|October 2||The 66th North Carolina Infantry Regiment was organized at Kinston by combining the 8th North Carolina Partisan Rangers, commanded by Major John Nethercutt with the 13th North Carolina Infantry Battalion, commanded by Major Clement G. Wright. The field officers of the regiment were Colonel Alexander Duncan Moore, Lieutenant Colonel Nethercutt and Major Wright. Assigned to the District of North Caroina, Department of North Carolina.
Company A – “Orange Boys” – Orange County – Captain Joseph W. Latta
|November||Assigned to Martin’s Brigade, District of Cape Fear.|
|February 2||Newport Barracks|
|April||Assigned to Martin’s Brigade, District of Cape Fear, Department of North Carolina.|
|April-May||Assigned to Martin’s Brigade, Department of North Carolina.|
|May||Assigned to Martin’s Brigade, Whiting’s-D.H. Hill’s Division, Department of North Carolina.|
|12 May||Moved to Virginia and assigned to Martin’s-Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia.|
|May 17-June 14||
Lieutenant Davis of Compan C ws wounded and disabled.
Colonel Moore was mortally wounded by a shot to the neck. Lieutenant Colonel Nethercutt was promoted to colonel, Major Wright was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and Captain David S. Davis of Company C was promoted to major.
Station for most of its time in the trenches on Mortar Hill near the Crater.
The regiment was in reserve.
|October-December||Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, 4th Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.|
The regiment turned back a Federal assault without suffering a single casualty.
|December 22||Moved by train via Richmond, Danville and Greensboro to Wilmington, North Carolina, “the men frequently having to get off and run alongside of it to keep themselves warm, and to fill the tender with water, by buckets, from the mud holes on the side of the track, and to gather wood to keep the fire in the engine burning.” Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, Department of North Carolina.|
Detachment at Fort Fisher
2nd Battle of Fort Fisher
|February||Lieutenant Colonel Wright left on sick leave. He would die at his home in mid-month. Major Davis was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain W.P. Robinson was recommended for major.|
|March||Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, Hardee’s Corps.|
The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Davis while Colonel Nethercutt served on General Hoke’s staff, being a native of the area. The regiment made a charge which was not supported and found itself nearly surrounded. It escaped, but suffered heavy casualties.
Battle of Bentonville
|April||Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee.|
Surrendered with Johnston’s army
Less than 100 men signed their paroles here, many having gone home after the surrender terms were agreed to on the 26th.