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Marion County men are known to have served in the South Carolina 23rd Regiment Infantry - Companies "E" and "H".
Company "E" was known as "Finklea's Company", (Captain James C. Finklea). Company "H" was known as "Roberts Company", (Captain John Roberts); later as "Durham's Company" (Captain Solon A. Durham) and "Hamilton's Company" (Captain W. Warren Hamilton).
23rd Regiment Infantry
The 23rd Infantry Regiment (also called Hatch's Coast Rangers) was assembled at Charleston, South Carolina, in November, 1861. Most of the men were from Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, and Colleton counties; organized on November 11, 1861 and reorganized for the war on April 16, 1862.
After being stationed in South Carolina, the regiment moved to Virginia and during the war served in General Evans', Elliot's, and Wallace's Brigade. It participated in the conflicts at Second Bull Run (Second Manassas), South Mountain, and Sharpsburg, then was ordered to North Carolina and later to Mississippi. The unit skirmished at Jackson, was sent to Charleston, and in the spring of 1864 returned to Virginia. It continued the fight in the trenches of Petersburg and around Appomattox. During the Second Manassas operations, August 6-20, 1862, this regiment lost sixty-eight percent of the 225 engaged, and all its field officers were wounded. It reported 10 killed, 22 wounded, and 5 missing in the Maryland Campaign, totalled 297 men in October, 1863, and had 49 killed or wounded at the Petersburg mine explosion. The 23rd had many disabled at Sayler's Creek and surrendered 5 officers and 103 men. Its commanders were Colonels Henry L. Benbow and Lewis M. Hatch; Lieutenant Colonels Allen J. Green, John M. Kinloch, Edgar O. Murden, and John Roberts; and Majors Matthew V. Bancroft, Henry H. Lesesne, L.P. Miller, and John M. Whilden.
Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865.
Additional history courtesy of Chuck Turbeville: "The 23rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry was formed November 15, 1861, by the addition of three companies to Hatch's Battalion Coast Rangers, South Carolina Volunteers which consisted of seven companies. The regiment was then composed of four local defense companies which had been organized for the war and six volunteer companies organized for twelve months. It was re-organzied under the Conscript Act in May 1862. The company officers being elected May 9, 1862 and the regimental officers May 24, 1862."
Battles the SC 23rd fought were:
Malvern Hill (August 6, 1862)
Rappahannock Station (August 23, 1862)
2nd Bull Run (August 28-30, 1862)
South Mountain (September 14, 1862)
Antietam (September 17, 1862)
Jackson Siege (July 1863)
Charleston Harbor (August-September 1863)
Bermuda Hundred (May 17-June 16, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
The Crater (July 30, 1864)
Fort Stedman (March 25, 1865)
Five Forks (April 1, 1865)
Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865).
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