Confederate Regiments & BatteriesNorth Carolina


Charles M. Stedman of the 44th North Carolina would be the last surviving Confederate veteran in the United States Congress.

1862
March 28 Organized at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh, under Colonel George B. Singletary, Lieutenant Colonel Richard C. Cotton (age 76) and Major Elisha Cromwell. Assigned to the Department of North Carolina.
May 30 Lieutenant Colonel Cotton resigned and Major Cromwell was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Captain Tazewell L. Hargrove of Company A was promoted to major.
May 31 Battle of Seven Pines
June 4-5
Tranter’s Creek

Colonel Singletary was killed.

July 24 Lieutenant Colonel Cromwell resigned due to kidney disease.
July 28 Thomas C. Singletary, brother of the late Colonel George Singletary and former lieutenant colonel in the 27th North Carolina, was elected colonel in place of his brother. Major Hargrove was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Charles M. Stedman of Company E was promoted to major.
December 17 Goldsboro, North Carolina
1863
June Ordered to Virginia and assigned to the Pettigrew’s Brigade of Heth’s Division of the Third Corps.
June 15 Raccoon Ford
June-July The 44th North Carolina was detached to guard the railroad at Hanover Junction and did not take part in the march to Pennsylvania or the Battle of Gettysburg.
June 26
South Anna Bridge

Companies A & G defended the railroad bridge against an attack by Union cavalry, losing 7 men killed, 13 wounded, and 30 captured. It was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Hargrove, who was wounded and captured.

July 24 Moved to Gordonsville
August Rejoined the brigade, now commanded by Brigadier General William W. Kirkland since the death of Pettigrew.
October 14
Bristoe Station

The regiment took part in an attack by the brigade on a Union position that was well supported by artillery. The regiment lost 23 killed and 63 wounded. An unknown number were captured when they chose to not retreat back across the deadly open ground over which they had advanced.

November 9 Culpeper
November 27 Verdiersvile
December 14 Into winter quarters around Orange Court House
December 26 Colonel Singletary was ordered to be cashiered for drunkeness, but the order was suspended.
1864
May 4 Broke camp and moved to Verdiersville.
May 5-6
Battle of the WIlderness

The regiment held a position on the right of the Orange Plank Road. Lieutenant R.W. Stedman heroically led a detail of 40 men to save 3 guns from capture. He succeeded n saving the guns but was badly wounded, and almost every man in the detail was hurt.

May 8-21
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Colonel Singletary and Major Stedman were wounded.

May 30-June 3 Cold Harbor
June 10 Richmond
June 27 Brigadier General William MacRae took over the brigade, still in Heth’s Division of the Third Corps, from the wounded Brigadier General Kirkland.
August 20-21
Globe Tavern
August 21-22 Siege of Petersburg
August 24-25
Reams’ Station
September 25 Harrisonburg
October 2 Chaffin’s Farm
October 28 Burgess’ Mill
1865
April 1
Battle of Five Forks
April 2 South Side Railroad (Sutherland’s Station)
April 3 Burkeville
April 5 Farndall Station
April 6 Ameilia Court House
April 9
Appomattox Court House

The 44th North Carolina surrendered 8 officers and 74 enlisted men.