Charleston County, South Carolina Military Records

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General[edit | edit source]

  • "Artillery companies moved to Charleston Harbor forts, Nov. 1832," Times, Spring 2006, Volume 21, Issue 2. Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society : Sanford, North Carolina.
  • "Castle Pinckney description, 1833," Times Spring 2006, Volume 21, Issue 2. Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society : Sanford, NC.
  • "Charleston's connection to Looe Key in Fl., name from HMS Loo, 1743," Carologue, Winter 2004, Volume 20, Issue 4. South Carolina Historical Society : Charleston, SC.
  • "Ja. Oglethorpe to Navy Commander, 1742," Georgia Historical Society Collections, 1873, Volume 3. Georgia Historical Society : Savannah, Georgia.

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • Andreano, Ralph Louis and Herbert D. Werner, "Charleston Loyalists: A Statistical Note," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Jul., 1959), pp. 164-168. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Barnwell, Joseph W. "The Evacuation of Charleston by the British in 1782," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Jan., 1910), pp. 1-26. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Hough, F.B. The Siege of Charleston: By the British Fleet and Army Under the Command of Admiral Arbuthnot and Sir Henry Clinton, which Terminated with the Surrender of that Place on the 12th of May, 1780. Albany: J. Munsell, 1867. Digital versions at Ancestry ($)Internet Archive; World Vital Records ($); another World Vital Records ($) version.
  • Kennett, Lee. "Charleston in 1778: A French Intelligence Report," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Apr., 1965), pp. 109-111. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Oration, Delivered Before the '76 Association, and Society of the Cincinnati, at Hibernian Hall, Charleston, S.C. on the 5th of July, 1858 by Charles E.B. Flagg, of the Cincinnati. Charleston, S.C.: A.J. Burke, 1858. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Stoesen, Alexander R. "The British Occupation of Charleston, 1780-1782," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Apr., 1962), pp. 71-82. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • "Pee Dee supplies for the siege of Charleston, 1780," Darlington Flag, Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Hartsville, SC.
  • "Colonel John Laurens, unsung hero of the American Revolution, 1755 - 1782," Laurens County Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter, August 2006, Issue 3. Laurens County Historical Society : Dublin, Georgia.
  • "Sectionalism, slavery and the threat of war in Josiah Quincy, Jr.'s Southern Journal, 1773," New England Quarterly, June 2006, Volume 79, Issue 2. New England Quarterly, Inc.:Boston, MA.
  • "Battle flags captured by Colonel Banastre Tarleton, 1779-1780," St. Lucie River Whig, Spring 2006, Volume 14, Issue 2. St. Lucie River Chapter : Lucie, FL.
  • "Battles for Charleston," SAR Magazine, Winter 2005, Volume 99, Issue 3. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution : Louisville, Kentucky. FHL Collection Book 973 B2sa.
  • "Brief account of Marion's Brigade, 1780," Three Rivers Chronicle, Winter 2005, Volume 26, Issue 4. Three Rivers Historical Society : Hemingway, SC.
  • "Forces gather at Charleston Harbor, 1779 - 1780," Tennessee Rifleman, Winter 2005, Volume 46, Issue 1. Tennessee Society of the Sons of the American Revolution : Knoxville, TN.
  • "Battle of the Great Cane Brake on the Reedy River, 1775," Greenville County Historical Society Proceedings and Papers, 2005, Volume 12. Greenville County Historical Society : Greenville, SC
  • "John Macklin, Mary Port, and tragic consequences for remaining loyalists, 1770's," Escribano (El), 2004, Volume 41. St. Augustine Historical Society : St. Augustine, FL.
  • "Elizabeth Jackson, Waxham women aid Revolutionary soldiers, Charleston, 1781," Chester District Genealogical Society Bulletin, March 2003, Volume 27, Issue 1. Chester County Genealogical Society : Richburg, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.74 D25b
  • "Soldiers from 96 dist., Stono Ferry ba.," Quill, November 2002, Volume 18, Issue 6. Old Edgefield District Archives Chapter : Edgefield, SC.
  • "Battle of Sullivan Island, 1770," Lawrence County Heritage, Spring 200, Volume 5, Issue 3. Lawrence County Genealogical Society:Lawrenceburg, TN.
  • "Rebel prisoners from Charleston, 1780," Ancient City Genealogist, February 2002, Volume 13, Issue 1. St. Augustine Genealogical Society : St. Augustine, FL.
  • "Prisoners on prison ships, 1780," Marion County Genealogical Society Quarterly, September 1997, Volume 11, Issue 3. Marion County Genealogical Society:Jefferson, TX.
  • "Captain William Gaston's company," Broad River Notebook, December 1996, Volume 5, Issue 4. Broad River Basin Historical Society : Sharon, SC.
  • "Bratton's list of Tories, 1783," York County Genealogical and Historical Society Quarterly, September 1996, Volume 8, Issue 2. York County Genealogical and Historical Society:Rock Hill, SC.
  • "Charleston proposed surrender, 1779," South Carolina Historical Magazine, January 1995, Volume 96, Issue 1. South Carolina Historical Society : Charleston, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.7 B2s
  • "North Carolina militiamen paroled Charleston, SC 1780," North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, August 1987, Volume 13, Issue 3. North Carolina Genealogical Society : Raleigh, NC. FHL Collection Book 975.6 B2s.
  • "Siege of Charleston as experienced by Hessian officer, 1780," South Carolina Historical Magazine, April 1987, Volume 88, Issue 2. South Carolina Historical Society : Charleston, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.7 B2s Film 1697883
