18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

(Hill's Third Corps, Heth's Division, Lane's Brigade)

Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park



In July of 1861 the 18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, formerly the 8th Volunteers, was organized at Camp Wyatt, near Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Its soldiers were drawn from Wilmington and the counties of Robeson, New Hanover, Bladen, Columbus, and Richmond.

The 18th Regiment moved to South Carolina, returned to North Carolina, and in the spring of 1862 proceeded to Virginia to serve in Branch's and Lane's Brigades of the Army of Northern Virginia. After fighting at Hanover Court House, the regiment participated in the Seven Days' Battles; Cedar Mountain; Second Manassas; Sharpsburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Bristoe Station; Mine Run; Wilderness; Spotsylvania; Cold Harbor; and Petersburg. It was present at the end of the war at Appomattox.

The 18th North Carolina Regiment was organized with 1,100 men, lost fifty-seven percent of the 396 engaged during the Seven Days' Battles, and reported 14 casualties at Cedar Mountain and 12 at Second Manassas. There were 13 killed and 77 wounded at Fredericksburg and 30 killed and 96 wounded at Chancellorsville. Of the 346 in action at Gettysburg, about twenty-five percent were disabled. It surrendered 12 officers and 81 men.

The field officers were Colonels John D. Barry, Robert H. Cowan, Thomas J. Purdie, and James D. Radcliffe; Lieutenant Colonels Forney George, John W. McGill, and Oliver P. Meares; and Majors George Tait and Thomas J. Wooten.



A Widow's Claim For Pension


Captain V.V. Richardson


Soldier's Notes


18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment

Descendants Roll Call


If you are a descendant or family member of a soldier of the 18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment who served honorably at any time during the war and would like to be listed on the Descendants Roll Call, please send an e-mail by clicking the mail icon below. Type "18th NC" in the subject line and provide other details in the message. Please find your ancestor or family member in the National Park Service Database (link shown below) and include such details as "company" and "rank out" in your message. This will greatly speed-up the posting of those soldiers who you wish to honor. Thank you.


Not For Fame Or Reward
Not For Place Or For Rank
Not Lured By Ambition
Or Goaded By Necessity
But In Simple
Obedience To Duty
As They Understood It
These Men Suffered All - Sacrificed All
Dared all - And Died

Inscription written by Dr. Randolph Harrison McKim and carved

on the north side of the Confederate Memorial (sculpted by Moses Ezekiel)

at Arlington National Cemetery


Important Links

North Carolina

Sons of Confederate Veterans

18th North Carolina



Pamplin Historical Park & National

Museum of the Civil War Soldier



Also For Glory by

Don Ernsberger


Two Brothers: One North, One South

by David H. Jones

The Final Battles of the Petersburg

Campaign by A. Wilson Greene


Ordering Service & Pension Records

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The Remembrance Wall

The National Museum Of The Civil War Soldier

At Pamplin Historical Park ...

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