The Senior Reserve Battalions served as a source of replacements thru most of their existence. Constantly boys turning 18 were detached and reassigned to "regular" CSA units. Unit cohesion was difficult to maintain with the needs of the State so great. In addition, battalions were split up with comapnies being sent to perform a task, then comapnies broken down into squads of 10 to 20 troops, acting pretty much indepentant of each other. After the Batlle of Bentonsville of March 19 thru 21, South Carolina CSA units were a mere shadow of their former greatness. On 9 April 1965, the final reorganization was done. The Senior Reserve Battalions were merged with old line South Carolina CSA. 3rd Heavy Artillery Regiment (known as The Enlisted men and fighting as infantry in 1865) and units of Kershaw's Brigade, including 2nd (Palmetto) Regiment, 3rd Regiment, 3rd (Lauren's or James') Battalion, 7th Regiment, 8th Regiment, 15th Regiment, and 20th Regiment. These new units are identified as Consolidated or Reorganized and were named the 2nd Regiment, 3rd Regiment, and 7th Regiment. Effectively, Kershaw's Brigade was not much more than a full regiment.
|Unit Name||Commander||O&M - 23 March||O&M - 9 April|
|Kershaw's Brigade||Brigader General John D. Kennedy||0||8|
|2nd SCVI||Colonel William Wallace||184||506|
|3rd SCVI||Colonel Eli Thomas Stackhouse||191||428|
|7th SCVI||Colonel John B. Davis||222||444|
Concolidation Units, bearing the CSA Unit Identification:
2nd SCVI, 20th SCVI & Units of Blanchard's Reserves
3rd SCVI, 3rd SCVIBn & Units of Blanchard's Reserves
7th SCVI, 15th SCVI & Units of Blanchard's Reserves
When General Joseph E. Johnston, commaner of the Army of Tennessee, confirmed Lee's surrender on 13 April 1865, he released the South Carolina Reserves from further service. The effect of this, I believe, was to insure that complete muster rolls would not survive.
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