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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).



I am looking for a soldier in the 38th North Carolina Infantry. America Turner Private Company G?


Hi Brandon,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia. Americus Turner appears on page 71 or Volume 3 in John Wheeler Moore's Roster of North Carolina troops in the war between the states Vol. 3. (Raleigh: Ash & Gatling. 1882) I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Elizabeth Hayden



I have a abstract title dating back to 1861 with Abraham Lincoln being active president giving 40 acres of land to a John k.williams at pecks villa in fort scott Kansas .from the homestead act that he passed that same year.theres about twenty other different people's names that this land passes through over a number of years.i was hoping someone could tell me more info about this abstract title it's authentic and in very good condition.thank you


Thank you for reaching out. We are unable to do that. I suggest you contact the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Here is a link to their website:


I am looking for soldier Michael Pearson from Burke Co. NC . His nickname was " Warrior Mike". He went into the CSA, and I don't know his regiment. Any info would be greatly appreciated!


Dear Jacqueline,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia. I am forwarding your request to our reference team.

Francesca Evans, Government & Heritage Library


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Thanks for pointing this out. The problem is that it depends on silverlight, whhich is not supported by most browsers. It used to be that IE was the only browser left that supported it, but when I just tried it, nothing worked. 

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I am trying to find a pic. Or any info. On my G. G.
Uncle Private Oliver P. McPherson who got killed in Lynchburg Va. June 18th 1864. He was part of NC 6th infantry. His body was shipped back by train and buried at his home church, Rock Creek Methodist Church in Snow Camp. NC. Thank you. Lois


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