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Civil War Rosters

by Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. and Wiley J. Williams, 2006

<i>Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states</i>, by John W. Moore.  Published 1882 by Ashe & Gatling, Raleigh, N.C. Presented on Archive.org. A Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War between the States, by Confederate veteran John Wheeler Moore, was an undertaking by the state of North Carolina in 1881 to publish a list of its Confederate soldiers. The four volumes of Moore's Roster, as it came to be called, include the names of 106,498 soldiers-about 70 percent of the state's Confederate troops-and are arranged by military unit. The last volume, after identifying the regiments and separate battalions, lists general and staff officers or North Carolinians in the Confederate navy and elsewhere. For each individual recorded, the roster generally gives rank, date, and county of enlistment. Remarks about promotions, desertions, injuries, capture, and death in battle are sometimes noted.

The North Carolina Civil War Roster Project began in 1961 under the auspices of the North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission and in 1965 was transferred to the State Department of Archives and History, now the Division of Archives and History of the Department of Cultural Resources. Its purpose is to publish histories of all North Carolina units raised during the war, as well as rosters containing the names and service records of members. When completed, the series, entitled North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, will comprise 17 individually indexed volumes, each providing histories and rosters of at least four regiments and service records of approximately 7,500 men. An eighteenth volume, a master index, will give the names of approximately 130,000 North Carolina military personnel listed in North Carolina Troops and the volumes and pages on which their service records appear.

Louis H. Manarin headed the Civil War Roster Project from 1961 until February 1970, when Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. took over the editorship. Rosters are arranged numerically by regiment and then alphabetically by company. A field and staff section precedes the company roster for each regiment. Within each company roster, officers and enlisted men, excluding captains, appear alphabetically in separate sections. Captains and field and staff personnel are listed by date of rank. Each name is followed by a service record of approximately 100 words that includes, if known, the soldier's county of birth and residence, his age and occupation at the time of enlistment, his promotion record, whether he was wounded, captured, or killed, and whether he deserted or died of disease.

The Civil War Roster Project had published 15 volumes by 2006. Volumes 1 and 2 cover artillery and cavalry units, respectively; volumes 3-15 contain rosters and histories of infantry units. Volume 16 will present additional Confederate infantry regiments, and volume 17 will contain rosters of miscellaneous Confederate units such as the junior and senior reserves, militia, Home Guard, navy, and marines. It will also include North Carolina Federal troops (four regiments of African American soldiers and four of whites) and many North Carolinians who served in units from other states.

Reference:

C. F. W. Coker, North Carolina Civil War Records: An Introduction to Printed and Manuscript Sources (1977).

Additional resources:

North Carolina. General Assembly; Moore, John Wheeler. Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol 1. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. https://archive.org/details/rosternorthcaro00moorgoog (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 2. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. https://archive.org/details/05913252.3310.emory.edu (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 3. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. https://archive.org/details/05913252.3311.emory.edu (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 4. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. https://archive.org/details/05913252.3312.emory.edu (accessed October 31, 2014).

Image Credit:

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the War between the states Vol. 3. Raleigh, [N.C.]: Ashe & Gatling. 1882. https://archive.org/details/rosterofnorthcar03moor (accessed October 31, 2014).

Comments

Comment: 

Hello,

I am currently writing a Master's Thesis on the "Railroad Cut" at Gettysburg. I am looking for letters, memoirs, pictures, or diaries from members of the 55th North Carolina Infantry.
V/r
Joe

Comment: 

Hello, 

Thanks for your question.

You may be able to find some on our digital collection from the State Archives at https://digital.ncdcr.gov/digital/custom/civil-war. Also, you may want to check with the NC Museum of History https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library. 

Comment: 

I am searching for information on my Great Grand Mother's family. Her brother was a NC Civil War soldier, James Rae, (or Ray). He was wounded and captured at Gettysburg, and died three months later in a prisoner of war camp on Long Island. I would appreciate any information you have on a person with that name in your records. Thank You, Bill Hitt.

Comment: 

Hello,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and asking your question.

I am forwarding your query to our Reference services who can assist you: https://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/contact-us

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

Comment: 

Many of my ancestors lived in western N.C. at the time of the war between the states. McDowell,Paxton,Toss,Bryson,Liner,Davis and others. Is there a way to learn of the soldiers from that part of the state? Thank you.

Comment: 

Hi Jeanne!

Thank you for your comment and for visiting NCpedia! I am forwarding your inquiry to our library's Reference Team who will be able to help you locate applicable resources for your research. A staff member from our library will be reaching out to you via e-mail soon.

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library

Comment: 

Hi,
Was Vol. 17 with militia and and home guard units ever published?

I have some North Carolina ancestors whom I found references about having served in units like Clark's Special Battalion, 1st NC Local Defense Infantry Regiment, and Mallett's Battalion--would be interested in seeing those rosters if they have been released already.

Thanks for any answer about if that volume is out yet, or when it might be expected.

Comment: 

Hello,

Thank you for your comment! Is the series you are looking for a Volume 17 of entitled North Carolina Troops: A Roster, 1861-1865? If so, good news - there are 20 volumes in that series that are currently published, so yes, there is a Volume 17 in that publication. You can read about all 20 of the volumes here: https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/historical-publications/roster. It looks like Volume 17 of that series focuses on the Junior Reserves.

To locate that series at a library near you, you might want to try look at its record on WorldCat (www.worldcat.org), an international library catalog search: https://www.worldcat.org/title/north-carolina-troops-1861-1865-a-roster/... might also be able to obtain the series if it not near you through Interlibrary Loan if a library near you participates in that.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library

Comment: 

I need the list of soldiers who died in the civil war in North Carolina.

Comment: 

Hello, 

I'm sending you comment to our reference librarians who can assist you.

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library. 

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