Confederate Regiments & BatteriesNorth Carolina


1861
July 18 Organized for twelve months service with nine companies (there was no Company D) as the 14th Regiment North Carolina Volunteers at Weldon, North Carolina. The field officers were Colonal William J. Clarke, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Venable, and Major Jonathan Evans.
August Moved to Richmond, Virginia, then to Staunton. Assigned to John Floyd’s Army of the Kanawha.
Moved to Bunger’s Mill at Lewisburg.
September 9 Ordered to join Floyd’s main force at Carnifex Ferry.
September 12 Joined Floyd’s force at Sewell Mountain, where it had retreated from Carnifex Ferry.
To Meadow Bluff.
September 26-27 Moved to Sewell Mountain via Fayette Court House.
October 17 Mover to Meadow Bluff.
November 12 To Blue Sulphur Springs.
November 14 The regiment was designated the 24th North Carolina Infantry Regiment
November 26 – December 12 Moved to winter quarters at Camp Refuge near Petersburg. Many of the men were sick from the hard marching, bad weather and poor rations in western Virginia.
1862
February 12 Moved to Garysburg, North Carolina, to protect the line of the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad.
February 20 To Franklin Depot, Virginia.
February 21 To Murfreesboro, North Carolina.
February 25 Companies A, E & G were stationed at Devil’s Elbow on the Meherrin River,Companies B & F to Potocapie Bridge, Companies C & K to Griffin Bluff, and Company I to Nottoway Bridge.
February 28 Companies A,C,F,G & H moved to Suffolk, Virginia.
March 14 Companies A,C,F,G & H returned to Murfreesboro
May 7 The regiment was assigned to the Department of North Carolina.
May 14-15 Moved to Garysburg, North Carolina.
May 16 The regiment was reorganized for service for the duration of the war, Company D was added, bringing the regiment up to the normal complement of ten companies. and officers were elected. Lt. Colonel Venable and Major Evans were dropped. Captain John L. Harris of Company H was elected lieutenant colonel and Captain Thaddeus D. Love of Company G was elected major.
May 18 Moved Camp McCulloch near the Roanoke River.
May 22 Moved to Bridger’s Ferry near Halifax, North Carolina.
June 2 To Goldsboro, North Carolina.
June 9 Moved to Petersburg, Virginia and assigned to Ransom’s Brigade of Walker’s Division.
June 24 Moved to Richmond, then to reinforce Huger’s Division on the Williamsburg Road.
June 25 – July 1
Seven Days Battles
June 25 The regiment lost 2 men killed and 7 wounded in skirmishing.
June 26 The regiment continued on skirmish duty.
July 1
Battle of Malvern Hill

The regiment lost 9 men killed, 42 wounded, and 2 missing.

July 7 To Drewry’s Bluff
July 9 To Petersburg. Camped on the CIty Point Road.
August 19 Returned to Richmond
August 23 Camped along the James River.
August 26 Marched into Richmond and boarded a train to Rapidan Station.
September Maryland Campaign
September 3 At Leesburg. Assigned to Walker’s Division of Longstreet’s Command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
September 4 Crossed the Potomac River into Maryland.
September 5 Camped outside Frederick at Monocacy Junction.
September 9 Moved to the mouth of the Monocacy to destroy the Chesepeake & Ohio Canal aqueduct, but the aqueduct proved to be too sturdy
September 10 Recrossed the Potomac into Maryland and marched for Loudoun Heights.
September 13 Occupied Loudoun Heights overlooking Harpers Ferry.
September 14-15 Siege and Capture of Harpers Ferry
September 16 Mached to join Lee’s main army at Antietam.
September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John L. Harris. It lost 20 men killed, 44 wounded and 2 missing.

From the marker for Ransom’s Brigade on the Antietam battlefield:

September 17, 1862.

Ransom’s Brigade reached Sharpsburg during the afternoon of September 16th, and was held in reserve until daybreak of the 17th, when it took position on the extreme right observing Snavely’s Ford. Between 8 and 9 A.M., it moved to the left and supported McLaws in his attack on Sedgwick’s Division. Arriving abreast the southwest edge of the West Woods, it advanced northwardly until opposite this point, when it wheeled to the right and encountered the enemy at the Poffenberger buildings and on the high ground to the east.

Attacked on the flank and in the front the Federal line was compelled to retire. The Brigade followed in pursuit until, near the Hagerstown Pike, it was checked by the destructive fire of the Federal Artillery, and sought shelter in the undulations of the ground.

