The 55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History and Roster

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This comprehensive history tells the story of the men who served in the 55th North Carolina from its formation in 1862 through its dissolution in 1865. Drawing on letters, memoirs, diaries and recollections, it depicts the Civil War through the eyes of the soldiers, showing what it was like to fight for the Confederacy. While providing information on the battles in which the 55th North Carolina took part (including the little known Suffolk campaign), the main focus of the work is the life of the men--the ...

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Overview

This comprehensive history tells the story of the men who served in the 55th North Carolina from its formation in 1862 through its dissolution in 1865. Drawing on letters, memoirs, diaries and recollections, it depicts the Civil War through the eyes of the soldiers, showing what it was like to fight for the Confederacy. While providing information on the battles in which the 55th North Carolina took part (including the little known Suffolk campaign), the main focus of the work is the life of the men--the ever-present influence of politics and religion as well as the effects of disease and combat. Appendices provide a breakdown of the companies in the regiment; the regimental roster; a list of men who died of disease; and a record of the men from the 55th who were killed in battle. Contemporary photographs are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786475032
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Pages: 207
  • Sales rank: 1,059,813
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey M. Girvan is the current Supervisor of History and Social Science for Prince William County Schools in Virginia. He has been an adjunct instructor at George Mason University.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    If you have an ancestor who served in the 55th NC Infantry, this book is a Godsend.

    In preparation for my first trip to Gettysburg I sought information about my great great grandfather's service there and elsewhere during the War for Southern Independence. Family lore held that James McDonald Horton was wounded twice and was captured at Gettysburg. The 55th NC Infantry Regiment in which he served is little known or honored in North Carolina, in part because the regiment was assigned to Davis' Brigade made up primarily of Mississippi regiments. Imagine my surprise and delight to learn of Dr. Girvan's detailed history of the unit, including its roster. My trip, under the able leadership of Dr. David Long of the East Carolina University History Department, was greatly enhanced with knowledge gleaned from this work. In fact, I was able to trace McDonald Horton's footsteps and to provide a number of newfound friends whose ancestor served in the same company with mine, with information about where our families fought together at the Railroad Cut on the first day, and at the wall on Cemetery Ridge at the climax of the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge on the afternoon of July 3, 1863. In fact my newfound friends purchased this book while in Gettysburg. My only complaint about the book is that it has almost no material from Company E, the Pitt County company my ancester served in. Perhaps there were no letters or other documents available from Company E soldiers. It is also possible that Dr. Girvan had ready access to the materials from other companies from other counties. That is a small matter though, and my heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. Girvan for the excellent work he has performed in bringing the Civil War to life for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2006

    Solid Study of a Civil War Regiment and its place in the War.

    My son recently purchased this book for me and I am very glad he did. I couldn't put it down once I started. The author's use of first hand accounts really makes this study great. I gained a better understanding of what is was like to fight for Lee during the Civil War. Another good aspect of this book is that it provides a great overview of the war in the Eastern Theatre between the years 1862 to Appomattox. You will not regret adding this to your library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    A fine history of one of Lee's regiments from the point of view of the soldiers.

    I have read Pullen's book on the 20th Maine, and some other regimental histories and this one ranks up there with the best of them. A well written history that makes great use of primary sources. (allowing the soldiers to tell the story)The way in which Mr. Girvan ties the history of the 55th to that of the Army of Northern Virginia helps the reader gain a better understanding of the war and keep a wider perspective as well as allow for the personal side from the troops. The battles are described well and the life of the common soldier is excellently portrayed. The footnotes are very informative and full of insightful bits of information, like the fact that the first colonel of the 55th, John K Connally lead a battalion of junior reserves at Fort Fisher, NC, after being severely wounded at Gettysburg. Gettysburg by the way is a battle that had a disastrous effect on the 55th's officer corps, which this book elaborates on and explains how combat losses really effect the overall effectiveness of a regiment or company. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War. A great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History and Roster

    Very readable and well researched. A must for Civil War buffs, and those interested in the Army of Northern Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    A Must Read For Anyone Interested In The 55th N.C.

    This is a well written account of the 55th N.C.It is easy to read and understand.A very informative book about the 55th and the life and hardships of the confederate soldier.You cannot put it down until you have read it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History and Roster

    This is an excellent study of what it was like to fight for the South in the Civil War. I have read dozens of regimetnal histories and this one ranks among the best. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Civil War, Lee's army, North Carolina units, or just for a fascinating view of the war.

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