Sumter District Confederate Soldiers
Hampton Legion
(Mounted) Infantry
Company G
The Claremont Rifles
 Sumter District

Roster provided

Lee Sturkey


    The Claremont Rifles were a pre-war Militia Company and served  near Charleston as one of the units with the 2nd South Carolina Militia Regiment in the events which led up to the fall of Fort Sumter.  After that time they came home and  in the month of  July they were recruited as a company for active service, with the first enlistments coming at Old Edge Hill Academy at Stateburg. 

    The company went into camp at Lightwood Knot Spring, on the Columbia and Charlotte Railroad near present day Blythewood, and on August 19, 1861, were mustered into Confederate service for a term of one year.  The company was sent to Virginia and assigned as the seventh infantry company of the Hampton Legion, arriving at Bacon Race Church near Manassas on August 26, 1861.

     The entire Legion was reorganized in April 1862, and the men of the company reenlisted for the war.  The company sustained heavy losses from both disease and casualties in battle, and was not able to recruit sufficient numbers from its original enlistment area of western Sumter District, part of Kershaw District, and eastern Darlington District, and after 1861 had a significant number of men added under the Conscript Act from various parts of the State. 

The Claremont Rifles, Company G of the Hampton Legion Infantry was converted to Mounted Infantry in April 1864In April 1864, when the company was mounted, a number of men form Captain Elias Venning's independent cavalry company were assigned to the Company.  The remnant of the Company surrendered at Appomattox where the Legion was one of the units in Martin Gary's cavalry brigade.  

    As asterisk indicates that the man was an original member of the company when it was mustered in for Confederate service on August 19, 1861. The rank given is the highest rank achieved, normally the final rank held.  The district is that in which the man lived at the time of enlistment, if known.

  • Bracey, Thomas William* 1 LT  Kershaw
  •  Carson, Elisha Scott, Jr. * CAPT Sumter
  • Councill, William Bowers CAPT (Transferred to 6 N.C. Cavalry Apr 1864) Sumter (moved N.C.postwar)
  • Exum, James J *   1 LT; KIA Sharpsburg 17 Sep 62; Sumter
  • McEachern, James A * 2 LT; Darlington
  •  Moore, Ishah * CAPT; Sumter
  •  Murray, John * 3 LT; Sumter
  • Spann, James G.* CAPT; Sumter and Lowndes County,  Ala; later Aide de Camp to MGEN Richard H. Anderson then CAPT, AAG; killed Weldon Railroad 21 Aug 64
  • Spann, Ransom David * 1 LT; Sumter and Lowndes County, Ala; Aide de Camp to MGEN Richard H. Anderson, then CAPT AAG
  • Zimmerman, Daniel; 3 LT; Orangeburg; previously in A/1 S.C. (Hagood's), then 3 LT Capt Venning's Cavalry Co,  N/20 S.C.

  • Allen, Ezra Ellerby* CPL Sumter died at home 24 Oct 64 of wounds received Gaines Mill
  • Allison, Rufus M.; 4 CPL; York; previously in A/12 S.C.
  • Atkinson, William M. * 2 SGT; KIA Riddle's Shop 13 Jun 64; either Sumter or Darlington
  • Bailey, Joseph W.; 5 SGT; previously in A/13 S.C.; Laurens
  • Ballard, John Richardson * 1 SGT; Sumter
  • Brown, John F* 3 SGT; Sumter
  • Dunn, James H *   3 CPL; previously in CAPT Venning's Cavalry Co, O/20 S.C.
  • Eveleigh, William Richardson *   3 CPL; KIA Riddle's Shop 13 Jun 64; Darlington
  • Exum, Joseph W., Jr. * 4 CPL Sumter died of dysentery at home 8 Sep 62
  • Golding, John F; 3 CPL; previously in B/1 S.C. (McCreary's) Newberry
  • Langston, Robert W. * 1 CPL; Darlington
  • Morse, West W.; 1 CPL * transferred to I/1 S.C. (McCreary)
  • Owens, John Joseph * ; 5 CPL; Kershaw
  • Roberts, John DeBennai * 1 CPL; Sumter; later 1 LT Confederate Marine Corps; father Episcopal Priest at Church of Holy Cross 
  • Russ, W. H. * 2 CPL; KIA Knoxville 1 Dec 63; Darlington
  • Sanders, Marion C. * 1 SGT; Sumter
  • Simmons, G. H.; 2 CPL; York
    Spann, Henry Mabry
    * 2 CPL; Sumter
  • Spann, Thomas D. * 3 SGT; Sumter
  • Stephens; 3 CPL * Darlington; later joined CS Navy

