CONFEDERATE NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS
1st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (6 months, 1861)
1st Infantry Regiment, usually known as the Bethel Regiment, was organized at Raleigh,
North Carolina, in May, 1861, and immediately moved to Virginia. Its members were from the
counties of Edgecombe, Mecklenburg, Orange, Buncombe, Cumberland, Burke, Guilford, and
Lincoln. The unit fought at Big
Bethel with about 800 men, then served in the Army of the Peninsula near Yorktown. Two
companies from Bertie and Chowan Counties joined the regiment which increased its strength to
more than 1,200. On November 12, 1861, the unit disbanded and returned to North Carolina.
Many of the men transferred to the 11th North Carolina Regiment. The field officers were
Colonels Daniel H. Hill and Charles C. Lee, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph B. Starr, and Majors
Robert F. Hoke and James H. Lane.
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