FMC in Company F, 3rd (Palmetto) Battalion South Carolina Light Artillery

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Company F was organized in 1862 and was also known as the Chesnut Light Artillery. They took part in the capture of the USS Isaac Smith in January 1863. The Union vessel was caught in a cross fire by hidden shore batteries. It was the only instance during the war where a navy ship surrendered to field artillery. The company served primarily in South Carolina. Among its members were at least 12 free men of color.

Photos by George S. Cook, 1863:

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This photo may be of the same unit. It is sometimes associated with the same group of photos:
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Guidon of Company F, Confederate Relic Room, Columbia, SC:

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"Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith" from a sketch in Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, February 28, 1863:

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1. Henry Mitchem
Private, Company F, 3rd (Palmetto) Battalion SC Light Artillery.
Enlisted at Camp White, November 15, 1862. Roll for June 30, 1863: "On picket." Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. No later record.

General Orders No. 32
"...The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That all male free negroes and other free persons of color....resident in the Confederate States, between the ages of 18 and 50 years, shall be held liable to perform such duties with the army, or in connection with the military defences of the country, in the way of work upon fortifications or in government works for the production or preparation of materials of war, or in military Hospitals..."
https://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/circular/circular.html
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"On picket."

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Pension Application

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2. William W. Pratt
Private, Company F, 3rd (Palmetto) Battalion SC Light Artillery.
Enlisted at Camp White, September 26, 1862. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA.

Private, Company A, 2nd (Palmetto) Regiment SC Infantry.
Enlisted at Salkehatchie, SC, January 10, 1865. Surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnston, April 26, 1865, and paroled at Greensboro, NC, May 2, 1865.

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Re-enlisted in 2nd South Carolina Infantry.

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3. Fred Scott
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Roll for April 30, 1862: "Absent on picket duty." Transferred to the Quartermaster Dept., April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. No later record.

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4. Brantley Sweat
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 26. "On leave of absence. Recruit having reported & is gone home to arrange his affairs." Roll for April 30, 1862: "Never reported."

Apparently, Sweat saw some service with this company because he was awarded a Confederate pension in 1902 and also appears on a post-war roll of Company F.

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Post-war roll of Company F:
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https://localhistory.richlandlibrary.com/digital/collection/p16817coll11/id/3963/

Confederate Pension Report, 1911

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Sweat moved to Orangeburg County in 1911:
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Residence: Holley Hill, SC
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https://archive.org/details/reportsandresol05carogoog/page/n10/mode/2up
Death Certificate (1917)
Brantly Sweat, Town of Holly Hill, Orangeburg County

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6. Jackson Reid
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 26. Discharged for disability, August 19, 1862. Re-enlisted at Camp Chesnut, SC, January 20, 1863. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. Returned to Company F about November 1864. Surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnston and paroled at Greensboro, NC, May 1, 1865.

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7. Harmon, R. W.
Private - Enlisted at Charleston, SC, May 5, 1862. Detached as ambulance driver from July 1862 to December 1863. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. No later record.

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8. Jackson, John J.
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Transferred to Company C, 2nd Battalion SC Sharp Shooters, August 3, 1862 (this battalion disbanded about December 1862). Re-enlisted in Company F at Camp Chesnut, SC, January 1, 1863. Roll for June 30, 1863: "On picket." Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. Appears last on record dated Dill's Bluff, SC, July 19, 1864.

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9. Elijah Harmon
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 28. Transferred to Company C, 2nd Battalion SC Sharp Shooters, August 3, 1862 (this battalion disbanded about December 1862). Re-enlisted in Company F at Camp Chesnut, SC, January 1, 1863. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. Appears last on record dated Dill's Bluff, SC, July 19, 1864.

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10. David Sweat
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 32. Transferred to Company C, 2nd Battalion SC Sharp Shooters, August 3, 1862 (battalion disbanded about December 1862). Re-enlisted in Company F at Camp Chesnut, SC, January 1, 1863. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA.

Private, Company A, 2nd (Palmetto) Regiment SC Infantry
Enlisted at Salkehatchie, SC, January 10, 1865. Surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnston and paroled at Greensboro, NC, May 2, 1865.

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11. Benjamin Sweat
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 25. Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. Re-enlisted in Company F about November 1864. Appears last on roll for December 31, 1864.

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12. "Noel" (Noah) Sweat
Private - Enlisted at Camp Heyward, SC, April 15, 1862. Age 28. Roll for August 31, 1863: "On picket." Transferred to the Quartermaster Department, April 24, 1864, under General Orders No. 32, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, VA. Re-enlisted in Company F about November 1864. Appears last on roll for December 31, 1864.

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Noah Sweat

Letter from his wife-
"If you don't come soon you will not find me alive when you do come"

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Sweat given leave of absence to attend to his family-

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Here's my attempt at transcribing the letter. Maybe @lelliott19 could do better.

Holley Hill, Jan the 22 1864
-- Dear --- ----- I [write] you these
few lines to let you [hear from] me
I am [very] sick at this time and
I have [been] now for some time and
I am nearly on [starvation?] for I am
not able to go out and try to get
me any thing for to eat....

....try and come
home and see me if you can and
get me some [corn?] and ----- ---
----- if you don't come soon you
will not find me [alive] when you
do come....

....So dear husband I beg of you
to try and come home and get me
and the children [something] to eat
So I will close my short letter
by saying I yet remain your --
[truly] wife until death [parts] us

Henary [Henrietta]

The situation became rather desperate in the latter part of the war.
https://cwnc.omeka.chass.ncsu.edu/exhibits/show/ncwmnthreats/starve
 

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