several ballotings, Captain Samuel D. Lowe
I noticed that the captains were very popular with the first lieutenants
Perhaps the recent laws of succession in office had some influence.
It makes us very proud to know that we are the first North Carolina Regiment to reorganize.
The regiment is very large, now numbering 1,250 men.
Considering that our original term of service would not have expired till the 21st of September, and being the first North Carolina Regiment to re-enlist and reorganize, we think very modestly
, that we are entitled to some favors.
We have no rifle companies.
We would be glad to have two, though we are not disposed to grumble, and will cheerfully do the best we can.
We are now realizing the privations and hardships of camp life.
We often think of our comfortable quarters and the kind-hearted people of Wilmington
Some of the fair ones of Wilmington
, I suspect, are remembered with more than ordinary
feelings of friendship.
‘We see nothing, hear nothing and know nothing here but to obey orders.
A man has to be very patriotic, on good terms with his fellow soldiers, and on prodigiously good terms with himself, to see much enjoyment here; but so long as our country needs our services, we will be contented in her service wherever it may be.’
This regiment, numbering 1,199 for duty, was ordered to Virginia
May 2, 1862.
It was armed with old smooth-bore muskets from the Fayetteville arsenal, badly altered from flint to percussion.
It soon threw them away and supplied itself with more serviceable and more modern weapons gathered on the bloody battlefield in that grand old State.
On reaching Virginia
it was ordered at once to Gordonsville
It remained there at Rapidan Station doing picket duty only for a short time.
With the rest of the brigade it was next ordered to join Jackson
in the Valley
; but on reaching the foot of the Blue Ridge
, it was ordered back to Hanover Courthouse.
On the 26th of May it was marched through mud and rain to ‘Slash Church.’
At that time the regiment had in it ‘many recruits just recovering from the diseases incident to the commencement of camp life.’
's Battery reported to General Branch
from North Carolina
the evening before the brigade left Hanover Courthouse ‘with only half enough men for the efficient service of the guns and with horses entirely untrained.’