The American Revolution in South Carolina

SC Third Regiment (Rangers)

Date Established:

Commander: 

Original Officers: 

June 6, 1775

Lt. Col./Col. William Thomson

Maj. James Mayson

Known Lt. Colonels:

Known Majors:

William Cattell

William Henderson

James Mayson

-

William Cattell

Lewis Golsan, Jr.

Hugh Middleton

Thomas Pearman

John Purvis

? Speers

Samuel Wise

-

Known Regimental Adjutants:

John Eason

John Knapp

Merry McGuire 

-

John Purvis

-

Known Quarter Masters:

Peter Avent

Alexander Coventry

Moses Deistoe

David Hamilton

Robert Johnson

John Knapp 

Robert Owens

-

Joseph Yancey 

Miscellaneous Players:

John Chesnut - Paymaster

Joseph Clay - Deputy Paymaster

John James Haig - Paymaster

Oliver Hart - Surgeon's Mate

James Martin - Doctor

Alexander Rodgers - Surgeon

Known Captains:

Nathaniel Abney

John Allen

Robert Anderson 

Robert C. Baillie

Jefferson Baker 

Jesse Baker 

Francis Boykin

Richard Brown

John Caldwell 

William Caldwell

Samuel Carr

James Coachman

Harman Davis

John Donaldson

John Earle

Robert Ellison

Henry Ervin 

Thomas Farrow

William Fitzpatrick

Gabriel A. Fridign

Uriah Goodwin

John Goodwyn

Robert Goodwyn

William Goodwyn

Field Harris

John Harrison

Derrill Hart

Charles Heatley

William Heatley, Jr.

John Hennington

John Herrington

David Hopkins

John Lewis Peyer Imhoff

Eli Kershaw

Moses Kirkland

George Liddell

George Logan

Robert Lyle

Thomas Marshall

? Maskall

James McCall

? McClintick

Daniel McDuff

Hugh Middleton

Andrew Miller

Ezekiel Polk 

John Purvis

Edward Richardson

James Robeson

Arthur Simkins

Francis Sinquefield

John Carraway Smith

? Speed

Francis Taylor

Thomas Taylor

Oliver Towles

Felix Warley

James Warley

Joseph Warley

William Wilson

Richard Winn

Samuel Wise

Thomas Woodward

Known Lieutenants - Captain Unknown:

William Abney

Robert Carnibi Baillie

? Beames

Patrick Cain

Allen Cameron

James Cantey

James Coachman

Edward Connor

Isaac Cowther

Issac Crouther

John Davis

? Deal

Henry W. DeSaussure

Daniel Duff

David Edmanson

William Edmonds

David Edmunds

John Ellison

Abraham Felder

DeSaussure Fitzpatrick

William Fitzpatrick

John Garlie

Thomas Glass

Uriah Goodwin

John Goodwyn

William Goodwyn

Alexander Harrington

? Hart

Charles Heatley

William Heatley

Benjamin Hodge

John Lewis Peyer Imhoff

Richard Jones

Robert Lang

George Liddell

John Lisle, Sr.

Thomas Marshall

? Maskall

Charles McGinny

Merry McGuire

John Meloy

Hugh Middleton

Henry Mouzon

Benjamin Newsom

James Roberson

James Robeson

James Sanders

James Sharp

Aaron Smith

William Taggard

Samuel Taylor

Frederick Von Platter

Felix Warley

Joseph Warley

Henry Wimpey

-

Richard Winn

Known Cornets - Captain Unknown:

-

Edward Connor

-

Known Sergeants - Captain Unknown:

Edward Andrews

Peter Avent

James Bell

William Bland

William Brown

James Caldwell

Benjamin Clark

James Colwell

Thomas Creighton

John Davis

Elias Dean

Robert Droughan

Charles Faulkner

William Flinn

John Goodwyn

Ezekiel Hail

Hartwell Huskey

Robert Johnson

Drury Johnston

Levi Johnston

Robert Johnston

John Knapp

Robert Lang

Richard Lewis

John Libley

William Libley

George Liddell

Adam Martin

George McAdam

James McDaniel

Charles McGinnis

Alexander McKenzie

Absalom Mitchell

John Moore

Elisha Nein

Benjamin Newsom

John Norris

William Paul

John Pitts

John Prest

William Pulliam

Samuel Ratliffe

Known Corporals - Captain Unknown:

William Beals

Thomas Bowers

Bazell Brown

William Brown

Robert Chapman

? Clemons

James Condon

Samuel Craft

James Dillard

Anthony Duffield

Robert Edwards

Henry Foster

Isaac Geozart

John Gill, Jr.

