11th NORTH CAROLINA
Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865
Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park
The 1st North Carolina Volunteers was formed from ten counties of volunteer state militias. Companies and volunteer units are as follows: A. Edgecombe Guards, B. Hornets Nest Rifles, C. Charlotte Greys, D. Orange Light Infantry, E. Buncombe Riflemen, F. Lafayette Light Infantry G. Burke Rifles, H. Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, I. Enfield Blues and K. Southern Stars.
On May 11, 1861, the 1st NC Volunteers were formally organized. Now the 1st would go to Virginia and see its first action at Big Bethel on June 10, 1861. They would be led by Colonel D.H. Hill, brother-in-law of Stonewall Jackson. In the engagement at Bethel, Private Henry Lawson Wyatt would be the first and only death. Private Wyatt was the first Confederate dead of the war. The 1st would now return to North Carolina where it would be re-formed into the 11th North Carolina Troops and asigned to the Department of North Carolina. For the next two years the 11th would serve in eastern North Carolina. The newly formed 11th NC would be made up of ten companies: three from Mecklenburg County, two from Burke County and one from Bertie, Chowan, Orange, Lincoln and Buncombe. The 11th would now see action in eastern North Carolina. They would do provo duty around the city of Wilmington, N.C., and also see some action in White Hall and the Seige of Washington, N.C.
In the spring of 1863 the 11th would be called up to the front in Virginia. Now the men of the 11th NC would go into the service of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The men from the Bethel Regiment would now fight at Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863; Bristoe Station October 14, 1863; The Wilderness May 5, 1864; Spotsylvania May 7, 1864; and Cold Harbor June 3, 1864. The battles that took place from June 1864 to April 1865 at the seige of Petersburg are as follows: Jerusalem Plank Road, Globe Tavern, Reams Station, Jones Farm, Burgess Mill and Hatcher Run. The 11th NC surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1865. The 11th NC Troops never lost or surrendered its colors. The 11th NC served in A.P. Hill's division from 1863 to 1865.
Source: Confederate Military History, Volume 3, Chapter VIII.
After arriving in Virginia, the regiment served in General Pettigrew's, Kirkland's, and MacRae's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought on many battlefields from Gettysburg to Cold Harbor, endured the hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and saw action around Appomattox. It lost over half of the 617 at Gettysburg, reported 15 casualties at Bristoe, and surrendered 8 officers and 74 men. The field officers were Colonels Collett Leventhorpe and William J. Martin, Lieutenant Colonels Francis W. Bird and William A. Owens, and Major Egbert A. Ross.
11th North Carolina Descendants Roll Call
If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the 11th North Carolina Infantry who served honorably at any time during the war and would like to be listed on the Descendants Roll Call, please send an e-mail by clicking the icon below. Type "11th NC" in subject line and provide rank out and company if possible in the message.
A Regimental History of the 11th North Carolina
Thomas Venner, a very fine author and Civil War historian, is writing a regimental history of the 11th North Carolina and would like to make contact with descendants of its soldiers for information, anecdotes and photos of their ancestors.
Within this 11th North Carolina Descendants Association is a wealth of material that could be very helpful to a historian. Please contact Mr. Venner to at least say hello or to share, if possible, your family information and photos. Everyone will benefit from having an 11th North Carolina regimental history that has been enhanced with the addition of specific stories and images of the soldiers. His e-mail address is . . . firstname.lastname@example.org
A few years ago, an outstanding regimental history of the 7th Tennessee by Thomas Venner was published. As we had notified descendants of that regiment about the forthcoming book, many of them contacted Thomas and shared letters, journals, photos, and family oral histories. Their contributions enriched The 7th Tennessee Infantry, making it a much more personal story than could ever be imagined.
Please help Thomas Venner accomplish the same for the 11th North Carolina and forever honor those soldiers for their valor and faithful service.
Not For Fame Or Reward
Not For Place Or For Rank
Not Lured By Ambition
Or Goaded By Necessity
But In Simple
Obedience To Duty
As They Understood It
These Men Suffered All - Sacrificed All
Dared all - And Died
Inscription written by Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim and carved
on the north side of the Confederate Memorial (sculpted by Moses Ezekiel)
at Arlington National Cemetery
The Remembrance Wall
At The National Museum Of The Civil War Soldier
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