  • Allen, James J. L * .; Sumter
  • Anderson, James E.; Laurens; previously in I/1 S.C. (Gregg's)
  • Anderson, J. G.; Sumter or Darlington
  • Anderson, Joseph Henry; Sumter
  • Anderson, J. J.
  • Anderson, William Harrison; Sumter (St. Charles)
  • Atkinson, Anthony * ; died Charlottesville Va of typhoid 7 Dec 61
  • Atkinson, John S * .; died 9 Apr 65 Farmville, Va of wounds     received at Farmville 7 Apr
  • Atkinson, Samuel * ; died Richmond of disease 25 Jun 62
  • Axon, James Madison; previously in CAPT Venning's Cav Co, ), O/20 S.C.; probably Orangeburg
  • Barker, Moses M.; previously in M/10 S.C.; transferred to B/1 S.C. (McCreary's); probably Horry
  • Bartlett, Richard S * .; Sumter
  • Baughman, Harmon Henry; previously in H/20 S.C.; then in Capt. Peterkin's Independent Cav Co, N/20 S.C.; Lexington
  • Baughman, Reuben G; same as H. H. Baughman
  • Belk, Henry A.; later in I/4 S.C. Reserves and 2 S.C. Militia; Lancaster
    * Sumter; later in K/3 S.C. (Palmetto) Artillery BN; then in B/15 S.C. (Lucas') Heavy Art. BN; Sumter; son of Henry A. Belk
  • Bishop, Isaac C.; Spartanburg; previously in CAPT Venning Cav Co, (O/20 S.C.)
  • Blackwell, Michael J; Clarendon; previously in C/Hampton Legion Infantry; then in K/1 S.C. (Hagood's)
  • Bossard, John Joseph * ; later in I/4 S.C. Reserves; then B/ 5 S.C. Senior Reserve BN; then 20 S.C. Militia; Sumter
  • Bostick, Levi T.* Darlington; died of wounds received at  Seven Pines at Richmond 6 Jul 62 
  • Bowen, William Benton * died Bacon Race Church, Prince William County, Va of typhoid fever 16 Nov 61; Lexington
  • Bracey, James Harrison; Kershaw; previously in E/7 S.C. BN
  • Bracey, Joseph M.; Kershaw
  • Brown, George Washington; Sumter
  • Brown, Hugh Manley * died Chimborazo Hosp of pneumonia 24 Apr 62; Darlington
  • Brown, Richard Sebastian * Sumter; later in K/7 S.C. CAV
  • Buckhalter, J. W.; probably Barnwell
  • Bunch, Joseph Victor; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind.Cav Co, O/20 S.C.; Colleton Dist (now Dorchester)
  • Calder, Peter; Marion; previously in 2 S.C. Reserves;  transferred to H/23 S.C.
  • Cannady, Solomon R.; previously in G/5 S.C. CAV
  • Cape, William David; Beaufort Dist (Hampton County area)
  • Carson, J. J.
  • Cauthen, Philip Thorn; Lancaster; later in 5 S.C. Reserves
  • Clark, W. R.; previously in 23 S.C.; then CAPT Sparks' Cav     Co (L/20 S.C.); then in CAPT Peterkin's Cav Co (N/20         S.C.); Marlboro
  • Coats, Samuel C. * Kershaw; died 23 Sep 62 of wounds received at Sharpsburg; Kershaw 
  • Davidson, Noah; previously in A/20 S.C; Greenville ?
  • Davis, Elias L.; died of unspecified cases at Griffin, Ga.15 Oct 63; Sumter
  • Davis, Joel ("Joe"); d. Charlottesville, Va of typhoid fever 5 Jan 62; Sumter or Darlington
  • Dease, J. L.; died at home of disease 1 Sep 62; Sumter or Darlington
  • Dennis, James Hawkins; Newberry; previously in F/20 S.C.
    Dennis, John S.
    * Darlington
  • Denson, Thomas Jefferson; Laurens
  • Dorrity, J. W.* Darlington
  • Dutton, Benjamin Z.; previously in A/15 S.C. (Lucas') Heavy Artillery BN; later in E/2 S.C.; Kershaw
  • Easley, Ansley; Kershaw
  • Elliott, Thomas; Charleston
  • Ellis, Evander Paschal; Marion; previously in H/23 S.C.
  • Evans, James Hamilton; Marion
  • Eveleigh, Henry * died Chimborazo Hospital of pneumonia 8 May 62; Darlington
  • Eveleigh, James Elias d. at home after June 1863, of wounds received at 2 Manassas 30 Aug 62; Darlington
  • Finklea, Sam R.; Marion; previously H/23 S.C
  •  Fitzgerald, David * Lexington; father of Robert Fitzgerald
