On February 1, 1776, the Second Provincial
Congress met for the second time. With increased pressure from
the Continental Congress, it resolved to create two new regiments
of "riflemen" - a new concept that was deemed successful
in other colonies. Originally called the SC 1st Regiment of Riflemen
and the SC 2nd Regiment of Riflemen, these designators did not
even make it out of the Congress due to confusion with the existing
1st and 2nd regiments. So, they were designated as the SC 5th
Regiment and the SC 6th Regiment - of Provincial Troops to be
paid out of the colony's coffers. By the end of February of 1776,
these new regiments were quickly formed after their officers
were appointed by the Council of Safety.
The independent companies led by Capt.
Benjamin Tutt and Capt. John Bowie joined the SC 5th Regiment
during February. Two new independent companies were formed by
Capt.-Lt. John Withers and Capt. John Allston - both taking orders
directly from the Council of Safety, along with the existing
independent company led by Capt. Samuel Boykin.
All of the previous Militia regiments
remained essentially unchanged since November of 1775.
As of this point in time, most of the
key Loyalists have been captured and temporarily subdued. However,
the British fleet continues to harrass local shipping and continues
to steal livestock and other goods from those living along the
coast. To date, there have been no battles - only small skirmishes
- within the colony, thanks to the Congress's posturing and providing
a good show of military recruitment/staffing.