Thomas Gill

Isaac Gossett

Jesse Growter

Edward Lane

Adam Martin

Edward McCoy

Arthur McGraw

John Morrow

William Paul

Willis Perkins

William Pulliam

John Shannon

-

Known Privates / Fifers / Drummers / Etc. - Captain Unknown:

 James Scott Abrahams

Negro Adam

Carrol Adams

James Adams

 Richard Adams

John Adkerson

Elijah Adkinson

John Ahart

John Akins

 James Alexander

John Alexander

Robert Alexander

Samuel Alexander

Thomas Alexander

Joseph Allison

Moses Ambrose

Andrew Anderson

Bartley Anderson

Frederick Anderson

Philip Anderson

Shadrack Anderson

Edward Andrews

John Andrews

William Andrews

John Armstrong

John Ashberry

Samuel Ashbury

James Ashby

John Ashby

Bartholomew Atkins

Chandler Aubrey

George Aubrey

Charles Audey

George Auger

John Averitt

James Ayres

Edward Baker

Joseph Baker

Moses Baker

Christopher Baleman

John Bairsco

Samuel Barnett

Adam Barr

Samuel Barshear

Nicholas Bash

Christopher Bateman

George Batson

William Bayles

Aldridge Beal - Fifer

William Beal

Jess Beals

John Beals - Drummer

William Beals

John Bean

Isaac Beech

Benjamin Beesley

John Belesco

James Bell

Solomon Bell

William Bell

Charles Bellington

John Bennett

Robert Berry

Thomas Berry

Peter Besley

Conrad Bessinger

Wade Blair - Drummer

Bland Blakeley

Dionysius Blakeley

John Blakeley

William Bland

Isaac Boan

Richard Boatwright

Negro Bob - Drummer

James Bohannan - Drummer

James Bonds

Zebulon Bone

George Booth

James Booth

Thomas Bowers

James Bowland

William Bowlin

Robert Boyd

William Boyles

Peter Bradshaw

William Bradshaw

Edward Brady

Martin Brandaburgh

Samuel Brashier - Fifer

Jacob Braswell

Middleton Breashear

John Brenaugh

William Brewer

William Briant

Elias Bridgewater

Isaac Bridgewater

Jacob Brigman

Amos Britt

William Pool Broadaway

Bazell Brown

Stephen Brown

William Brown

John Brownin

Jacob Brunson

William Bryant

James Buckhannon

William Bulline

James Burgess

David Burks

John Burnham

Benjamin Busby

Mark Busby

Peter Bushley

John Butler

Jonathan Butler

Michael Cain

William Caldwell

Stephen Calvert

Daniel Camble

Benjamin Campbell

Drury Campbell

Ezekiel Campbell

Isham Campbell

John Campbell

James Carey

Daniel Cargill

John Carter

Samuel Carter

Isaac Casey

John Cauldwell

John Cayah

William Chapman

William Chapman

Thomas Charnock

Philip Charp

William Chaver

John Chavers

Lewis Clakeley

Benjamin Clark

Josiah Clarke

Mordecai Clarke

Jeremiah Cloud

Henry Coaker

Nathan Coaker

Samuel Cobb

James Coburn

Robert Cochran

Isaac Cockrill

George Cocks

Nathaniel Coffey

Thomas Collier

Robert Collins

Smith Collins

Joseph Colwell

Moses Commins - Fifer

Peter Commins - Drummer

William Comrod

James Condon

Peter Conner

James Conroy

Jenkins Conway

Adam Coon 

George Cooney

Cornelius Copeland

Stephen Copeland

William Courtney

Joel Coward

William Craddock

Samuel Craft

Thomas Craighill

John Craven

Richard Craven

James Crawford

William Crawford

Coaker Crawley

Benjamin Crowley

Isaac Crowther

Henry Crum

Benjamin Culpepper

Joseph Culpepper

Joseph Cunningham

Richard Daniel

Isham Dansby

Owen Darby

Thomas Davidson

Benjamin Davis

Chesley Davis

Hezekiah Davis

