By SCV Camp 1708, Scottsdale AZ
Pvt. Alexander Thomas mustered into the 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment that was organized during the fall of 1861 using the 1st South Carolina Artillery Battalion as its nucleus. Most of the officers and men were from the Charleston area. It was assigned to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, fought at Secessionville, then served in the forts and batteries around Charleston.
In February, 1865, the unit was converted to infantry and, assigned to Colonel A. Rhett’s Brigade, became part of the forces involved in North Carolina Campaign. It had 55 men disabled at Secessionville, and during the operations on Morris Island, July 10 to September 6, 1863, there were 18 killed, 50 wounded, and 52 missing. Only a remnant surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.
The field officers were Colonels William R. Calhoun and Alfred Rhett, Lieutenant Colonels Thomas M. Wagner and Joseph A. Yates, and Major Ormsby Blanding.