6th South Carolina Regiment

The 6th South Carolina Regiment (2nd Rifle Regiment) was authorized on 28 February 1776 in the South Carolina State Troops and was organized during the spring of 1776 as five companies of volunteers from the northwestern region of the colony of South Carolina. It may have been composed exclusively of expert riflemen from the colony.[1][2]

6th South Carolina Regiment (Rifles)
AllegianceSouth Carolina, Continental Congress of the United States
BranchState Troops, Continental Army
TypeInfantry (riflemen ?)
Part ofRegiment
Lt. Col. Thomas Sumter


Listed below are the key events in the history of this unit, the commanders, and known engagements as a unit:[1][2]

  • 28 February 1776, authorized as South Carolina Provincial Troops
  • Spring 1776, organized at Charleston to consist of five companies from northwestern South Carolina.
  • 25 March 1776, adopted into the Continental Army and assigned to the Southern Department
  • 18 October 1776, reorganized to consist of six companies (Captain Richbourg's Independent Company, organized in spring 1776 at Charleston with personnel from northwestern South Carolina, concurrently redesignated as the 6th Company, 6th South Carolina Regiment).
  • 23 November 1776, assigned to the 1st South Carolina Brigade, an element of the Southern Department.
  • 3 January 1779, relieved from the 1st South Carolina Brigade
  • 1 February 1779, assigned to the South Carolina Brigade, an element of the Southern Department
  • 11 February 1780, consolidated with the 2nd South Carolina Regiment


Known Engagements:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Lewis, J.D. "The American Revolution in South Carolina, 6th South Carolina Regiment (2nd Rifle Regiment". Retrieved 13 September 2020 – via carolana.com.
  2. ^ a b Wright, Richard K. (1983). "Lineage". The Continental Army. Army Lineage Series. United States Army Center of Military History. 60-4. Retrieved 29 June 2006.