Wofford College
Since the establishment of ROTC on the Wofford Campus in 1919, military training has been an important part of campus life for many students,

Cadets drilling just after ROTC was established on campus in 1919.

Since the establishment of ROTC on the Wofford Campus in 1919, military training has been an important part of campus life for many students,

Drawing linage from the American Civil War, the Southern Guards Battalion at Wofford College has a rich heritage that inspires the next generation of leaders on campus.

The Southern Guards Battalion military and educational heritage dates back to the 1850s when a group of students formed a volunteer infantry company, “The Southern Guards.”  The governor of South Carolina instructed them to complete their education before entering military service so they elected to disband.  Most of these men promptly enlisted in local units, many in the noted Palmetto Sharpshooters of the Army of Northern Virginia.   Wofford College, the host institution for the Southern Guards Battalion was one of the first private colleges to establish a unit when the ROTC program was offered to selected institutions following World War I.  The battalion was formally established on October 18, 1919, with 118 cadets.  The late Olin D. Johnston (Wofford Class of 1921) was the first cadet battalion commander who later became the governor of South Carolina and a United States Senator.

The tradition of excellence continues today having commissioned more than 2,000 young men and women as second lieutenants.  Twenty-three officers have become general officers and one was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  In conjunction with the host program at Wofford College, the Southern Guards Battalion also commissions cadets from the University of South Carolina- Upstate, Converse College, and Limestone College.