CONFEDERATE NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS
32nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (Lenoir Braves)
32nd Infantry Regiment was organized at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, in April, 1862,
using the 1st North Carolina Infantry Battalion as its nucleus. Its companies were raised in the
counties of Tyrrell, Nash, Camden, Northampton, Catawba, Bertie, Chatham, and Franklin. The
unit was stationed near Petersburg and Drewry's Bluff during the fall of 1862, then returned to
North Carolina. Here it served in and around Kinston until May, 1863, when it moved back to
Virginia. Assigned to General Daniel's and Grimes' Brigade it fought in various conflicts from Gettysburg to Cold Harbor, saw action in the
Shenandoah Valley with Early, and ended the war at Appomattox. This regiment lost
thirty-five percent of the 454 engaged at Gettysburg and sustained 3 casualties at Bristoe and 3 at
Mine Run. It surrendered
with 4 officers and 110 men on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Edmund C.
Brabble, David G. Cowand, and Henry C. Lewis, and Lieutenant Colonel William T. Williams.
1st Infantry Battalion was formed during the spring of 1861 with six companies. The unit
served at Portsmouth, in eastern North Carolina, then the Petersburg area before merging into the
32nd North Carolina Regiment. Its commanders were Lieutenant Colonel William T. Williams
and Major Edmund C. Brabble.
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