  • Fitzgerald, Robert * trans to H/23 S.C.; then to I/1 S.C. (Hagood's); Lexington
  • Galloway, John W. * died Richmond of typhoid fever 22 Apr 62; Darlington
  • Gary, James A. died as POW at Newport News, Va. 28 May 65; probably Newberry
  • Gerald, William H.; previously B/10 S.C.; transferred back to B/10 S.C.; died 1864; Horry
  • Gowdy, Benjamin Lawrence * later in E/3 S.C. (Palmetto) Artillery BN; Darlington
  • Graham, P. J.; Williamsburg
  • Graham, S. F.; Horry
  • Graham, Thomas; Horry
  • Grant, James B.; Chester
  • Green, Robert Russell * Darlington
  • Grimsley, James R.; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind. Cav Co, O/20 S.C.; Marion Dist (Florence Section)
  • Hardy, J. B.; died Richmond of chronic diarrhea 3 Dec 64; Sumter
  • Hodge, Thomas J.; previously in D/4 S.C. CAV, then CAPT     Venning's Ind. Cav Co (O/20 S.C); Darlington
  • Holmes, A.
  • Howell, W. L.; resident North Carolina
  • Hucks, Jeremiah; previously A/10 S.C.; then E/26 S.C.;  Horry
  • Jones, Edgar S * later in G/4 S.C. State Troops; Sumter
  • Jones, George * died Charlottesville Va of pneumonia, complication of typhoid fever 8 Jan 62; Sumter
  • Jones, James A.; Marion
  • Jones, William Y.; Laurens
  • Kelley, Henry; previously in D/2 S.C.; drowned in North Anna River, Va. while "bathing" 12 Aug 62 on 10 days after joining the company; probably Darlington
  • Kitchens, Charles E.; Chester
  • Knight, Samuel; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind. Cav Co (O/20 S.C.)
  • Lambert, John C; Marion
  • Lawhon, Joseph W. * died Bacon Race Church, Prince William County, Va. 29 Nov 61; Darlington
  • Lawhon, Thomas L. died of disease (probably tubercu losis) at home Oct 62; Darlington
  • Lee, Joseph S.; Marion (Dillon Section)
  • Lenoir, Richard M. * Sumter
  • Leopold, John J.; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind. Cav Co (O/20 S.C.); Christ Church Parish, Charleston Dist
  • Long, George W. H.; previously in D/1 S.C. Rifles; Anderson
  • McDaniel, M.
  • McDonald, Daniel A.; Darlington (near Bethune)
  • McElwee, John Newman; previously in A/12 S.C.; York
  • McGee, Jacob E.* d. Charlottesville, Va of pneumonia 3 Jun 62
  • McGee, J. B. * later in E/3 S.C. (Palmetto) Light ART BN; then in B/18 S.C. Heavy ART BN (Manigault's S. C. Siege Train)
    McGee, Pleasant A. W.
    * later in C/3 S.C. (Palmetto) Light Art BN; then in Culpepper's Battery; Darlington
  • Mackey, Littleton Perry; Lancaster
  • Marshall, Elijah * Sumter (near Ashland)
  • Martin, Christian Bookter
  • Maull, Charles Mason; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind. Cav. Co (O/20 S.C.); Charleston
  • Metts, George; Newberry
  • Mintz, Charles H.; previously in B/5 S.C.; York
  • Mitchum, James P.; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind Cav Co, O/20 S.C.; living near St. Stephen at enlistment
  • Mitchum, Samuel; see James P. Mitchum
  • Mitchum, Thomas B.; see James P. Mitchum
  • Moody, Edward Rutledge* died Ashland, Va of fever 17 Apr 62; Sumter
  • Moody, Ezra Allen * died Richmond of diarrhea 15 Dec 62; Sumter (brother of Ed. R. Moody
    Moody, Miles Eugene
    * died at home of disease 24 Jan 63; Sumter; (brother of Ed. R. Moody)
  • Nettles, C. B.* Sumter or Darlington
  • Nipper, A.
  • Nipper, D. W.; previously in B/4 S.C. CAV; Chester ?
    Norris, Alexander, Jr.
    * died Richmond of typhoid fever 1 May 62; Sumter
  • Norton, Ezekiel * died during war no date; Sumter
  • Nunnery, Ralph McFadden; Sumter; previously in A/17 S.C.; moved Chester postwar
  • Page, Daniel; previously H/23 S.C.; Marion
