61st Infantry Regiment

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61st Infantry Regiment was organized at Wilmington, North Carolina, in August, 1862. Men of this unit were recruited in the counties of Sampson, New Hanover, Beaufort, Craven, Chatham, Lenoir, Wilson, Martin, Ashe, Alleghany, and Jones. Assigned to General Clingman's Brigade, it marched to the Kinston area and saw its first action. The unit was then sent to Charleston, served on James, Morris, and Sullivan's Islands, and took an active part in the fight at Battery Wagner. Later it was ordered to Virginia and here fought at Drewy's Bluff and Cold Harbor, then endured the hardships of the Petersburg siege south and north of the James River. Returning to North Carolina, the 61st was prominent in the Battle of Bentonville. While in the Charleston area, July 10 to September 6, 1863, the regiment lost 6 killed, 35 wounded, and 76 missing and in September totalled 331 men. Few surrendered with the Army of Tennessee in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels William S. Davane and James D. Radcliffe, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Mallett, and Major Henry Harding.

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