  • "Siege of Charleston-experienced by Hessian officer," South Carolina Historical Magazine, January 1987, Volume 88, Issue 1. South Carolina Historical Society:Charleston, SC. South Carolina Historical Society : Charleston, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.7 B2s Film 1697883
  • "Prisoners on parole, 1780, Charleston," Genealogical Reference Builders Newsletter, November 1974, Volume 8, Issue 4. Elaine Walker:Post Falls, Idaho. FHL Collection Book 973 B2grb.
  • "Revolutionary army prisoners, 1781," Genealogist's Post, March 1971, Volume 8, Issue 1. Richard T. Williams : Danboro, PA. FHL 20726}item Book 973 B2gp.
  • "Revolutionary records," Carolina Genealogist, Summer 1970, Issue 4. Heritage Papers : Danielsville, GA. FHL Collection Book 975 B2cg.
  • "Charles Drayton (Capt.), Volume Co., 1775," Military Collector and Historian, Summer 1965, Volume 17, Issue 2.  Company of Military Historians : Westbrook, CT.
  • "Council of Safety," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, April 1964, Volume 98, Issue 4. Daughters of the American Revolution:Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar
  • "Waxhaws," Historical Magazine, June 1860, Volume 4, Issue 6. Henry B. Dawson:Morrisania, NY.
  • "Battle of Fort Moultrie," Historical Magazine, August 1859, Volume 3, Issue 8. Henry B. Dawson:Morrisania, NY 10456.
  • "Battle of Fort Moultrie, 1776," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, June 1963, Volume 97, Issues 6-7. Daughters of the American Revolution : Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar
  • "General Green's general orders, June 1783," Georgia Historical Society Collections, 1957, Volume 12. Georgia Historical Society : Savannah, GA
  • "John Dart to John Pierce ltr., 1783," Georgia Historical Society Collections, 1957, Volume 12 Georgia Historical Society:Savannah, GA.
  • "Battle of Charleston," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, December 1952, Volume 86, Issue 12.Daughters of the American Revolution : Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar.
  • "Dorchester its mystery fort," Americana April 1933, Volume 27, Issue 2. American Historical Society : Somerville, New Jersey. FHL Collection Book 973 B2a.
  • "Battle of Ft. Sullivan," Americana, August 1914, Volume 9, Issue 8.American Historical Society : Somerville, New Jersey. FHL Collection Book 973 B2a.
  • "First invasion of Charleston," Huguenot Society of South Carolina Transactions, 1907, Volume 2, Issue 14. Huguenot Society of North Carolina : Charleston, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.7 C4h.
  • "Battle at Fort Moultrie," American Monthly Magazine, December 1904, Volume 25, Issue 6. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine : Washington, D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar.
  • Clinton, Henry and William T. Bulger. "Sir Henry Clinton's 'Journal of the Siege of Charleston, 1780,'" The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul. 1965):147-174. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Haw, James. "A Broken Compact: Insecurity, Union, and the Proposed Surrender of Charleston, 1779," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 96, No. 1 (Jan. 1995):30-53. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Jones, George Fenwick. "The 1780 Siege of Charleston as Experienced by a Hessian Officer," 2 parts, The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 88, No. 1 (Jan. 1987):23-33; Vol. 88, No. 2 (Apr. 1987):63-75. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Kepner, Frances Reece. "A British View of the Siege of Charleston, 1776," The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb. 1945):93-103. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Kyte, George W. "General Greene's Plans for the Capture of Charleston, 1781-1782," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):96-106. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Murdoch, Richard K. "A French Account of the Siege of Charleston, 1780," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 67, No. 3 (Jul. 1966):138-154. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Murdoch, Richard K. "A Note on 'A French Account of the Siege of Charleston, 1780,'" The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 69, No. 1 (Jan. 1968):57-58. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Rogers, George C. "Aedanus Burke, Nathanael Greene, Anthony Wayne, and the British Merchants of Charleston," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Apr. 1966):75-83. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • "Southern Loyalists emigration," Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, 1886, Volume 3, Issue 2. Massachusetts Historical Society:Boston, Massachusetts.
  • "Samuel Baldwin, NJ; Charleston, SC, 1780," New Jersey Historical Society Proceedings, 1847, Volume 2, Issue 2. New Jersey Historical Society : Newark, NJ.
  • Taliaferro, Benjamin and Lee A. Wallace. The Orderly Book of Captain Benjamin Taliaferro: 2d Virginia Detachment, Charleston, South Carolina, 1780. Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library, 1980. FHL Collection 975.5 M2o
  • Wilson, John and Joseph Ioor Waring. "Lieutenant John Wilson's 'Journal of the Siege of Charleston,'" The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul. 1965):175-182. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Charleston County, pp. 182-183. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Charleston County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies and regiments that were specifically formed of men from Charleston County.

