Seed Corn Units
Under a call or order of the Governor of this State, the remaining units of the
militia were mustered at Hamburg, SC, July 1864, and there organized into
The officers of the 8 Battalions and most of the Company officers were men of
mature years or had been retired from the regular Confederate Army for various
After the muster at Hamburg, SC, units of 17 year old troops were formed into
8 battalions (often referred to as Senior Reserves).
They were formed into a brigade and placed under the commande of
Brigadier General James Chesnut
, a political officer with no command experience. Those under that age were
allowed to return to their respective homes.
By order of the said Governor, the youngest troops were again assembled at
Hamburg, SC, November 26th, 1864, and were duly armed and equipped, and formed
into 4 regiments (often referred to as Junior Reserves and also State
Militia) and ordered into active service. From Hamburg, S. C., they were ordered
to Honey Hill, SC, arriving at that place just after the battle of that name.
The units served until the end of the war, most ending up in Spartanburg, SC,
where they were disbanded in April 1865.
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Thu., 8 Dec 1864:
The Charleston Daily Courier
We must repeat--and repeat--and continue to repeat--as long as evidences of the
fact appear--our deliberate and well settled conviction in reference to the
various proposals put forth for "grinding our seed corn," and sacrificing our
yearlings, that the great evil and defect has not been want of men so much as
the want of discipline and order and vigor in putting and keeping in active
service the men nominally liable.
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