Sketch of Company F 3rd Regiment State Troops Junior Reserves
CALLED SIXTEEN YEAR OLD BOYS.Under a call or order of the Governor of this State, the boys of sixteen (16) years of age in the Counties of Barnwell, Coleton [sic], Edgefield, Orangeburg and Richland mustered at Hamburg, S. C., July 1864, and there organized into Companies, and then into a Battalion.
The officers of the Battalion and most of the Company officers were men of mature years, and had been retired for various disabilities from the regular Confederate Army.
The Battalion officers were: A. D. Goodwyn, Col. Comd’g; W. H. Duncan, Lt. Col.; _____ Muller, Major; S. W. Trotti, Adj. Dr. E. W. Dowling, Surgeon.
After the muster at Hamburg, S. C., these troops returned to their respective homes.
By order of the said Governor, they again assembled at Hamburg, S. C., November 26th, 1864, and were duly armed and equipped, and ordered into active service.
From Hamburg, S. C., they were ordered to Honey Hill, S. C., arriving at that place just after the battle of that name.
After doing picket and guard duty at various points along the Charleston and Savannah Rail-road, to wit: Honey Hill, Grahamville, Adams Run, Coosawhatchie, Willtown Bluff, Little Britton, Tulifinny, Toogoodoo, Boiling Battery and Blue House or Whitehall Station, they were ordered to retreat, and in the face of the Federal Army under General Sherman, the retreat was continued via Charleston, S. C., and Cheraw, S. C., to the border of the State, where a consultation of the officers was had as to the advisability of disbanding or taking these troops out of the State. The latter course was adopted and the retreat continued into North Carolina as far as Raleigh via Fayetteville. From the former point these troops returned to Chester, S. C., and finally to Spartanburg, S. C., where they were disbanded in April, 1865.
While this battalion was never engaged in battle, they suffered great hardships, the very cold weather, long marches, want of clothing, shoes and food caused much sickness, and the hospitals were continually recruited from their ranks.
Had circumstances warranted it, and orders given for these boys to engage in battle, (which at various times were given and a battle imminent), I have no doubt but that the sixteen year old (children) boys of South Carolina of 1864-1865, would have shown themselves worthy of, and not disgraced their fathers and brothers of the regular Confederate States Army.
This brief and imperfect sketch of Co. F from Orangeburg County is respectfully submitted by.
W. GREER ALBERGOTTI EX-SERGT. Co. "F", 2 nd Bat. State Troops C. S. A.
NOTE: While he calls this unit a Battalion, it was 3rd Regiment of SC State Troops. South Carolina had a raised 3rd Battalion of State Troops in July 1864 amd was still in the field. Bil Brasington 31 March 2000
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