Michael Davis

William Davis

William Davis

Demillion Deal

Abner Dean

Elijah Dean

William Defnal

John Dennis

John Densimore

Philip Dersenburgh

Thomas Descein

Robert Dewley

Draper Dickerson

Andrew Dickie

John Dismuth

Moses Disto

Daniel Dixon

John Dixon

James Dogherty

Daniel Donaho

George Donald

Lewis Dortch

Thomas Douglas

Andrew Dowling

John Downer - Drummer

William Downer

George Draughan

Robert Draughan

Daniel Duff

William Duff

Anthony Duffield

Francis DuFour

Richard Duggan

Thomas Duke

George Dukes

Stephen Dumay

Philip Dunn

Somerset Dunnahoe

Daniel Dyson

Henry Earnest

John Edins

William Edmunds

Merriday Edwards

Obediah Edwards

Robert Edwards

James Eggerton

Edward Ellis

 Isham Ellis

Reuben Ellis

Joseph Ellison

William Ernsmay

Jacob Everhart

George Fagan

William Fail

Jesse Farrow

Benjamin Fatheree

Charles Faulkner

Edward Faulkner

Abraham Fields

Edward Filpot

Jonathan Findley

Jacob Fitzpatrick

William Flinn

Thomas Forest

Edmund Fornes

James Fountain

John Franklin

John Bark Franklin

Shadrack Fraser

Robert Fritts

Patrick Furbush

Joseph Gainey

Samuel Gallahan

Thomas Gallaway

Paul Garrison

Elisha Garrot

Ebenezer Gaston

James Gaylor

Thomas Geather

Jacob Geiger - Fifer

Isaac Geozart

John Gervais

Gideon Gibson

Thomas Gibson

John Gieken

Davis Gilbert

Henry Gilder

Thomas Gill

Joshua Gillam

Edward Gilman

John Gladden

William Gladden

John Godfrey

Robert Godfrey

Benjamin Goodwyn

John Goodwyn

Henry Gousemoulde

Isaac Gordon

Ely Gore

Michael Gore

Samuel Gore

Thomas Gore

Isaac Gossett

William Goyen

Isaac Gray

James Gray

Thomas Gready

Milden Green

Thomas Green

William Green

Joseph Greer

Henry Gregory

Francis Griffin

Lewis Griffin

Hugh Grift

Edward Grimes

John Grimes - Drum Major

George William Grisigraw

Gilbert Groomes - Drummer

David Growter

Thomas Guerin

Joseph Gurley

Alexander Guttrie

Frederick Hackett

Isaac Haddocks

John Haggins

Ezekiel Hail

Joseph Haines

John Hales

Benjamin Halsey

James Ham

 Thomas Hanbry

John Hanby

Mathias Hance

Joseph Hannah

William Hardage

 Thomas Harper

William Harper

Jacob Harrill

Paul Harrill

Benjamin Harris

James Bradley Harris

Jeremiah Harrold

Richard Harvey

John Harwell

Nathaniel Hatch

John Hay

James Hayes

Matthew Hayes

John Hays

Richard Hazard

Henry Hazle

Philip Hazle

Jesse Hearn

Jesse Hendley

Moses Hendricks

Jesse Henley

Joseph Hensley

Henry Herman

Frederick Herrin

Robert Hewey

Matthew Hewstace

William Hickey

John Hicks - Drummer

George Hightower

James Hill

Robert Hill

James Hilton

Daniel Hiltonbrand

William Hinson

William Hinson, Jr. - Fifer

Thomas Hobson

Isai Hodge

James Hodge

Philomel Hodge

William Hodge

Jacob Hodges

Joab Hodges

Joseph Hodges

Mark Hodges

John Holland

James Hollingsworth

Frederick Holly

William Holmes

John Hood

Richard Hopkins

Thomas Hopper

Thomas Horn

Isaac Howe

Malachi Howell

John Hudgins

John Hudgins

Robert Hudgins

Ambrose Huggins

Robert Huggins

James Hughes

Timothy Hughes

Robert Humphreys

Cornelius Huntsucker

Hartwell Huskey

George Hutton - Fifer

George Hutton

William Hyett

William Ibbott

Edward Ironmonger

Negro Isaac

Thomas Jackson, Sr.