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Charleston) (Gaillard's)
- Company A (also known as the Charleston Riflemen)
- Company B (also known as the Palmetto Guard or the Charleston Light Infantry)
- Company C (also known as the Irish Volunteers)
- Company D (also known as Sumter Guards)
- Company E (also known as the Calhoun Guards)
- Company F (also known as the German Fusiliers and Union Light Infantry Volunteers)
- 1st Regiment, Charleston Guard, South Carolina
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery (Militia) - Company A, B and C
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Rifles (Militia) (Branch's), Charleston Zouave Cadets
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Militia (Charleston Reserves)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Mounted Militia
- Christopher's Company (also known as Parish Mounted Rangers)
- G. C. Heyward's Company (also known as Charleston Mounted Guard)
- Jefford's Company (also known as South Carolina Rangers)
- Simon's Company (also known as Etiwan Rangers)
- 2nd Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry Reserves
- Ashley Dragoons or Ashley Rangers (also known as Captain Colcock's Company, South Carolina Cavalry)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company D (also known as McKewn's Cavalry, Wassamassaw Cavalry)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company G (also known as the German Hussars)
- Company H (also known as the Ashley Dragoons or Rangers)
- Company I (also known as the Rebel Troops) 
- 16th Regiment, South Carolina Militia
- Charleston Arsenal Battalion, South Carolina Local Defense Troops
- Charbonnier's Company, South Carolina Militia (Pickens Rifles)
- Dotterer's Company South Carolina Ordinance Guards
- Estill's Company, South Carolina Infantry Local Defense (Arsenal )
  • Harris, W.A. The Record of Fort Sumter, from Its Occupation by Major Anderson, To Its Reduction by South Carolina Troops During the Administration of Governor Pickens. Columbia, S.C.: South Carolinian Steam Job Printing Office, 1862. Digital version at Google Books.
  • "Our Women in the War," The Lives They Lived; the Deaths They Died, from The Weekly News and Courier, Charleston, S.C. Charleston, S.C.: The News and Courier Book Presses, 1885. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Manigault, Edward. Siege Train : The Journal of a Confederate Artilleryman in the Defense of Charleston  (Columbia, S.C. : Published for the Charleston Library Society by the University of South Carolina Press, ©1986), 364 pages. Book at WorldCat.
  • Wilcox, Arthur M and Warren Ripley.The Civil War at Charleston  (Charleston, S.C. : News and Courier : Evening Post, [1980] ©1966), 84 pages. Originally published between 1960 and 1965 in the News and courier and Evening post. "A Post-Courier booklet."  Book at WorldCat.
  • Porter, Anthony Toomer.   Led On! : step by step : scenes from clerical, military, educational, and plantation life in the South, 1828-1898 : an autobiography ( Charleston, S.C. : Home House Press, ©2010), 462 pages. Autobiography of Anthony Toomer Porter... He was an Episcopal minister in Charleston, South Carolina before, during and after the Civil War...he collected funds and opened a school for colored children, which became the Porter Academy. He also influenced the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina to allow the admission of colored parishes. Digital copies at FHL 1033568 and Google Books. Book found at other libraries.
  • South Carolina. Confederate Pension Board. Confederate Veterans and Widows Applications For Pensions, 1916-1959. ( Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1959). Microfilm copy at FHL 201831

Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

At least 9 battles were fought in Charleston County, especially in Charleston Harbor. For more information, see Battles in South Carolina.