43rd Infantry Regiment
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East Confederate Avenue, west of Rock Creek. Gettysburg
Forty-Third North Carolina Regiment
Daniels Brigade Rodes's
Army of Northern Virginia
Thomas Stephen Kenan
William Gaston Lewis
Walter Jones Boggan
As they approached the field of battle on the morning of July 1, the 43d
Carolina, along with the rest of Daniel's Brigade, heard the distant
cannon. Early in the afternoon the Regiment moved to the right and
onto open ground
where they were met by a furious fire. Their steady progress was
checked by the
deep railroad cut, but subsequent assaults were successful in breaking
line. Having suffered heavily, the Regiment rested for the night
West of town. The
next morning the 43d supported a battery just north of the Semminary.
guns on the nearby heights inflicted some losses. Toward evening
the Regiment took
up a position on the southern edge of town.
Before daybreak on July 3, the 43d moved to the
extreme left of the Confederate
to take part in an assault on Culp's Hill. Passing this point and
heavy fire, they occupied earthworks abandoned by Union troops.
Attempting to push
beyond the works, the Regiment was exposed to a most severe fire of
and shell at short range. During the attack Col. Kenan was wounded
and taken from
the field and command passed to Lt. Col. Lewis. The Regiment retired to
this point and
remained exposed and under fire until ordered to recross Rock Creek in
the early evening.
"All that men could do, was done nobly"
Erected by the State of North Carolina
43rd Infantry Regiment was assembled at Camp
Mangum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in March, 1862. Its members
were from counties in Mecklenburg, Wilson, Halifax, Edgecombe,
Warren, and Anson. During the war the 43rd was assigned to General
Daniel's, Hoke's, and Grimes' Brigade. It fought in the Seven
Days' Battles and saw action at Goldsboro, Gettysburg, Plymouth,
Drewry's Bluff, and Cold Harbor. The regiment was then involved
in Early's Shenandoah Valley operations and the Appomattox Campaign.
It was organized with 1,066 officers and men, lost twenty-six
percent of the 572 engaged at Gettysburg, and had 4 killed and
13 wounded at Plymouth. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered 9 officers
and 164 men. The field officers were Colonel Thomas S. Kenan,
Lieutenant Colonel William G. Lewis, and Major Walter J. Boggan.