A Confederate soldier standing barefoot, in tattered trousers, coatless and hatless, with an Enfield rifle on his shoulder, and his cartridge box full, was as brave a man as ever met any enemy on any field of battle in any country, or in any age.”

-Captain B. F. Dixon, 49th Regiment NCT

I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina, and to the Constitutional powers and authorities which are, or may be established for the government thereof, and maintain and defend the Constitution of the said State; and I do further swear that I will obey the orders of the Governor of the said State, and the orders of the officers that are, or may be set over me according to the rules and discipline of war. So help me God.

-Oath of Allegiance signed by new recruits

Last updated on 9/30/2023. No new Post this week. Uploaded the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Guards muster rolls to the Download Library. That completes the processing of all my NC Archives materials.

Click HERE to visit an older website about the 51st Regiment North Carolina Troops.


This site contains all you ever wanted to know about the 51st Regiment North Carolina Troops. Here, you will find the history of the unit, a full roster of the Fifty-First’s soldiers, descriptions of the battles the regiment fought, and tidbits about the men who served with the 51st Regiment. Much of the information contained on this site is extracted from The Honor of the State, a book about the 51st North Carolina.

Available on Amazon: paperback: $14.95; Kindle eBook: $4.00

But this site isn’t solely about the 51st North Carolina. It provides information about how North Carolina organized and managed its military units during the Civil War, hardships experienced by Tar Heel civilians on the home front, descriptions of other regiments, both Confederate and Union, that fought alongside or against the Fifty-First, and profiles of prominent people of the time. The blog contains a wide variety of articles about various Civil War topics.

New content should be added weekly. Keep checking back once a month to see what’s new. Click HERE to be notified when new content is added.

Trousers and socks worn by John J. Tew, Company K. On display at the Texas Civil War Museum in Ft. Worth.

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