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

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

by Jeffrey M. Girvan


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786475032
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/25/2013
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 885,953
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1. May–October 1862: Activities in North Carolina 5

2. October 1862–April 1863: For the Honor of the Regiment 17

3. June–July 1863: Forgotten Courage—the Regiment at Gettysburg 39

4. August 1863–March 1864: Politics, Winter, and God 6

5. April–June 1864: Preparing for the Death Angel 91

6. July 1864–April 1865: Fading into Legend 120

Epilogue 142

Appendix A. The 10 Companies of the Regiment 145

Appendix B. Regimental Roster 146

Appendix C. Officers and Enlisted Men Who Died from Disease While Serving with the Regiment 160

Appendix D. Officers and Enlisted Men Who were Killed in Action or Reported Missing in Action While Serving with the Regiment 164

Chapter Notes 169

Bibliography 183

Index 189

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