  4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 110
  5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
  6. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 119
  7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 129
  9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
  10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 163
  11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
  12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 163
  13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 369
  14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
  15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1171: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General R. E. Lee, January 31, 1865”; This list contains many commanders who were not there.  They were the “official” commanders but may have been gone on leave.  I have used none of the leaders from this list as a result.
  16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
  17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 172
  18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), pages 10081009
  19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 1179: “Organization of the Army of Northern Virginia, General R. E. Lee, C. S. Army, commanding, January 31, 1865”; This order of battle was based off of inspection reports from January 26-31, 1865, and the leaders should be accurate for this time frame.
  20. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: South Carolina and Georgia by Stewart Sifakis, pages 62-64

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