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2 Wounded Infantry, Palmetto Riflemen, 4th South Carolina Infantry, Co. B, The American Civil War, 1861-1865
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2 Wounded Infantry, Palmetto Riflemen, 4th South Carolina Infantry, Co. B, The American Civil War, 1861-1865

THE PALMETTO RIFLES

The 4th South Carolina Regiment, was part of Colonel Nathan G. “Shanks” Evans’ Brigade, which was originally posted on the extreme left of the Confederate line, defending the small stone bridge, which carried the Warrenton Turnpike across the Bull Run River.

Evans eventually left 4 companies to hold the bridge, and took the rest of his brigade further to his left to oppose the Union flank march under Colonel Ambrose E. Burnside. Evans positioned his men on an excellent defensive position on Matthews Hill, which had good tree cover for his riflemen and his two six pounder guns. The 4th South Carolina Regiment was placed on the left with one of the guns, and the 1st Louisiana on the right with the other gun.

They were to meet the leading column of Mcdowell’s flanking force, men of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, led by Colonel Ambrose E. Burnside

Although Evans had only approximately 900 men, he faced a command of over 6,000. The fire from Evans’ brigade was so effective it temporarily halted the northern forces advance, and bought them enough time until they were reinforced by General Bee’s command.

JULY 2020