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 materialthe 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.
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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
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