Van Jackson

Joshua Jacobs

John Jarvis

Francis Jenkins

James Jenkins

Cornelius Jetter

Kellin Jetter

Britton Johnson

Clark Johnson

John Johnson

John Johnson

William Johnson

Charles Johnston

Levi Johnston

Robert Johnston

William Johnston

Benjamin Jones

John Jones

Isaac Jordan

William Jordan

William Joyner

William Keel

Edward Kelly

John Kennedy

William Kennedy

Arthur Kessee

Peter Kilgore

Francis Killingsworth

Andrew King

George King

Philip King

Francis Kirkland

James Kite

Joseph Kitsinger

Isaac Knave

Matthew Knave

Edmund Knoles

Benjamin Knotts

Nathaniel Knotts

James Knowlin

Arthur Kuffe

Edward Lane

John Lane

Reuben Lane

James Lang

Titus Lang

William Lang

John Larmon

Robert Lassiter

William Lassiter

Nicholas Latner

Anthony Lauson

Anthony Lawson

Joseph Lee

Stephen Lee

William Lee, Sr.

Joseph Leolar

Abel Lewis

Benjamin Lewis

John Lewis

Richard Lewis

William Libley

John Linn

Charles Lizenby

Daniel Lizenby

John Lockhart

James Locks

Durret Long

Edward Long

William Long

Thomas Lott

William Love

James Lucas

William Mackey

William Manning

Josiah Maples

John Marr

Hugh Marshall

John Martfield

Daniel Martin

Norman Martin

Samuel Martin

Zachariah Martin

John Martin Mates

James Matthews

William Matthews

John Maurice

James May

John Mayson

William Mayson

George McAdam

Daniel McAvey

Peter McCain

John McCambridge

Thomas McCarley

Alexander McCartney

Alexander McCarty

Dennis McCarty, Sr.

James McCarty

Jeremiah McCarty

James McKay - Drummer & Drum Major

James McClain

John McClaine

Charles McClary

William McClure

James McCollom

Edward McCoy

Malachi McCoy

David McCulloch

John McCullock

Henry McDaniel

George McDonald

Hugh McDonald

Randolph McDonald

Alexander McDougal

Thomas McDowell

Daniel McElduff

Hugh McFaggen

John McGee

Arthur McGraw

Ephraim McGraw

Peter McGregor

Michael McGuire

John McIntire

Moses McKerby

Samuel McKinney

John McLaghen

Daniel McLane

John McLemar - Drummer

John McMahan, Jr.

John McMahan, Sr.

Donald McPherson

John McPherson

Thomas McWhorter

John Melvin

James Merick

David Merkly

William Merrick

William Miles

Henry Miller

John Miller

Philip Miller

Joseph Mills

James Mitchell

James Moates

Thomas Molton

William Monson

Asa Moore

Gabriel Moore

James Moore

John Moore

John Moore

Samuel Moore

William Moore

John Morgan

Thomas Morgan

John Morris

John Morrow

Matthew Morrow

Robert Morrow

Jonathan Motas

Thomas Moulton

Austin Moultrie

Joseph Moultrie

Christopher Mulcaster

John Mulcaster - Fifer & Drummer

Charles Mulherin

Edward Mulloy

William Mulloy

Harris Murphy

John Murphy

Michael Murphy

William Murphy

Francis Murrell

William Myrack

Benjamin Neal

Matthew Nelson

Thomas Nelson

William Nelson

James Newlin

Benjamin Newsom

Joshua Niblet

John Nicholson

Hardy Nippar

William Nipper

Edmund Nobles

John Nobles

Edmund Noles

Richard Norrell

John Norris

William O'Briant

William O'Bryan

Lewis Odam

Daniel O'Donnelly

James Ogerton

David O'Hara

Boston Ollis

Benjamin O'Neale

James O'Neale

James Osburn

John Ott

William Paradice

William Parham

Aaron Parker

James Parker

John Parker

Jonathan Parker

John Parrish

Thomas Parrott, Sr.

John Patterson

William Paul

Joseph Peacock

Josiah Peacock

Joseph Pearce

Philip Pearce

Silas Pearce

Henry Peeples

Charles Penck

Isaac Perkins

Jordan Perkins

Willis Perkins

Richard Perry

Edens Petty

William Pierum

John Pinder

John Pitts

Thomas Pitts

James Poland

Thomas Porter

Honour Powell

Thomas Powell - Drummer

Thomas Powell

John Prator

James Pratt

Benjamin Prescot

Frederick Prescot

John Prescott

Samuel Prescott

John Prest

Anthony Preston

Samuel Price

James Procter

James Procter

Ansel Pruet

Elisha Pruet

William Pulliam

Charles Quarles

Hardy Rachard

Peter Rachard

John Ragsdale

Joshua Reynolds

Philip Riley

Samuel Robertson

John Rowell

Samuel Saxton

William Saxton

James Scott

Abraham See

John See

Nicholas See

Richard Shannon

William Shean

Thomas Shield

Ambrose Shingleton

Frederick Sitlers

Middleton Smith

Robert Spence

Stephen Stubbs

James Sweat

James Sword Taylor

John Thomson 

Thomas Tomlin

John Washington

William Wells

John Willis - Fifer

Moses Willson - Drummer & Private

James Wilson

Robert Wilson

Thomas Wilson

Joab Wooton

Brief History of Regiment: 