  • Patrick, Durett E.; Orangeburg (Branchville)
  • Patterson, D. R.* Darlington
  • Pitts, Joseph; previously in B/3 S.C.; Newberry
  • Pool, Felix * trans to A/20 S.C.; Lexington
  • Porter, Daniel Allen; previously in D/20 S.C.; Orangeburg
  • Porter, Joseph A.; previously in D/20 S.C.; Orangeburg
  • Porter, William J. L.; previously in A/20 S.C.; Orangeburg  (Daniel, Joseph, and William were brothers)
  • Reynolds, Elijah W.; Darlington
  • Reynolds, T.
  • Rhoad, James Daniel; Orangeburg (Branchville)
  • Rivers, R. S.; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind. Cav Co, /20     S.C.
  • Rose, William P.; previously in E/5 S.C. CAV; later in E/27 S.C.; Christ Church Parish, Charleston District
  • Sanders, Thomas Polk ("Tom Polk") * reenlisted in E/  Holcombe Legion Cavalry BN, which became H/7 S.C. CAV; Sumter
  • Sandifer, A. J.; Barnwell (Bamberg Section)
  • Sansbury, J. William * ; later in E/3 S.C. (Palmetto) ART  BN; Williamsburg District
  • Sellers, Leven J.; Horry; volunteered in 1863, age 58
  • Sellers, Thomas B; Horry; son of Leven J. Sellers; trans  to E/26 S.C.
  • Shaylor, James D. * Kershaw; KIA Sharpsburg 17 Sep  62; brother of John Oliver Shaylor
  • Shaylor, John Oliver; previously in E/9 S.C.; Kershaw
  • Shealy, George Washington; trans to K/1 S.C. (Hagood's) Lexington
  • Simmons, A. E. H.; Barnwell (Bamberg Section)
  • Sistrunk, Newton E. W.; previously in D/20 S.C.; Orangeburg  
  • Smith, J. J.* died at home 12 Feb 63 (Probably of chronic diarrhea); Kershaw
  • Smith, Joseph F.; previously in F/23 S.C.; Marion
  • Snelling, William H.; Barnwell
  • Spann, William A.* later in D/2 S.C.; trans to A/Holcombe Legion Cav BN; which became I/7 S.C CAV; Sumter
  • Sparrow, Alonzo * ; Darlington
  • Spires, Michael A.; previously in H/20 S.C.; Lexington
  • Spires, William Andrew; previously in H/20 S.C.; Lexington; borther of Michael A. Spires
  • Streeter, E. F.
  • Sullivan, William J.* later in B/27 S.C.; died at Elmira as POW 4 Mar 65; Darlington
  • Taylor, Elias; Chesterfield
  • Thompson, William H.* KIA Seven Pines 31 May 62
  • Ussery; John C.; died of acute diarrhea at Howard's Grove Hospital, Richmond 28 Sep 63
  •  Wallace, Henry B * later in G/6 S.C. Reserves; York
  • Walter, Alfred Bethea; previously CAPT, F/51 N.C.; then Private L/8 S.C.; trans to company 1864; living Robeson County, N.C. at time of enlistment; later lived Mullins
  • Welch, David D.died Camp Wigfall, near Dumfries, Va. of pneumonia 22 Jan 62
  • Whitfield, G. V.; died in camp at Morristown, Tenn. Jan- Feb 1864, of wounds received at undetermined location; resident Pickens
  • Williams, Thomas J.
  • Williamson, Daniel R.; previously in D/20 S.C.; Lexington
  • Wilson, Herod * died of effects of wounds received at Sharpsburg in camp at Morristown, Tenn. Jan-Mar 1864
  • Windham, John H.; Sumter (Lynchburg)
  • Wright, Thomas * June; KIA Seven Pines 31 May 62;  Sumter
Pool, J.  

The following men of Company G--Claremont Rifles
were present at the surrender at Appomatox:


McEacherno, J. H. 2nd Lieut.
Zimmerman, D. Jr. Lieut.
Bailey, J. W. Sergt.
Owens, J. J.
Langston, R. W. Corpl.
Golding, J. F.
Simmons, G. H.


Axon, M.
Anderson, J. J.
Anderson, J. G.
Ballard, J. R.
Dorothy, J. W.
Denins, J. H.
Cope, W. D.
Easely, A.
Fripper, D. W.
Grimsley, J. A.
Hodge, T. J.
Mitchum. J.
McDonald, D.
McKay, L. P.
Nipper, A.
Pitts, C.
Shayler, J. D.
Simmons, A. E. H.
Spires, G.
Lee, J. S.
Reynolds, T.

Source: The Appomattox Roster. R. A. Brock. The Southern Historical Society. 1887 - List provided by Cindy Parker

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