3rd Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery

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Brief History

3rd Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery was organized near Raleigh, North Carolina, in February, 1862, contained three companies. Most of Batteries B and C were captured at Fort Fisher. Battery A participated in the Battle of Bentonville. It surrender on April 26, 1865.[1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 651 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Company A - "Northampton Artillery" - mostly from Northampton County - See the roster in North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster, page 337-346.

Company B - "Edenton Bell Battery" - mostly from Chowan County - See the roster in North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster, page 346-358.

Company C - "North Carolina Artillery" - mostly from Hertford County - See the roster in North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster, page 358-371. 

Company D - It is not possible to reconstruct a roster of Company D. Company D disbanded and the men transferred to Company A, then transferred to Company C.

Company E - Mostly from Bertie County - All surving company muster rolls appear under designation of Company G, 32 Refiment North Carolina Troops.

The list of companies and their rosters are in Manarin and Jordan, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster.[2]

Other Sources

  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘North Carolina in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • North Carolina in the Civil War describes many sources, specifically for North Carolina, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.

References

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
  2. Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth T. Jordan. North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster. Vol 1. Raleigh, N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966. FHL book975.6 M2nc Vol. 1