4th North Carolina State Troops
|May 16||Organized at Garysburg at Camp Hill.
Company A – Iredell County.
|June 28||Mustered into Confederate Service.|
|July 16||Governor John W. Ellis appointed Colonel George B. Anderson as commander of the 4th North Carolina. John A. Young was ieutenant colonel and Bryan Grimes was major.
Lieutenant Colonel Young was detached from the regiment from the beginning. He was a clothing manufacturer and almost went bankrupt making uniforms for the army. Young supplied every member of the regiment with a uniform and cap at his own expense. He was eventually forced to leave the army due to an incurable skin disease.
|August||Moved to Virginia and assigned to the Manassas Garrison.|
|October||Assigned to Manassas Garrison, Potomac District, Department of Northern Virginia.|
|March||Assigned to G.B. Anderson’s-Winder’s-Featherston’s Brigade, D.H. Hill’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|May||Major Grimes was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Absolom Simonton of Company A was promoted to major.|
|April 5-May 4||
Siege of Yorktown
Battle of Williamsburg
|May 31-June 1||
Battle of Seven Pines
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Grimes, who led the regiment in a charge that earned the regiment its nickname: the Bloody Fourth. It brought 25 officers and 520 enlisted men to the field, and lost 24 officers and 462 enlisted men killed and wounded. Major Simonton was killed. Lieutenant Colonel Grimes was the only unwounded officer in the regiment. After the color guard were killed John Stikeleather became the color bearer and remained so until the end of the war.
|June-September||Assigned to G.B. Anderson’s Brigade, D.H. Hill’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|June 9||Colonel Anderson was promored to brigadier general.|
|June 25-July 1||
Seven Days Battles
Beaver Dam Creek (Ellison’s Mills)
Battle of Gaines’s Mill (First Cold Harbor)
Glendale (Nelson’s Farm)
Battle of Malvern Hill
|September 5||Engagement at Malvern Hill|
|September||Assigned to G.B. Anderson’s Brigade, D.H. Hill’s Division, Army of Northern Virginia.|
|September 5||Crossed the Potomac River at White’s Point. Colonel Grimes was badly injured when he was kicked by a horse, and had to accompany the regiment’s march in an ambulance.|
|September 6||Skirmish at Mouth of the Monocacy|
The regiment fought at Fox’s Gap. Colonel Grimes left his ambulance had himself placed on his horse for the battle. The regiment lost 12 casualties.
|September 15||Colonel Grimes’s leg worsened and there was discussion of amputation. He was taken to Sherpherdstown and then Winchester, where he remain until November.|
The regiment was commanded at the start of the battle by Captain Edward Osborne. It lost six men killed and 40 wounded, with every officer killed or wounded. After Captain Osborne was wounded (and later captured) in the brutal fighting in the Sunken Lane, Captain William T. Marsh commanded the regiment until he was killed. Captain Daniel P. Latham then took command until he was mortally wounded.
|September 19-20||The regiment was commanded at the start of the battle by Captain Edward Osborne. It lost six men killed and 40 wounded, with every officer killed or wounded. After Captain Osborne was wounded (and later captured) in the brutal fighting in the Sunken Lane, Captain William T. Marsh commanded the regiment until he was killed. Captain Daniel P. Latham then took command until he was mortally wounded.|
Colonel Grimes temporarily commanded the brigade.
|Late December||Captain Osborne was exchanged and returned to the regiment. He was promoted to major.|
|April 27-May 6||
The regiment lost 45 men killed and 110 wounded. Captain Samuel Kelly of Company K was wounded.
|June 13||Action at Winchester|
|June 14||Skirmish at Martinsburg|
|June 29||Skirmish with Perry’s Militia a few miles north of Carlisle, Pennsylvania|
The regiment brought 196 men to the field, and lost 61 casualties. On the first day at Oak Hill they ctook more prisoners than they had men on the field. They claimed the honor of the first Confederate unit to enter Gettysburg.
Skirmish at Hagerstown, Maryland Skirmish at Warrenton October 13, 1863;
The regiment lost 18 casualties.
Skirmish at Warrenton
|Operations in Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties|
|November 7-8||Kelly’s Ford, Operations Against the Advance on the Line of the Rappahannock|
Mine Run Campaign
|November 30||Skirmish with sharpshooters|
|December 3||Morton’s Ford|
|February 6-7||Barnett’s Ford; Demonstrations on the Rapidan River|
Major Osborne commanded the division’s sharpshooter battalion.
Colonel Grimes temporarily commanded the brigade after General Ramseur was wounded. He led the regiment in a countercharge and hand to hand fighting to reclaim captured ground in the Mule Shoe on May 12. It lost 46 men killed and 72 wounded. Major Edwin Osborne was wounded, and was afterwards promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Captain Samuel Kelly of Company K was wounded.
Battle of North Anna
|May 31-June 1||
Assigned to Cox’s Brigade, Rodes’s-Grimes’s Division, Army of the Valley
|June 18||Arrived at Lynchburg. Lieutenant Colonel Osborne was promoted to colonel.|
|June 19||Began the pursuit of Hunter’s Federal forces, skirmish at Liberty.|
|June 20||Skirmish at Buford Gap|
|June 21||Skirmish at Salem|
|June 22-27||After resting for a day resumed the pursuit to Staunton.|
|July 4||Arrived at Harpers Ferry, capturing Bolivar Heights in the morning. By evening Federal forces were driven across the Potomac to Maryland Heights.|
|July 6||Crossed the Potomac at Pack Horse Ford at Shepherdstown, engaged the Federal garrison at Bolivar Heights and moved through Crampton’s Gap to Frederick.|
|July 10||Resumed the march to Washington|
|July 11||After a very hot, duty and fatiguing march arrived in the evening in front of Fort Stevens of the Washington Defenses, within sight of the Capitol dome and skirmished with Federal troops.|
|July 12||Reinforcements of the Federal 6th Corps arrived from the Petersburg front and the day was spent in heavy skirmishing in which President Lincoln came under fire. The Confederates began their retreat after sundown.|
|July 15||Crossed the Potomac near Leesburg during the night, pursued by Federal cavalry.|
|July 17||Crossed the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap.|
Attacked and forced the Federal position at the ford. Colonel Wood was killed, and Lieutenant Colonel Osborne was promoted to colonel. Major Stancill was mortally wounded.
|July 19-20||Moved toward Stratsburg and to the support of Ramseur’s Division.|
|July 21||Retired to Fisher’s Hill|
|August 17||Skirmish at Winchester|
|August 21-22||Skirmish at Charlestown|
|August 29||Skirmish at Smithfield|
|September 3||Skirmish at Bunker Hill|
|September 13||Abraham’s Creek|
|September 14||Skirmish near Berryville|
|September 15||Sevier’s Ford, Opequan Creek|
Captains Henry May Warren of Company F and Samuel Kelly of Company K were wounded and captured.
|September 23-24||Withdrew up the Valley to Waynesboro.|
|September 26-28||Port Republic|
|October 1-13||Advanced down the valley to Fisher’s Hill.|
Color bearer Ensign John Stikeleather was wounded.
|November 23||Skirmish at Rude’s Hill near Mount Jackson|
The regiment rejoined Lee’s army around Richmond and was assigned to Cox’s Brigade, Grimes’s Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
|April 1||Colonel Osborne was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps due to his wounds.|
|April 5||Rennes Salient|
Battle of Sayler’s Creek
Farmville and High Bridge
The brigade fired the last volley of the Army of Northern Virginia in the fight before the surrender. Eight officers and 101 men surrendered with Lee’s army.