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The South Carolina Line was a formation within the Continental Army. The term “South Carolina Line” referred to the quota of numbered infantry regiments assigned to South Carolina at various times by the Continental Congress. These, together with similar contingents from the other twelve states, formed the Continental Line. The concept was particularly important in relation to the promotion of commissioned officers. Officers of the Continental Army below the rank of brigadier general were ordinarily ineligible for promotion except in the line of their own state.


Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Carolina_Line