Sumter District Confederate Soldiers
The Claremont Rifles
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
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.
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
- Councill, William Bowers * CAPT (Transferred to 6
N.C. Cavalry Apr 1864) Sumter (moved
- Exum, James J * 1 LT; KIA Sharpsburg 17 Sep 62; Sumter
- McEachern, James A * 2 LT;
- 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
- Spann, Ransom David * 1 LT; Sumter and Lowndes County, Ala; Aide de Camp to MGEN Richard
H. Anderson, then CAPT
- 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
- 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.;
- Ballard, John Richardson * 1 SGT;
- 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.
- Langston, Robert W. * 1 CPL;
- Morse, West W.; 1 CPL * transferred to I/1 S.C.
- 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;
- 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
- Allen, James J. L * .; Sumter
- Anderson, James E.; Laurens; previously in I/1 S.C.
- Anderson, J. G.; Sumter or Darlington
- Anderson, Joseph Henry; Sumter
- Anderson, J. J.
- Anderson, William Harrison; Sumter (St.
- 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
- Axon, James Madison; previously in CAPT Venning's
Cav Co, ), O/20 S.C.; probably
- Barker, Moses M.; previously in M/10 S.C.;
transferred to B/1 S.C. (McCreary's); probably
- 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.
- Belk, Henry A.; later in I/4 S.C. Reserves and 2
S.C. Militia; Lancaster
Belk;* 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.
- Bossard, John Joseph * ; later in I/4 S.C. Reserves;
then B/ 5 S.C. Senior Reserve BN; then 20 S.C. Militia;
- 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;
- Bracey, James Harrison; Kershaw; previously in E/7
- 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
- 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.
- Cape, William David; Beaufort Dist (Hampton County
- Carson, J. J.
- Cauthen, Philip Thorn; Lancaster; later in 5 S.C.
- 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
- 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
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.;
- Easley, Ansley; Kershaw
- Elliott, Thomas; Charleston
- Ellis, Evander Paschal; Marion; previously in H/23
- 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;
- Finklea, Sam R.; Marion; previously H/23
- Fitzgerald, David * Lexington; father of Robert
- 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
- 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
- Jones, Edgar S * later in G/4 S.C. State
- Jones, George * died
Charlottesville Va of pneumonia, complication of typhoid
fever 8 Jan 62; Sumter
- Jones, James A.;
- Jones, William Y.;
- 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;
- Kitchens, Charles E.;
- 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;
- Lawhon, Thomas L. * died of disease (probably
tubercu losis) at home Oct 62; Darlington
- Lee, Joseph S.; Marion (Dillon
- 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
- McElwee, John Newman; previously in A/12 S.C.;
- 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;
- Mackey, Littleton Perry; Lancaster
- Marshall, Elijah * Sumter (near
- 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.;
- Mitchum, James P.; previously in CAPT Venning's Ind
Cav Co, O/20 S.C.; living near St. Stephen at
- Mitchum, Samuel; see James P. Mitchum
- Mitchum, Thomas B.; see James P.
- 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, 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;
- Nunnery, Ralph McFadden; Sumter; previously in
A/17 S.C.; moved Chester postwar
- Page, Daniel; previously H/23 S.C.;
- Patrick, Durett E.; Orangeburg
- Patterson, D. R.* Darlington
- Pitts, Joseph; previously in B/3 S.C.;
- Pool, Felix * trans to A/20 S.C.;
- Porter, Daniel Allen; previously in D/20 S.C.;
- Porter, Joseph A.; previously in D/20 S.C.;
- Porter, William J. L.; previously in A/20 S.C.;
Orangeburg (Daniel, Joseph, and William were
- Reynolds, Elijah W.; Darlington
- Reynolds, T.
- Rhoad, James Daniel; Orangeburg
- 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
- 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
- Sansbury, J. William * ; later in E/3 S.C.
(Palmetto) ART BN; Williamsburg District
- Sellers, Leven J.; Horry; volunteered in 1863, age
- 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.;
- Shealy, George Washington; trans to K/1 S.C.
- Simmons, A. E. H.; Barnwell (Bamberg
- 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.;
- 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.;
- 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
- 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;
- 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
- 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.;
- 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;
ON MUSTER IN ROLL, BUT NOTATION on ROLL
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.
Source: The Appomattox Roster. R. A. Brock.
The Southern Historical Society. 1887 - List provided by Cindy Parker
Anderson, J. J.
Anderson, J. G.
Ballard, J. R.
Dorothy, J. W.
Denins, J. H.
Cope, W. D.
Fripper, D. W.
Grimsley, J. A.
Hodge, T. J.
McKay, L. P.
Shayler, J. D.
Simmons, A. E. H.
Lee, J. S.
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