Anyone related to the Elmores in Gaffney, South Carolina or know about the Spartanburg Sharp Shooters?

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Hi! I am Nevaeh! Recently, I have been delving into my African American ancestry. Being mixed race, I had focused on the European ancestry for a long time because it was much easier and at least I had somewhere to start. But as I have studied my African ancestry, I have come across a few leads and I am looking for help. My ancestor Emanuel Elmore (4GG) was an enslaved man born in Alabama and lived to be about 90 years old. His son of the same name (and full brother to my 3rd-great-grandmother, mother: Dorcas Cooper, born abt. June 20, 1856) recounted Emanuel's life in the Library of Congress' Slave Narratives in 1937. He speaks extensively of my family's master. Col. Elmore was the most he could remember about the master's name. He joined the Spartanburg Sharp Shooters during the Civil War. I will link the Slave Narrative. If anyone has any information, not just about Emanuel, but about Col. Elmore, the Spartanburg Sharp Shooters, or slavery in Gaffney, SC any help would be very appreciated. Thank you!
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS LINK: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mesn.142/?sp=10

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The FamilySearch wiki has an article with references on the South Carolina Sharpshooters. I’m unsure if this is the same as the organization you mention, but it may provide some insight. Here is the link https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/1st_Battalion,_South_Carolina_Sharpshooters

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