September 18 Recrossed the Potomac into Virginia.
October 28 Moved with Longstreet’s Command out of the Shenandoah and to Culpeper Court House.
December Moved to Fredericksburg and occupied Marye’s Heights.
December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 4 men killed and 24 wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Harris was wounded.

1863
January 3 Left Fredericksburg, ordered to return to North Carolina to guard the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad.
January 7 Arrived in Petersburg.
January 17 Moved by train to Goldsboro.
January 19 -23 Marched to Kenansville
January 23 Marched to Magnolia, then moved by train to Wilmington.
January-May Patrolled the region around Kinston.
June Moved to the Ivor Station and Blackwater Bridge area south of Petersburg.
Jnue 14 Mover to Drery’s Bluff.
July Moved to Bottoms Bridge over the Chickahominy River.
July 4 Skirmished with Union troops around Bottoms Bridge.
July 8 Returned to Petersburg via Richmond.
late July In Weldon, North Carolina, guarding the railroad against Union cavalry raids.
August Moved to Garysburg
October 28 Moved to Tarboro, North Carolina.
November 1 Companies B, F, H & I moved to Greenville, with the rest of the regiment to Hamilton.
November 22 To Williamston and posted as pickets along the Roanoke River.
late December Returned to Weldon.
1864
January
New Berne expedition

Assigned to Major General George E. Pickett’s command.

January 28-29 Moved to Kinston
January 30 Moved toward New Berne along the south side of the Trent River with Barton’s Column.
February 1 The defences of New Berne were found to be too strong and the attack was abandoned. The regiment returned to Kinston.
February 6 Returned to Weldon to protect the railroad.
late February Forced a Union force to retreat down the Dismal Swamp Canal to within 12 mlles of Norfolk
March 4 Moved toward Suffolk
March 9-11 Drove Union forces out of Suffolk and held it for two days.
March 12 Mover to Weldon.
April 14 Moved to Plymouth to support Hoke’s attack on the city,
April 17-20
Battle of Plymouth

The regiment lost 11 men killed and 89 wounded capturing the city and forcing the garrison to surrender.

late April Moved to attack Washington, North Carolina but Union forces evacuated and burned the town. On the way to attack New Berne was ordered to return to Petersburg.
May 10 Returned to Petersburg and took position just north of the town at Drewry’s Bluff.
May 11-16
Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Colonel Clarke was wounded.

early June Assigned to Bushrod Johnson’s Division in the Bermuda Hundred trenches.
June 4 To Bottoms Bridge, south of Richmond.
June 9 Chaffin’s Farm (New Market Heights)
June 15 Defense of Petersburg

Marched through the night from Drewry’s Bluff to Petersburg to defend the city from attack. Fighting on the defenses east of town threw back the Union attackers, but significant parts of the defensive line had already been lost, and Confederates withdrew to a new defensive line at the end of the day.

June 16 Relieved by new reinforcements from Lee’s army and pulled back to rest in the rear area.
June16 Siege of Petersburg Begins
June 22
Jerusalem Plank Road

Moved to the extreme right of the Confederate defensive line but remained in reserve and took no part in the fighting.

June 24 Occupied trenches south of the Petersburg & Norfolk Railroad on the southeast side of the Petersburg defences.
July 30
Battle of the Crater

The detonation of the Crater was a short distance to the right of the regiment’s position. The 24th sealed off the penetration and helded the trenches against Union support attacks. They also supported Mahone’s Division in their attack that eliminated the Union position in the Crater itself.

August 18-21
Battle of Globe Tavern

Joined Heth’s Division for a successful attack on Union troops, then returned to the trenches along the CIty Point Railroad.

1865
February 5-7
Battle of Hatcher’s Run

Colonel Clark was captured at Dinwiddie Court House and Lieutenant Colonel Harris was severly wounded

March 24 Pulled out of the trenches in preparation for Gordon’s attack on Fort Stedman.
March 25
Attack on Fort Stedman

The attack successfully broke into Union lines and captured Fort Stedman, but was unable to advance further. Retreat back to Confederate lines was across a no-man’s-land swept by fire, and many preferred to surrender rather than risk death. Major Love was wounded and captured. Two companies of the regiment lost half their men as prisoners.

March 31
Dinwiddie Court House
April 1
Battle of Five Forks
April 6
Battle of Sayler’s Creek

Much of the regiment became casualties, incuding many captured.

April 9
Appomattox Court House

The regiment surrendered 1 assistant surgeon and 54 enlisted men.