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56th Regiment North Carolina Infantry
Country  Confederate States of America
Allegiance  North Carolina
Branch  Confederate States Army
Type Infantry
Engagements American Civil War

The 56th Regiment North Carolina Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.[1]

Overview[]

The North Carolina 56th Infantry Regiment was instituted in July, 1862, at Camp Magnum, North Carolina. The infantry recruitment included counties like, North Carolina, Cumberland, Pasquotank, Northampton, Orange, Cleveland, Alexander, Rutherford, and Mecklenburg. The regiment was assigned to carry out reconnaissance between Goldsboro, Wilmington, and Tarboro. Later, the unit was stationed at Blackwater. The unit in collaboration with M.W. Ransom's Brigade was involved in battle at several places like Gum Swamp Creek, Plymouth, Drewry's Bluff, Petersburg and Appomattox.[2] The regiment lost 149 recruits who were taken as prisoners at the battle of Gum Swamp, suffered 4 fatalities and 84 wounded at Plymouth. Loss of lives at Ware Bottom Church numbered 90. The skirmish at Sayler's Creek resulted in many crippled men. Nine officers and 62 infantry reportedly surrenderd with the Army of Northern Virginia. The field commandant for the unit was Colonel Paul F. Faison. Lieutenant Colonel G. Gratiott Luke, and Majors John W. Graham were supporting officers.[2]

Commanders[]

  • Col. Faison

References[]

  1. The southern soldier boy : a thousand shots for the Confederacy (1907). Available online at: https://archive.org/details/southernsoldierb00ellio
  2. 2.0 2.1 "CONFEDERATE NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS". nps.gov. http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-regiments-detail.htm?regiment_id=CNC0056RI. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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