55th North Carolina Infantry Regiment: Statistics*
- Organized on May 1 1862
- Mustered out on Apr 9 1865
statistics for total numbers of men listed as:
- Enlisted or commissioned: 1258
- Drafted: 63
- Transferred in:
- Killed or died of wounds: 157
- Died of disease: 146
- Prisoner of war: 516
- Died while prisoner of war:
- Disabled: 46
- Missing: 13
- Deserted: 24
- Discharged: 73
- Transferred out: 36
* Information obtained through: Confederate Military History, Extended
Edition (19 Volumes); The Union Army (9 Volumes); Walter Clark, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions From North
Carolina in the Great War 1861-1865 (5 Volumes); North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: A Roster (15 Volumes); Official Records
of the Union and Confederate Armies.
Recommended Reading: 55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History And Roster. Description: Drawing on letters, memoirs, diaries and recollections, it depicts
the Civil War through the eyes of the soldiers, enhancing modern-day understanding of what it was like to fight for the Confederate
States of America. Continued below...
While providing information on the battles in which the 55th North Carolina
took part (including the little known Suffolk campaign), the main focus of the work is the everyday life of the men—the
ever-present influence of politics and religion as well as the effects of disease and combat. Appendices provide a breakdown
of the companies in the regiment; the regimental roster; a list of men who died of disease; and a record of the men from the
55th who were killed in battle. Contemporary photographs are also included.
NEW! Recommended Reading: Deliver
Us from This Cruel War: The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry.
Description: Joseph J. Hoyle enlisted in the Confederate Army in May 1862 as a private. By the time of his death in September
1864, he was serving as a lieutenant in the 55th Regiment North Carolina Troops. Continued below…
The personal letters
of this soldier, supplemented by the editor’s overview of the events and actions of the regiment, offer a view of the
common soldier as well as battlefield and camp culture. The letters also reveal, among other things, how this former schoolteacher
urged his fellow soldiers forward at Gettysburg
despite a sense that the cause was lost. About the Author: Jeffrey M. Girvan is a social studies professional development
specialist with Prince William County Schools in Virginia.