56th North Carolina Infantry Regiment: Statistics*
- Organized on Jul 31 1862
- Mustered out on Apr 9 1865
statistics for total numbers of men listed as:
- Enlisted or commissioned: 1265
- Drafted: 59
- Transferred in:
- Killed or died of wounds: 137
- Died of disease: 168
- Prisoner of war: 660
- Died while prisoner of war:
- Disabled: 22
- Missing: 1
- Deserted: 134
- Discharged: 39
- Transferred out: 45
* 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: Across the Dark
River: The Odyssey of the 56th N.C. Infantry in the American Civil War.
56th was one of a few Confederate regiments that, in a three day and night battle, held Petersburg,
Virginia, against Grant's Army of the Potomac at bay until
Lee could rush the Army of Northern Virginia to its assistance. The regiment played an important part in all the battles in
the Richmond-Petersburg area until the end of the war. These included The Crater, Globe Tavern, Fort Stedman, Five Forks,
and Sayler's Creek (aka Sailor's and Saylor's Creek). Continued below...
And it was represented by a handful of men at Appomattox Court House. During
the last months of the war, the regiment was virtually annihilated in the final battles around Petersburg and Richmond. But in its final destruction, it found itself as a stalwart military unit -- as
well as giving unexpectedly a final, more lasting message to modern America.
And, as an added bonus, the book describes these events in realistic detail.