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South Carolina 6th Cavalry (Confederate)

19 Jan 1863

05 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Wilderness at Spotslyvania County, Virginia; Orange County, Virginia.

The Battle of Wilderness
The Battle of Wilderness

The first battle between Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee erupted late in the morning of May 5, 1864, as Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's Union V Corps attacked Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike southwest of the old Chancellorsville battlefield. Although Federal infantry managed to break through at several points, the Confederate line held. Fighting shifted to the south as Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill's Third Corps engaged Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's II Corps and ele… Read More

08 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House at Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House and preventing Robert E. Lee's army from retreating further. Lee's Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. Fighting began on May 8th, when the Union Fifth Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and the Sixth Corps under Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick engaged Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Anderson's First Corps at Laurel Hi… Read More

23 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of North Anna at Caroline County, Virginia; Hanover County, Virginia.

The Battle of North Anna
The Battle of North Anna

Following the stalemate at Spotsylvania Court House, Grant was determined to continue his offensive against Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. After a failed attempt to bait Lee out of his earthworks, he found the Confederates entrenched on the south side of the North Anna River, where Lee's "inverted V" defenses forced Grant to divide his army into three parts in order to attack. On May 23rd, one of Maj. Gen. A.P. Hill’s divisions assaulted the isolated Fifth Corps on the Union right which had crossed the r… Read More

31 May 1864

Participated in the Battle of Cold Harbor at Hanover Co; near Mechanicsville, VA.

The Battle of Cold Harbor
The Battle of Cold Harbor

After two days of inconclusive fighting along Totopotomoy Creek northeast of Richmond, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee turned their sights on the crossroads of Cold Harbor. Roads emanating through this critical junction led to Richmond as well as supply and reinforcement sources for the Union army. On May 31, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s cavalry captured Cold Harbor. The next day, Sheridan held the crossroads against a Confederate attack. With reinforcements from both armies arriving… Read More

11 Jun 1864

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Hugh K. Aiken, and Major Thomas B. Ferguson.

11 Jun 1864

Assigned to the Regiment led by Colonel Hugh K. Aiken.

11 Jun 1864

Participated in the Battle of Trevilian Station at Louisa County, Virginia.

The Battle of Trevilian Station
The Battle of Trevilian Station

In June of 1864, hoping to draw attention away from Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s movement south, destroy supply lines, and join up with Brig. Gen. David Hunter in Charlottesville, Union cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan embarked on a cavalry raid. Near Trevilian Station, Virginia, he clashed with Confederate cavalry under Maj. Gens. Wade Hampton and Fitzhugh Lee. On June 11th, while Hampton’s men struggled against Union forces on one road, Lee’s men advancing on a parallel road fell back, allow… Read More

01 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Vaughan Road at Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

The Battle of Vaughan Road
The Battle of Vaughan Road

The battle of Vaughan Road was fought in October 1st, 1864 at Dinwiddle County, Virginia. It was part of the Siege of Petersburg campaign. The battle resulted in a Union victory with the Union army maintaining control over the road. Read More

07 Oct 1864

Assigned to the Brigade led by Colonel H.K. Aiken.

Colonel H.K. Aiken

07 Oct 1864

Assigned to the Division led by Major General Matthew C. Butler.

Major General Matthew C. Butler

07 Oct 1864

Participated in the Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads at Henrico County, Virginia.

19 Mar 1865

Assigned to the Division led by Brigadier General Evander M. Law, and Major General M. C. Butler.

Brigadier General Evander M. Law

Major General M. C. Butler

19 Mar 1865

Assigned to the Division led by Major General M. C. Butler.

Major General M. C. Butler

19 Mar 1865

Participated in the Battle of Bentonville at Bentonville, NC.

The Battle of Bentonville
The Battle of Bentonville

After his march to the sea, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman headed north in early 1865 to unite with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s army in Virginia. Only Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston’s army stood between Sherman and Grant. After briefly blocking Sherman’s advance at Averasboro, North Carolina on March 16, Johnston struck Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum's wing of Sherman’s army near Bentonville on March 19. The Confederates ran into stiff resistance, as Slocum established a defensive position. Johnston's assaults con… Read More

26 Apr 1865

South Carolina 6th Cavalry mustered out.