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Civil War Rosters

by Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. and Wiley J. Williams, 2006

<i>Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states</i>, by John W. Moore.  Published 1882 by Ashe & Gatling, Raleigh, N.C. Presented on A Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War between the States, by Confederate veteran John Wheeler Moore, was an undertaking by the state of North Carolina in 1881 to publish a list of its Confederate soldiers. The four volumes of Moore's Roster, as it came to be called, include the names of 106,498 soldiers-about 70 percent of the state's Confederate troops-and are arranged by military unit. The last volume, after identifying the regiments and separate battalions, lists general and staff officers or North Carolinians in the Confederate navy and elsewhere. For each individual recorded, the roster generally gives rank, date, and county of enlistment. Remarks about promotions, desertions, injuries, capture, and death in battle are sometimes noted.

The North Carolina Civil War Roster Project began in 1961 under the auspices of the North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission and in 1965 was transferred to the State Department of Archives and History, now the Division of Archives and History of the Department of Cultural Resources. Its purpose is to publish histories of all North Carolina units raised during the war, as well as rosters containing the names and service records of members. When completed, the series, entitled North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster, will comprise 17 individually indexed volumes, each providing histories and rosters of at least four regiments and service records of approximately 7,500 men. An eighteenth volume, a master index, will give the names of approximately 130,000 North Carolina military personnel listed in North Carolina Troops and the volumes and pages on which their service records appear.

Louis H. Manarin headed the Civil War Roster Project from 1961 until February 1970, when Weymouth T. Jordan Jr. took over the editorship. Rosters are arranged numerically by regiment and then alphabetically by company. A field and staff section precedes the company roster for each regiment. Within each company roster, officers and enlisted men, excluding captains, appear alphabetically in separate sections. Captains and field and staff personnel are listed by date of rank. Each name is followed by a service record of approximately 100 words that includes, if known, the soldier's county of birth and residence, his age and occupation at the time of enlistment, his promotion record, whether he was wounded, captured, or killed, and whether he deserted or died of disease.

The Civil War Roster Project had published 15 volumes by 2006. Volumes 1 and 2 cover artillery and cavalry units, respectively; volumes 3-15 contain rosters and histories of infantry units. Volume 16 will present additional Confederate infantry regiments, and volume 17 will contain rosters of miscellaneous Confederate units such as the junior and senior reserves, militia, Home Guard, navy, and marines. It will also include North Carolina Federal troops (four regiments of African American soldiers and four of whites) and many North Carolinians who served in units from other states.


C. F. W. Coker, North Carolina Civil War Records: An Introduction to Printed and Manuscript Sources (1977).

Additional resources:

North Carolina. General Assembly; Moore, John Wheeler. Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol 1. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 2. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 3. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. (accessed October 31, 2014).

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 4. Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882. (accessed October 31, 2014).

Image Credit:

Moore, John W. (John Wheeler). Roster of North Carolina troops in the War between the states Vol. 3. Raleigh, [N.C.]: Ashe & Gatling. 1882. (accessed October 31, 2014).



Many of my ancestors lived in western N.C. at the time of the war between the states. McDowell,Paxton,Toss,Bryson,Liner,Davis and others. Is there a way to learn of the soldiers from that part of the state? Thank you.


Hi Jeanne!

Thank you for your comment and for visiting NCpedia! I am forwarding your inquiry to our library's Reference Team who will be able to help you locate applicable resources for your research. A staff member from our library will be reaching out to you via e-mail soon.

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library


Was Vol. 17 with militia and and home guard units ever published?

I have some North Carolina ancestors whom I found references about having served in units like Clark's Special Battalion, 1st NC Local Defense Infantry Regiment, and Mallett's Battalion--would be interested in seeing those rosters if they have been released already.

Thanks for any answer about if that volume is out yet, or when it might be expected.



Thank you for your comment! Is the series you are looking for a Volume 17 of entitled North Carolina Troops: A Roster, 1861-1865? If so, good news - there are 20 volumes in that series that are currently published, so yes, there is a Volume 17 in that publication. You can read about all 20 of the volumes here: It looks like Volume 17 of that series focuses on the Junior Reserves.

To locate that series at a library near you, you might want to try look at its record on WorldCat (, an international library catalog search: might also be able to obtain the series if it not near you through Interlibrary Loan if a library near you participates in that.

I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library


I need the list of soldiers who died in the civil war in North Carolina.



I'm sending you comment to our reference librarians who can assist you.

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library. 


I am researching my ancestor James Henry Evander Long, This was written on the page of his grave site . . A "researcher" posted this:
Enlisted as a Private in Captain Griswold's Company, Local Defense in Goldsboro on September 15, 1862 and mustered in on October 3, 1862. He was present or accounted for until transferred to 2nd Company H, 40th North Carolina Troops (3rd North Carolina Artillery) on March 3, 1864. He was present or accounted for through December 1864. He was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1, 1865.
I have searched each volume 1-4, and have not found his name. Can you provide any info . thank you for your time.


Dear Tammy,

Thank you for your comment! Sounds like you are doing some research already and are hoping to verify some information. I am forwarding your request to our library's Reference Team so they can assist you. A staff member from our library should be in contact with you soon.

Taylor Thompson, Government & Heritage Library


Looking for any information about Pvt Haywood Marshall Craven he served in the 5th North Carolina Regiment under Stonewall Jackson. He was killed near the blood line on September 17th he was 24 years old . He never got to hold his new born daughter. So if there any information about him I would love to pass it down . Thanks



I have sent your email to our reference librarians and they should be able to assist you. 

Erin Bradford, Government and Heritage Library

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