Second (2nd) Battalion

South Carolina State Troops

Senior Reserves

Barnette, Daniel J., Major, b. ca. 1815, Spartanburg Dist. SC; 1857 lived in Williamston; 1860 census listed as school teacher.

Telford, George Brown, Battalion Ordnance Sergeant. was born 12 Jan 1815 in Anderson Co., SC.. He previosly served in 1st SC State Troops, Company C, raised in Anderson District from August 1863 to February 1864 He died 30 May 1887 in Banks Co., GA. He married (1) Martha Wilson, daughter of James Wilson and Mary Thomas. Martha was born 11 May 1826 in SC. She died 15 Aug 1866 and was buried in Belton Cemetery, Anderson Co., SC. He also married (2) Cynthia Isabella Wilson, daughter of James Wilson and Mary Thomas, on 23 Nov 1843. Cynthia was born 4 May 1824 in SC. She died 15 Dec 1857 in Belton, SC and was buried in Belton Cemetery, Anderson Co., SC.

Battle Assignments:
  Carolinas Campaign (Feb thru April, 1865)
  Bentonville, N.C. (March 19 thru 21, 1865)

Organization, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

Organized with 7 companies in mid-1864. Part of consolidation at Smithfield, 9 April 1865

Field Assignments
  Charleston Stockade
  Columbia Military Prison
  Taliaferro's Brigade (Dec)
  Chestnut's Brigade (Dec thru Jan)
  Mercer's Brigade (Jan thru Feb)
  Hardee's Corps, Blanchard's Brigade  McLaw's Division  (Feb thru Apr)

Company A - Captain John Samuel McWhorter ( McWhorten ) - Pickens District

Company B - Captain - District

Company C - Captain William Terrell Wilkins - Greenville and Spartanburg District

Company D - Captain Robert Moore Willis - Barnwell District

Company E - Captain Benjamin Franklin Dickson - Anderson District

Company F - Captain James Doran Kay - Pickens (Oconee) District

Company G - Captain John C. Martin - Abbeville District

Company H - Captain - Anderson District

Company not determined - Captain - District

Some of the Compiled Service Records of this unit call it a Cavalry Unit and also Mounted Infantry, which was General Chesnut's original plan. It is called "2nd South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, a unit which never existed. There is no indication that they were ever mounted by the State. They were however highly "independent" and are often hoted only as indiviual companies, especially Company F. listed in most sources only as Captain Kay's Cavalary Company. This battalion also violated General Chestnut's "orders" many members are from Greenville and Spartanburg counties. The Spartan Rangers' members are listed in both 1st and 2nd Battalion.

Senior Reserves

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Bil Brasington