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

Free copies of The Honor of the State for libraries. Click HERE for details.

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


11/15/2022: HOLIDAY SALE! I am offering a $6.00 discount on The Honor of the State through the end of the year. Regular price is $17.95. Now on sale for $11.95 on Amazon.

11/12/2022: I recently got access to transcripts of letters written by two of the Fifty-First’s soldiers: John J. Wilson and Anchram H. Evans. The first set of transcripts contain 23 letters that Wilson wrote to his mother, Amanda. The second set contains a whopping 93 letters written back and forth by Anchram Evans and his wife, Elizabeth. I am currently extracting information from these documents and will post updates on this site. Stay tuned.

Updated service records with information gleaned from the Wilson letters: James Brown, Chestnutt Ezzell, Isaac Herring, Thomas Herring, David Smith, Michael Sutton, and John Wilson.

Added tribute of respect on Tributes page for John J. Wilson; added obituary for William Robinson.

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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.

Available on Amazon: paperback: $17.95 $11.95; 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.

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 monthly. 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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