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Command Staff 1861-1865

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This page is dedicated to the Command Staff of the 22nd South Carolina.  Listed below are links, photos, bio's and more of the men who commanded and were on the staff of the 22nd SC.
Some of the names have links and they are underlined

Colonel Joseph Abney

Joseph Abney was the first Commander of the 22nd SC.  He helped raise Co. A(Egdefield Rifles) in the Edgefield District, SC. He held the rank until the 22nd SC was reorganized in May 1862, he resigned afterwards. 

Col. Stephen D. Goodlett

Stephen D. Goodlett Commanded the 22nd SC from Mid-1862 to Early 1863.  He was court-martialed by Gen. Nathan G. Evans on his conduct during the Battle of Kinston, NC.

Col. David G. Fleming

Colonel Fleming commanded the regiment during the beginning of the Petersburg, VA Campaign.  David G. Fleming was from Richland County, SC.  Col. Fleming was KIA on July 30, 1864 when the Federals blew up Elliott's Salient(Battle of The Crater).  His body was never recovered.

Col. William G. Burt

William G. Burt commanded Co. A before being before being promoted to the Command Staff of the 22nd SC.. William Burt was appointed Colonel in July 1864.  Col. Burt was the last commander of the 22nd SC and he was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse on April 12, 1865.

Lt. Colonel James H. Rion

James H, Rion commanded the 22nd SC while the regiment was on duty at Sullivan's Island, SC(near Charleston).  During his brief command he 'cleaned-up' the regiment by using training and drill.  Rion raised Co. B(Lyles' Rifles) of the 7th SC Battalion.  He later commanded the 7th SC Battalion. He ended the war as its commander at the surrender at Durham Station, NC

Lt. Colonel James O'Connell

James O'Connell first commanded Co. D in the 22nd SC which was raised of men from the Pickens District, SC.  He was wounded in action at Boonesboro, MD on September 14, 1862.  Later in 1863 he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and resigned his commission on January 26, 1864. 

Lt. Col. Thomas C. Watkins

Thomas C. Watkins commanded Co. G of the 22nd SC before being put on the staff.  Co. G was raised of men from Anderson County, SC.

Major Milan Leon 'Meil' Hilton

Meil Hilton helped raise Co. E (Lancaster County).  He was promoted to the rank of Major when the 22nd SC was mustered into Confederate service at (Camp Hampton) Columbia, SC.  Major Hilton commanded the 22nd SC during the Battles of Boonesboro and Sharpsburg, MD and until late 1862.

Major J. N. Shedd

J. N. Shedd was the commander of Co. E which was from Lancaster County, SC.  He was promoted to Major in December 1864.  He commanded the 22nd SC during the Battle of Crater after Col. Fleming was KIA.  Major Shedd was the Commanding Officer when the 22nd SC surrendered at Appomattox C. H., Va on April 9, 1865.

Major J. R. Culp

Major Culp briefly commanded the 22nd SC during the Winter of 64/65.  Major Culp was on the staff of the 17th SC. He helped raise Co. A (Richland/Chester Counties) of the 17th SC in 1861. And commanded the 17th SC from July 1864 till his capture at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865.

1st Lt. T. N. Able

Lt. Able was on the Staff of Co. D(Pickens District) and briefly commanded the 22nd SC in late 1864.

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