28th Infantry Regiment was organized and mustered into Confederate service in
September, 1861, at High Point, North Carolina. Its members were from the counties of Surry,
Gaston, Catawba, Stanley, Montgomery, Yadkin, Orange, and Cleveland. The unit moved to
New Bern and arrived just as the troops were withdrawing from that fight. Ordered to Virginia in
May, 1862, it was assigned to General Branch's and Lane's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia.
It fought at Hanover Court
House and many conflicts of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. The 28th was then
involved in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox operations. It came to
Virginia with 1,199 men, lost thirty-three percent of the 480 engaged during the Seven Days'
Battles, and had 3 killed and 26 wounded at Cedar Mountain and 5 killed and 45
wounded at Second
Manassas. The regiment reported 65 casualties at Fredericksburg and 89 at Chancellorsville. Of the 346 in action
at Gettysburg, more than
forty percent were killed, wounded, or missing. It surrendered 17 officers and 213 men. Its
commanders were Colonels James H. Lane, Samuel D. Lowe, and William H.A. Speer;
Lieutenant Colonels William D. Barringer and Thomas L. Lowe; and Majors William J.
Montgomery, Richard E. Reeves, and S.N. Stowe.