|September||The 33rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment was organized for state service at Raleigh under the command of Colonel Lawrence O’Bryan Branch, Lieutenant Colonel C.M. Avery and Major Robert Hoke. Assigned to the District of the Pamlico, Department of North Carolina.
Company A – Iredell County
|January||Mustered into Confederate service|
|January 17||Colonel Branch was promoted to brigadier general. Lieutenant Colonel Avery was promoted to colonel, Major Hoke was promoted to lieutenant colonel and William G. Lewis was promoted to major.|
|March||Assigned to Branch’s Brigade, District of the Pamlico, Department of North Carolina.|
Colonel C.M. Avery was wounded and captured and Lieutenant William H. Massey of Copany G was killed.
|April-May||Assigned to Branch’s Brigade, Department of North Carolina.|
|April 25||Major William Gaston Lewis was transferred to the newly created 43rd North Carolina Infantry as lieutenant colonel. Captain Robert Cowan of Company A was promoted to major.|
|May-June||Assigned to Branch’s Brigade, A.P. Hill’s Division, Department of Northern Virginia.|
Hanover Court House
|June-July||Assigned to Branch’s Brigade, A.P. Hill’s Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|June 25-July 1||
Seven Days Battles
The regiment lost 75 casualties.
Beaver Dam Creek
Lieutenant John W. Williams of Company H was killed.
|July-May||Assigned to Branch’s-Lane’s Brigade, A.P. Hill’s Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|August 5||Lieutenant Colonel Hoke was promoted to colonel of the 21st North Carolina Infantry but remained with the 33rd North Carolina until after the Battle of Sharpsburg as Colonel Avery was still a prisoner. Major Cowan was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Thomas Mayhew of Company B was promoted to major.|
The regiment lost 36 casualties. Captain William M.B. Swindell of Company H was killed.
The regiment lost 8 men. Captain Joseph H. Saunders of Company A was wounded.
Battle of Chantilly
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert F. Hoke. Lieutenant T.A. Cowan of Company A was killed. Lieutenant Hugh Hill of Company A was mortally wounded.
From the War Department marker to Branch’s Brigade at Antietam:
In the advance of A. P. Hill’s Division from the Antietam Furnace Road, on the afternoon of September 17th, Branch’s Brigade supported the Brigades of Gregg and Archer.
It was engaged south of this point, and its commander, Brig. General Branch was killed in the southeast part of the field adjoining this on the south.
After the death of General Branch, the command devolved upon Colonel James H. Lane, of the 28th North Carolina, who relieved Toombs’ Brigade of D. R. Jones’ Division at this point.
The Brigade remained in this position until the morning of the 19th, when it recrossed the Potomac.
|Late fall||Lieutenant Colonel Hoke left the regiment to assume command of the 21st North Carolina as colonel.|
The regiment lost 41 men.
The regiment brought 480 men to the field. It marched to Chancellorsville on the 2nd and that evening deployed as skirmishers on both sides of the Plank Road, coming under a heavy fire from both sides. In three days of fighting they lost 4 officers and 28 enlisted men killed, 14 officers and 87 enlisted men wounded, and 2 officers and 66 enlisted men missing; a total of 201 casualties, or 42%.
Colonel Avery was wounded, Lieutenant Colonel Cowan was wounded in the right arm and Major Thomas W. Mayhew was mortally wounded and captured. Captain Saunders of Company A took command as senior officer.
Captain John Callais of Company G, Lieutenants G.M. Weaver of Company D and Lieutenants Joseph D. Boushall and William K. Babb of Company E were killed. Lieutenant Peyton Anthony of Company B was wounded.
|May||Assigned to Lane’s Brigade, Pender’s-Wilcox’s Division, 3rd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|June 1||Captain Joseph Saunders of Company A was promoted to major.|
The 33rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment was commanded by Colonel Clark M. Avery. He took over the brigade on the evening of July 3 after Brigadier General Pender took over the division from the mortally wounded William Pender and the wounded Isaac Trimble.
The regiment brought 368 men to Gettysburg and lost 20% casualties. Major Joseph H. Saunders was wounded and captured on July 3. Captain Henry Baker of Company A and Lieutenant John Caldwell of Company E were killed on July 3. Lieutenants Peyton Anthony of Company B and Joseph C. Mills of Company G were wounded. Lieutenant F.M. Joines of Company D was wounded and captured.
James A. Summers was promoted to captain of Company A.
From the monument to Lane’s Brigade at Gettysburg:
July 1. Crossed Willoughby Run about 3.30 P. M. and advanced on the right of the Division in the final and successful movement against the Union forces on Seminary Ridge held back Union Cavalry which threatened the flank and had a sharp conflict at the stone wall on Seminary Ridge just south of Fairfield Road.
July 2. Lay with its right in McMillan’s Woods with skirmish line advanced.
July 3. In Longstreet’s assault the Brigade supported the centre of Pettigrew’s Division advancing in good order under the storm of shot and shell and when near the Union works north of the Angle pushed forward to aid the fragments of the front line in the final struggle and was among the last to retire.
July 4. After night withdrew and began the march to Hagerstown.
Mine Run Campaign
Captain William T. Parker of Company E died.
Captain Ebenezer Price of Company B and Lieutenant Isaac L. Farrow of Company H were killed.
The regiment lost 4 men killed and 19 wounded. Lieutenant John N. Anderson of Company I was wounded.
North Anna (Jericho Mills)
The regiment lost 5 men killed, 29 wounded, and 4 missing. Captain James Weston of Company F was wounded.
Captain James M. Hunt of Company D was mortally wounded.
Battle of Riddell’s Shop
Colonel Avery was mortally wounded. Lieutenant Colonel Robert V. Cowan was promoted to colonel and took command of the regiment. Major Joseph H. Sanders was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Captain James A. Weston of Company B was promoted to major.
Jones’ Farm & Squirrel Level Road
Amelia Court House and Jetersville
The regiment surrendered surrendered 11 officers and 108 enlisted men.