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

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7/28/2022: Posted article about the three youngest soldiers to serve in the 51st North Carolina (click HERE to read).

Updated service records for John Brooks, William Ledbetter, Hillsman Lewis, McThomas Lewis, and William Norment.

7/18/2022: Uploaded two transcribed inspection reports to the Library. The inspections were done on Clingman’s Brigade in November 1864 and January 1865.

2/14/2022: Discovered several factual errors in The Honor of the State. Click HERE to see details about the errors.

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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.

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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.

We welcome contributions from anyone who wants to share information they have about the Civil War, any unit, any state.

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

Recommended Reading: A comprehensive work by Timothy E. Bradshaw, Jr. on the fight for Battery Wagner. If you have done any web searches for the 51st North Carolina, you have probably come across content created by Mr. Bradshaw.

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Trousers and socks worn by John J. Tew, Company K.

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