56th North Carolina Infantry Regiment: Battles and Casualties

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56th North Carolina Infantry Regiment: Battles and Casualties*

 Location  Date  Killed Wounded POW Missing Losses
Bermuda Hundred, VA  Jun 2 1864  1 8 0 0 9
Bermuda Hundred, VA  May 19 1864  0 2 1 0 3
Cold Harbor, VA  Jun 8 1864  0 0 1 0 1
Drewry's Bluff, VA  May 12 1864  4 42 12 0 58
Five Forks, VA  Apr 1 1865  0 2 162 0 164
Fort Stedman, VA  Mar 25 1865  6 25 199 0 230
Globe Tavern, VA  Aug 21 1864  12 33 22 0 67
Gum Swamp, NC  May 22 1863  0 10 147 0 157
Petersburg, VA  Mar 5 1865  0 4 0 0 4
Petersburg, VA  Jun 21 1864  1 3 0 0 4
Petersburg, VA  Jun 15 1864  6 73 13 0 92
Petersburg, VA  Jul 30 1864  3 10 0 0 13
Petersburg, VA  Apr 2 1865  0 0 13 0 13
Plymouth, NC  Apr 17 1864  6 82 0 0 88
Sayler's Creek, VA  Apr 6 1865  0 0 10 0 10
South Side Railroad, VA  Apr 2 1865  0 0 1 0 1
Sutherland's Station, VA  Apr 2 1865  0 0 2 0 2
Ware Bottom Church, VA  May 20 1864  11 55 8 0 74

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* Battles listed in alphabetical order, only battles with losses recorded, and information obtained through: Confederate Military History, Extended Edition (19 Volumes); The Union Army (9 Volumes); Walter Clark, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions From North Carolina in the Great War 1861-1865 (5 Volumes); North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster (15 Volumes); Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.


Recommended Reading: Across the Dark River: The Odyssey of the 56th N.C. Infantry in the American Civil War. Description: The 56th was one of a few Confederate regiments that, in a three day and night battle, held Petersburg, Virginia, against Grant's Army of the Potomac at bay until Lee could rush the Army of Northern Virginia to its assistance. The regiment played an important part in all the battles in the Richmond-Petersburg area until the end of the war. These included The Crater, Globe Tavern, Fort Stedman, Five Forks, and Sayler's Creek (aka Sailor's and Saylor's Creek). Continued below...

And it was represented by a handful of men at Appomattox Court House. During the last months of the war, the regiment was virtually annihilated in the final battles around Petersburg and Richmond. But in its final destruction, it found itself as a stalwart military unit -- as well as giving unexpectedly a final, more lasting message to modern America. And, as an added bonus, the book describes these events in realistic detail.


Recommended Reading: The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy (444 pages) (Louisiana State University Press) (Updated edition: November 2007) Description: The Life of Johnny Reb does not merely describe the battles and skirmishes fought by the Confederate foot soldier. Rather, it provides an intimate history of a soldier's daily life--the songs he sang, the foods he ate, the hopes and fears he experienced, the reasons he fought. Wiley examined countless letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official records to construct this frequently poignant, sometimes humorous account of the life of Johnny Reb. In a new foreword for this updated edition, Civil War expert James I. Robertson, Jr., explores the exemplary career of Bell Irvin Wiley, who championed the common folk, whom he saw as ensnared in the great conflict of the 1860s. Continued below...

About Johnny Reb: 

"A Civil War classic."--Florida Historical Quarterly 

"This book deserves to be on the shelf of every Civil War modeler and enthusiast."--Model Retailer 

"[Wiley] has painted with skill a picture of the life of the Confederate private. . . . It is a picture that is not only by far the most complete we have ever had but perhaps the best of its kind we ever shall have."--Saturday Review of Literature

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