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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 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.


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

Additional resources:

North Carolina Civil War Roster: A cumulative index to North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865

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

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



I am looking for roster information on my g.g.grandfather, David M. Glenn (pvt). "He resided in Lincoln or Gastonia county, enlisted in Lincoln at the age of 17 on March 13, 1862. He was present and accounted for until wounded at Gettysburg on 7/1/1863. He was present and accounted for until wounded at the Wilderness, Virginia on May 4-5, 1864. Returned to duty in July, August, 1864. He was present and accounted for until captured at Southerland Station, Virginia, April 2, 1865, confined at Harts Island, New York Harbor until released on June 19, 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegience."


Dear Mr. Miller,

Thank you for sharing this with us. The information you provided in your comment matches nearly exactly what appears in volume 5, page 89,  of North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, a Roster. What additional roster information are you seeking?

Mike Millner, NC Government & Heritage Library


I am interested in a Pvt. William W. Mintz or Mints. Per his headstone he was Company A with the 1 NC artillery and his brother Edward W. Mintz not sure what he was- headstone says CSA only. William would be my great, great, great grandfather and I cannot find him on any rosters


Looking to prove in writing that my Great grandfatner, William Adam Jordan, from Cedar Grove, NC served In The Civil War as a private with Co. D., 56th Regiment, NC Infantry. He was a prisoner at Point Lookout, Md. during the last 10 months (approximately) of the war and was sent home to recouperate. The war ended during that time but his Regiment was at Appomattox at that time (62 men and 9 0fficers).


Dear Marvin,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and taking time to share your question. 

Here are two resources where William Adam Jordan from Orange County appears in connection with service in the Confederate army.

-- William Adam Jordan from Orange County is listed in Volume 3 of Wheeler’s Roster of North Carolina Troops.  You can find links to the digitized version of these in the NCpedia article your visited at:

Here is a link to the page showing his name:

--Here is also a link to the digitized version of the Widows’ Confederate Pension Application for William Adam Jordan (Orange County) – available at NC Digital Collections:

I hope this helps!

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan



My g'grandfather was William Henry Moore who was a chaphlain in the war. My grand mother said that his two brothers were killed in the war. the family bible has a notation "Alexander, born in Windsor N Carolina, April 14
1844...wounded near Richmond Va June 6th and died the 9th of June, 1864". My grand mother was told that he was shot by a yankee sharpshooter while filling canteens for his unit.
My research indicates that he was a private in 13th NC Infantry. I do not know where he was buried or any thing else.
I hope you can help or point me in the right direction.


hi my relative thomas Jefferson ferrell was listed as serving in Arkansas 21st and nc 47 at same time with conflicting pension applications. Help robert Jernigan


Fascinating! I sent you an email to connect you with the reference librarians at the State Library of NC's Government & Heritage Library. Please send them any additional information you have on this and they may be able to help, or direct you to other resources that may help.

Good luck in your research!


Michelle Underhill, Government & Heritage Library


Can you please advise if there exists any roster of the members of the 53rd North Carolina that specficially defended Fort Mahone at Petersburg, Va. April 1865?


Dear Angela,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and taking time to ask your question. 

I have sent an email to the address you provided with your comment to connect you with reference librarians at the Government & Heritage Library.  I have cc'd them in my message and someone will contact you shortly to assist you with locating information that might help answer this question.

You can also find the library's contact information as well as its resources and services listed on our website at

Good luck with your research!

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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