Wednesday, 17 August 2022

1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment

This unit is the 1st South Carolina Regiment, the second of the two South Carolina regiments I am doing for this AWI collection.

Organised in the summer of 1775 at Charleston to consist of ten companies from eastern South Carolina it was adopted into the Continenal Army in November. It served the majority of the war in the Southern Department (that part of the colonies south of the Virginia/Maryland border). It fought at Charleston in 1775 and 1776, in Florida in 1778 and at Savannah and Charleston in 1780. In addition to that one company served in the Caribbean in 1778.


The regiment was consolidated with the 5th South Carolina Regiment in early 1780, but retained the 1st South Carolina title. It surrendered with the rest of the southern army at Charleston in May 1780 by the British Army. Reformed in December 1782 it was disbanded in November 1783.  




I am really enjoying working on these figures. I particularly like the variety the casual poses provide where some figures don’t have a bayonets fixed, or some are marching with muskets over the right shoulder instead of the left and some, not in this unit, have their muskets inverted.

16 comments:

  1. Nice looking unit Mark, that is one of several benefits of the plastic figures, small variations or simple conversions can add lots of variety to your units....plus, they are a lot cheaper! ­čśÇ

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    1. There are one or two conversion in every AWI unit that I gave done so far…quite a few in the FPW armies too.

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  2. That is a very smart-looking unit Mark. As you say, the mixture of poses and the way they are carrying their muskets certainly adds variety.

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    1. Thanks Lawrence. The variety makes the painting a little less tedious!

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  3. These are very nice! Are they the Perry plastic figures?

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    1. Thanks Mark. Yes they are the plastics . There will be some metals next month.

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  4. Very nice. I really like AWI uniforms and you did a great job. ­čśÇ

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  5. Thanks Stew. Until I started this project I didn’t appreciate just how much variety there was in AWI uniforms. All the other in the group have done most of their units in the standard blue uniforms so it is a bit of fun creating the difference.

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  6. Very sharp looking regiment! Where was the regiment stationed in the Caribbean?

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    1. Thanks Jonathan. It didn’t say…the reference was the the US Army Centre of Military History book, The Continental Army, “Captain Ioor's Company additionally served in Caribbean 1778”

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  7. Great looking Continentals, I like the caps and the variety of kit!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain. The caps aren’t quite right (the should be slightly pointed) but they are near enough, but they do give that variety amongst other Continental units.

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  8. Another lovely looking unit Mark…

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly. I know I keep saying this, but they are lovely little figures to work with and the temptation is to do many more!

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  9. Great looking troops, as are all your recent posts of newly painted units.
    Regards, James

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    1. Thanks there are another couple of units coming off the painting table now.

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