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The Battle of Secessionville was the first major action by the 22nd South Carolina in the war.  Only a 100-man dettachment fought inside Battery Lamar on June 16, 1862, but it was very significant. Below you find the Official Report filed by Col. S. D. Goodlett.  Col Goodlett was the 22nd SC Commanding Officer when the regiment was stationed on James Island, SC in 1862.  Also you will find a list of the casualties of the 100-man dettachment below the Official Report.

Camp on James Island, S. C., June 18, 1862.

GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report of the casualties in my command originating from the fight of the 16th instant:

In obedience to an order from headquarters I detailed 100 picked men, 10 from each company, to go as a fatigue party about 1 a.m . of the 16th instant to Secessionville. I spaced Captain Joshua Jamison in command of the detail, and Lieuts. L. S. Hill, H. H. Sally, and J. B. Cobb were detailed as lieutenants, thus completing a command of one company. This detail arrived at Secessionville in time to meet the first onset of the enemy. Captain Jamison and Lieutenants Hill, Sally, and Cobb acted with great coolness, courage, and determination, and sustained and supported Captain Reed's battery to the last. The ranks of this detail, as will be seen by Exhibit A,* accompanying this report, were decimated. Killed, 10; wounded, 7.

The balance of my command were ordered to support the battery to the right of Secessionville, where a galling fire was opened upon us from the enemy's artillery without damage. We were then ordered to the support of Secessionville and arrived there at the close of the engagement.

I am happy to state that my command throughout acted with coolness and determination, and that too much p[raise cannot be bestowed upon Captain Jamison and the lieutenants and detail before alluded to, for the manner in which they demeaned themselves in the fight.

I would state on e fact before bringing this report to a close, that according to the numbers actively engaged the detail of 100 men made from my command under Captain Jamison suffered more in proportion than any of the forces engaged on our side.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Twenty-second Regiment, South Carolina Vols.

General EVANS, James Island, S. C.

Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies; pages 96-7, Vol. XIV.

Captain Joshua Jamison of Co. G  commanded the 100-Man dettachment at Secessionville.  He was from Anderson County, SC.
On Capt. Jamison's Staff were the following:
1st Lt. H. H. Sally of Co. I (Orangeburg)
2nd Lt. Lorick A. of Co. A (Edgefield)
2nd Lt. John B. Cobb of Co. D (Pickens District)

Records show that the 22nd SC 100-man dettachment suffered 10 KIA and 8 Wounded at Secessionville.  Here the following that have been found as casualties at Secessionville.

Company A.—Killed: Pvts R. A. Cowan, and Benjamin Harris.

Company B.—Wounded: Pvt John Wheeler.

Company C.—Wounded: Pvt Edward Sigemore.

Company D.—Killed: Pvts William Roach and Henry Pressure.

Company E -- Killed: Pvt J. J. Spivay; Wounded: Pvts W. F. Connell and Francis Connell.

Company F—Wounded: Pvt William Gilstrap.

Company G.—Killed: Pvt Thomas A. Stribling and Henry Orr.

Company H.—Wounded: Pvt Thomas Bowers.

Company I.—Killed: Pvts Liona Justus and Duman Wooley; Wounded: Pvt P. Tar.

Company K.—Killed: Pvt Alfred Cawer; Wounded: Pvt E. P. Campbell.

Killed 10

Wounded 8

Total 18

SOURCE: Southern History of the War: Official Reports of Battles; page 482.