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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 Civil War Roster: A cumulative index to North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865http://cwroster.ncdcr.gov/

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

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Thank you so much for making this book available to us. So much history and our ancestors and so many make us pay for that information and people like me on a fixed income can't pay for all the information we seek. Thank you and God Bless.

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My GG Grand Dad is Archibald Musselwhite he served in the 31st NC company A as a private 9-06-1861 until transferred to the 51st.regiment N.C. company D where he served until the end of the war as far as I can find. I also hear that he was wounded in the left shoulder in COLD HARBOR VA. 6-1-1864, im looking for any records that may exist, and photos of him , his unit ect. Thank you,Mike Musselwhite Monroe ,North Carolina.

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Hello!
I have 3 grandfathers (2 great-great, and 1 great-great-great) who were all confederate soldiers. All 3 of them served together in the NC 37th Regiment Company C. They are Marcus C. Dellinger (Corporal), William A. Dewese (Private - alternate spelling is William A. Dewease), and John C. Black (Private). My grandfather is ill and the Civil War is his favorite topic. I would love to have some more information to share with him about his 3 ancestors. Please help me. Thank you so much!
Amanda Black Pittman

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I am looking for my great grandfather Jesse L. Wilborn (could be Welborn) who was born 5 October 1837 in North Carolina and apparently served in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

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Hello. I am looking for my great grandfather x 3 John Maxwell Moore, born in Charlotte, North Carolina sometime between 1820-1835. I think he may have been in the 23rd Regiment, Company C but I am not 100% sure on this. Any direction you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Dear Jenn,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and especially for sharing your history and question. I have forwarded this to refernce services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. A refernce librarian will contact you short.

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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Thank you!

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Do you have any record(s) of J. W. Wall or J. W. Walls of Yadkin County, NC : NC Troops, Reg E, or perhaps Reg D. Enlisted on Sep 20, 1863. Perhaps died in Dec of 1863 in Orange County, VA. (Sickness)?

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Dear Sam,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and especially for sharing your history and question. I have forwarded this to refernce services at the NC Government & Heritage Library. A refernce librarian will contact you short.

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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I am searching for burial information on my great great grandfather, Francis (Frank) Langston. He was a Private in Co H, 5th NC Regiment. Enlisted 30 May 1861, Gates County, died in Richmond,VA 23 May 1863. I think he may have died of disease. I was wondering if anyone has his place of burial. The family history says he is interred at Hollywood Cemetery, but I can find no records to support this.
Thank you.

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