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Authorized June 6, 1775 in the South Carolina Provincial Troops as the South Carolina Regiment of Horse (Rangers). Organized in summer 1775 at Ninety-Six Courthouse to consist of nine companies from western South Carolina. Redesignated November 12, 1775 as the 3rd South Carolina Regiment. Adopted July 24, 1776 into the Continental Army and assigned to the Southern Department. Captain Ezekiel Polk's Independent Company (organized in summer 1775 in western South Carolina) concurrently redesignated as the 10th Company, 3rd South Carolina Regiment.

Assigned November 23, 1776 to the 1st South Carolina Brigade, an element of the Southern Department. Relieved August 26, 1778 from the 1st South Carolina Brigade and assigned to the 2nd South Carolina Brigade, an element of the Southern Department. Relieved January 3, 1779 from the 2nd South Carolina Brigade.

Assigned February 1, 1779 to the South Carolina Brigade, an element of the Southern Department. Reorganized February 11, 1780 to consist of nine companies. Captured May 12, 1780 at Charleston by the British Army. Disbanded January 1, 1781.

Engagements:

Charleston 1775-1776
Southern Highlands
Savannah
Charleston 1780

Detachments additionally served in the following:

Cherokees 1776
Florida 1778

The regiment was established by the South Carolina Provincial Congress in June 1775 as mounted riflemen who used horses for transportation but dismounted to fight on foot. It consisted of a lieutenant colonel commandant, a major, nine captains, eighteen lieutenants, a surgeon, a paymaster, an adjutant, and a quartermaster, and with each of its nine companies having two sergeants, a drummer, and fifty privates. The regiment was placed on the Continental Establishment in September 1776 as mounted riflemen, and in October its complement increased to 600 men in twelve companies, with the commanding officer, the major, and the senior captain, all being promoted one grade.

The regiment was recruited in the backcountry and on the frontiers, and normally served in multi-company detachments, one of which took over Fort Charlotte in July 1775. Another detachment was bloodied in the fighting at Ninety Six in November 1775 and in the "Snow Campaign," which followed.

In June 1776, the whole regiment defended the eastern end of Sullivan's Island when the British attempted an amphibious assault during the naval attack on the fort, which was later named Fort Moultrie.  

Date(s):

Known Battles / Skirmishes:

Jul. 12, 1775

Fort Charlotte

Sep. 18, 1775 

Sullivan's Island

Oct. 31, 1775

Congaree River

Nov. 3, 1775

Mine Creek

Nov. 19-21, 1775

Ninety-Six

Dec. 22, 1775

Great Cane Brake

Dec. 23-30, 1775

Snow Campaign

Jun. 26, 1776

Cherokee Indian Towns

Jun. 28, 1776

Fort Moultrie

Jun. 28, 1776

Breach Inlet Naval Battle

Jul. 15, 1776 

Lyndley's Fort

Aug. 1, 1776

Seneca Town

Aug. 8-11, 1776

Cherokee Towns

Aug. 10, 1776

Tugaloo River

Aug. 12, 1776

The Ring Fight

Aug. 12, 1776

Tamassee

Sep. 1776 

St. Augustine Expedition (FL)

Oct. 14, 1776

Altamaha River (GA)

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 1777 

Fort McIntosh (GA)

Dec. 29, 1778 

Savannah (GA)

Jan. 6-10, 1779 

Fort Morris (GA)

Feb. 3, 1779 

Port Royal Island

Mar. 3, 1779

Briar Creek (GA)

Apr. - Jul. 1779 

Prevost's March

May 3, 1779 

Coosawhatchie

Jun. 20, 1779

Stono Ferry

Sep. 16 - Oct. 18, 1779

Siege of Savannah (GA)

Mar. 12, 1780

Two Sisters' Ferry

Mar. 28 - May 12, 1780

Siege of Charleston


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