The 28th North Carolina Infantry

A Civil War History and Roster

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About the Book

In April 1861, public opinion in North Carolina was divided between Union and secession supporters. It was only after President Lincoln issued his call to arms to subdue the rebel state of South Carolina that North Carolina seceded, primarily in protest of the order to fight her sister state. Beginning with a look at the prevailing atmosphere in North Carolina in the spring of 1861, this volume provides an in-depth history of one Confederate infantry regiment, the 28th North Carolina, comprised primarily of units from the central and southwestern parts of the state.
The book discusses the various battles in which the 28th North Carolina was involved—Hanover Court House, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chapin’s Farm and Appomattox. Special emphasis is placed on the thoughts and surviving accounts provided by the soldiers. Appendices contain (among other data) a chronology of the 28th North Carolina; a list of casualties among officers; a list of casualties in the 28th from 1862 through 1864; and the full text of letters from two members of the 28th, the Harding brothers.

About the Author(s)

The late Frances H. Casstevens wrote frequently about the American Civil War and North Carolina history. She was retired from Wake Forest University and lived in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Frances H. Casstevens
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 315
Bibliographic Info: 45 photos, maps, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 [2008]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7713-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0706-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
“28th Regiment, N.C.V.”      xi
Introduction      1
Glossary of Military Terms      3

1. Spring 1861: North Carolina Leaves the Union      5
2. The 28th Regiment, North Carolina Volunteer Infantry Is Formed      9
3. Life in the Confederate Army      20
4. January–May 1862: Wilmington to Hanover Court House      31
5. June 25–July 1, 1862: Seven Days’ Battles      44
6. August 9–September 14, 1862: Cedar Mountain, Manassas Junction, 2nd Manassas, Ox Hill      55
7. September–December 1862: Harpers Ferry, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg      63
8. May 1863: Chancellorsville, the South’s Greatest Victory      81
9. July 1–3, 1863: Gettysburg, a Devastating Defeat      92
10. October–December 1863: Bristoe Station to Mine Run      107
11. Spring 1864: Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Jericho Mills      114
12. June–July 1864: 2nd Cold Harbor, Jerusalem Plank Road, Gravel Hill      130
13. August–October 1864: Chapin’s Farm, Fussell’s Mill, Reams’ Station, Jones’ Farm, Pegram’s Farm      140
14. Winter 1864–Spring 1865: Petersburg to Appomattox      152
15. After Appomattox      167

Appendix I: Chronology of the 28th Regiment      179
Appendix II: Engagements in Which Greenberry Harding Participated      181
Appendix III: Field and Staff and Company Officers      183
Appendix IV: Height of the Soldiers in Company F, 28th Regiment      186
Appendix V: Casualties in Lane’s Brigade, May 5, 1864–October 1, 1864      188
Appendix VI: Casualties Among Officers of the 28th Regiment, May–October 1864      189
Appendix VII: Casualties in the 28th Regiment, 1862–1864      190
Appendix VIII: Officers and Men of the 28th Regiment Who Surrendered on April 9, 1865      191
Appendix IX: The Harding Family and Letters from the Battlefield      193
Appendix X: Roster of the Troops of the 28th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry      198

Notes      279
Bibliography      297
Index      301

Book Reviews & Awards

“compelling insight…meticulous research…provides a realistic view of army life”—NC Historical Review.