Edited by Matthew M. Brown and Michael W. Coffey
The Senior Reserves were men between the ages of 45 and 50, who were called into service in 1864, as the Confederacy was feeling the effects of the Union’s larger numbers. North Carolina raised five regiments, four battalions, and two independent companies of Senior Reserves, from all parts of the state except those under Union occupation. At various times, Senior Reserves guarded bridges and depots, rounded up deserters, and guarded prisoners at Salisbury and elsewhere. Some saw action in South Carolina with General Hardee as he attempted to hold off the Federal advance to North Carolina, some aided in the defense of Fort Fisher, and some fought at Bentonville, the last major battle of the war. In the fall of 1864, the Confederate government decided that it could no longer afford to have white men working “on detail” in non-combat operations, and ordered them to be organized into military units. Eventually, three regiments, two battalions, and an independent company were organized from the detailed men in North Carolina.
An authoritative 114-page history of the Senior Reserves begins the volume. The history is followed by a complete roster and service records of the officers and men that served in the Senior Reserves. The service records include important information such as full name, rank, county of birth and residence, occupation, place and date of enlistment, age, whether the individual was wounded, captured, hospitalized, paroled, transferred, or promoted and whether or not he died during the war or survived. A 19-page history of the Detailed Men is followed by a complete roster and service records of the officers and men that served in those units. A detailed index completes the volume.
Hardbound. Pp. xvi, 499. Illus. Index. (2011)