43rd Infantry Regiment

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East Confederate Avenue, west of Rock Creek.  Gettysburg


Forty-Third North Carolina Regiment
Daniels Brigade         Rodes's  Divison
Ewell's Corps
Army of Northern Virginia
Thomas Stephen Kenan

William Gaston Lewis                                        Walter Jones Boggan
Lieutenant Colonel                                            Major

As they approached the field of battle on the morning of July 1, the 43d North
Carolina, along with the rest of Daniel's Brigade, heard the distant booming of 
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 the Union 
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. Shelling from
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 advancing under
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 canister shelling
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.

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