15th Infantry Regiment

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15th Infantry Regiment, formerly the 5th Volunteers, was organized at Garysburg, North Carolina, in June, 1861. Its members were recruited in the counties of Northampton, Union, Cleveland, Franklin, Harnett, Alamance, and Edgecombe. With about 800 officers and men, the unit was ordered to Yorktown, Virginia. In April, 1862, it had 532 effectives and during the war served under Generals H. Cobb and Cooke. It fought in the Seven Days' Battles, the Maryland Campaign, and at Fredericksburg. In January, 1863, the regiment moved toCharleston and Savannah, then returned to Virginia. After serving in the Richmond area during the Pennsylvania Campaign it was active in numerous conflicts from Bristoe to Cold Harbor. Later it saw action in the Petersburg trenches south of the James River and the Appomattox Courthouse Campaign. The unit reported 21 killed and 110 wounded at Malvern Hill; 11 killed, 48 wounded, and 124 missing of the 402 engaged at Crampton's Gap; and 3 killed, 52 wounded, and 8 missing of the 133 at Sharpsburg. It sustained 121 casualties at Fredericksburg , 101 at Bristoe, and 113 from May 1 to June 21, 1864. The records show 16 officers and 122 men were present on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Henry A. Dowd, William McRae, Robert M. McKinney, and William H. Yarborough; Lieutenant Colonels Gray W. Hammond and Ross R. Ihrie; and Majors William F. Green and Robert P. Jerome.

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