Confederate Regiments & Batteries * North Carolina


1863
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
Company B – Nash and Franklin Counties – Captain W. S. Mitchell.
Company C – Wayne and Lenoir Counties – Captain David S. Davis.
Company D – Jones and Lenoir Counties – Captain W. T. Robinson.
Company E – “Cockade Rifles” – Lenoir and Carteret Counties – Captain Steven S. Quinnerly.
Company F – Jones and Lenoir Counties – Captain Willis J. Raspberry.
Company G – “Rough and Readys” – Lenoir County – Captain E. B. Blackmer.
Company H – Duplin and Onslow Counties – Captain James G. Davis.
Company I – Wayne, Onslow, and Jones Counties – Captain Jesse P. Williams.
Company K – Wayne and New Hanover Counties – Captain John P. Sykes.

November Assigned to Martin’s Brigade, District of Cape Fear.
1864
January Moorhead City
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
Bermuda Hundred

Lieutenant Davis of Compan C ws wounded and disabled.

June 1-3
Cold Harbor

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.

June 16
Siege of Petersburg

Station for most of its time in the trenches on Mortar Hill near the Crater.

September 29-30
Fort Harrison

The regiment was in reserve.

October-December Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, 4th Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
October 27
Burgess’ Mill

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.
December 24-25
Detachment at Fort Fisher
1865
January 13-15
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.
March 7
Wise’s Forks
March 8
Southwest Creek

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.

March 19-21
Battle of Bentonville
April Assigned to Kirkland’s Brigade, Hoke’s Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee.
April 26
Durham Station

Surrendered with Johnston’s army

May 2
Bush Hill

Less than 100 men signed their paroles here, many having gone home after the surrender terms were agreed to on the 26th.