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61st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

61st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry was organized at Wilmington, North Carolina, in August, 1862. It surrendered with the Army of Tennessee in April, 1865. [1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - "Sampson Confederates" - many men from Sampson County.

Company B - "Beaufort Plow Boys" - many men from Beaufort County

Company C - "Neuse Guards and Robinson Artillery" - many men from Craven County.

Company D - "Vance Guards" - many men from Chatham County.

Company E - "Eastern Stars" - many men from Lenoir County and Greene County.

Company F - "Trio Guards" - many men from Wilson County, Greene County and Pitt County.

Company G - many men from New Hanover County.

Company H many men from Martin County.

Company I - "Alleghany Rangers and Alleghany Home Defenders" - many men from Alleghany County.

Company K - "Koonc's State Guerrillas" - many men from Jones County and Onslow County [2]

The information about the companies comes from A Guide to Military Organizations and Installations North Carolina 1861-1865.
Information about the companies and their rosters are in Manarin and Jordan, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: a roster. [3]

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 1,801 men on its roster for this unit. Roster

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘North Carolina in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • North Carolina in the Civil War describes many sources, specifically for North Carolina, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Walter Clark. Histories of the several regiments and battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-'65 (Nash Brothers, Book and Job Printers, Goldsboro, N.C., 1901). Internet Archive.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 24 January 2018).
  2. A Guide to Military Organizations and Installations North Carolina 1861-1865, (accessed 30 March 2011)
  3. Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth T. Jordan. North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: a roster. Vol 14. Raleigh, N.C. : State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966. FHL book975.6 M2nc Vol 14