1869 MILITIA ROLL FOR CHESTERFIELD COUNTY
MILITIA ROLL FOR CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC by James C. Pigg.
In 1869 the South Carolina General Assembly, in response to increased KKK
activity during the fall of the previous year, created a new state militia.
These integrated military units were designed to reduce the level of KKK
violence in the state. Over time, the militia enlisted over 100,000 citizens and
became an almost all-black unit. However, at its inception, both blacks
and whites appear on the muster rolls. These muster rolls are available on each
county, and the originals are available at the South Carolina Archives. Within
each county, units are listed by township. James C. Pigg has continued in his
quest to transcribe and make available a multitude of sources on Chesterfield
County, a burned county. The 1869 Militia Roll is the latest example.
Within each township information is provided which includes name, race, age, and
occupation of each militia member. Pigg points out in his introduction that the
1870 Census of Chesterfield County is plagued by nearly illegible handwriting
and the over zealous use of first initials in the place of first names. This
transcription of the 1869 Militia Roll should held alleviate some of these
problems. This is a wonderful source for those hard-to-find individuals from the
burned county of Chesterfield. A map of the townships of Chesterfield
County is included. © 2003,
shipping and handling. Order from Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, Post
Office Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.
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