South Carolina Units in the Revolutionary War

When the Revolutionary War took place, residents of South Carolina were split. There are many records still available that relate to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina, even though some records no longer exist.

The National Archives has several publications relating to Continental Line Patriots. They can be found at the FHL and at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. There is a widely-published index of original pension records and the records themselves are available through the National Archives. However, none of those service records include militia members.

The Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution contains a lot of information on South Carolina residents at the time of the Revolutionary War. That publication can be found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The Combined Alphabetical Index also contains an index of that information.

For genealogical research purposes, stub indents are also important. They were created whenever claims for damages, services, or goods relating to the Revolutionary War were made. Each of those claims were paid using what were known as indents, which were specific types of certificates. Each certificate had two parts. One part was given to the claimant and the other part was kept. The kept part had the claimant's name, the claim's nature, the amount paid, and other information recorded on it. Indent stubs were kept by the state and are now contained in Office of the Commissioners of the Treasury, Stub Indents and Indexes, 1779-1791. That is a 22-volume collection, which is housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

South Carolina Units in the Revolutionary War

Rosters of Units in the Revolutionary War

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Revolutionary War Books

  • Bobby Gilmer Moss, comp., Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution (1983; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994).
  • Alexander S. Salley, Jr., comp., South Carolina Provincial Troops in Papers of the First Council of Safety, 1775 (1900–02; reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999).
  • South Carolina Royalist Troops, Muster Rolls, 1777–1783, on two microfilm reels at the South Caroliniana Library in Columbia (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies).
  • Alexander S. Salley Jr., ed., Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution, 12 vols. (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1910–27).
  • Charles H. Lesser, Sources for the American Revolution at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2000).
  • South Carolina Revolutionary War Books (amazon.com)
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