50th Infantry Regiment










50th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in April, 1862, at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, North Carolina. Men of this unit were raised in the counties of Person, Robeson, Johnston, Wayne, Rutherford, Moore, and Harnett. Ordered to Virginia, it fought under General Daniel at Malvern Cliff, then returned to North Carolina. Here the 50th saw action at New Bern and Washington, transferred to J.G. Martin's Brigade, and for a time served at Wilmington. Later part of the regiment was stationed at Plymouth and part at Washington. In November, 1864, it moved south and shared in the defense of Savannah and skirmished along the Rivers' Bridge. Sent back to North Carolina it was placed in General Kirkland's Brigade. The unit contiued the fight at Averasboro and fought its last battle at Bentonville. It totalled about 900 effectives in November, 1864, mustered less than half that number in March, 1865, and surrendered a force of nearly 250 on April 26. The field officers were Colonels Marshall D. Craton, James A. Washington, and George Wortham; Lieutenant Colonel John C. Van Hook; and Major Henry J. Ryals.

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