4th North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War: A History and Roster

4th North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War: A History and Roster

by Neil Hunter Raiford


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In April 1862, the Civil War was entering its second year and North Carolina was rallying to supply more troops for the Confederacy. The Partisan Ranger Act, passed by the Confederate Congress on April 21, prompted local leaders to recruit companies of irregular soldiers for service in the Confederate Army. Seven such companies were banded together into a regiment to form the 4th North Carolina Cavalry: a true cross-section of North Carolina, it contained soldiers from the largest urban areas and smallest rural areas from fifteen counties.
This history of the 4th North Carolina Cavalry is based largely on primary source material—the official records, letters, diaries and recollections of the soldiers. The 4th North Carolina saw action in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, and was a part of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The roster comprises a large part of the book and provides biographical, genealogical and military information about each soldier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786429561
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/22/2006
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Neil Hunter Raiford has written multiple books on military history. He lives in Brownsboro, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Independent Companies of Partisan Rangers 5

First Taste of Fire: Skirmishes Along the Blackwater 13

The Battle of Whitehall 23

Movements in Eastern North Carolina 32

J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry: Brandy Station 38

Fights in the Loudoun Valley 45

Gettysburg 52

The North Carolina Cavalry Brigade 58

Defending Petersburg 66

Reams’ Station, the Cattle Raid, and Hatcher’s Run 75

To Appomattox: The Final Months of the War 83

The Roster of Troops 89

Appendix: Listing of Missing Troops 253

Notes 255

Bibliography 267

Index 275

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