South Carolina


Dum sprio spero
On December 20, 1860, when it became clear that Abraham Lincoln would become the next president, South Carolina became the first state to declare it’s succession from the union. South Caroline suffered 18,666 military deaths during the Civil War, which was nearly one-third of the white male populations of fighting age.

Pvt. Alexander Thomas

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.

Private Andrew Worley

By Kent Worley

Private Andrew Worley enlisted in the 2nd Heavy Artillery Regiment which was organized at Charleston, South Carolina during the spring of 1862, using the 2nd South Carolina Artillery Battalion as its nucleus. Many of the men were recruited in the counties of Sumter, Darlington, and Charleston.

Attached to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, the unit served at the forts and batteries around Charleston.

In 1865, it was converted to infantry and, assigned to General Elliot’s Brigade, took part in the North Carolina Campaign. During the operations on Morris Island, July 10 to September 6, 1863, the regiment lost 2 killed, 15 wounded and 1 missing. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee.