North Carolina 56th Infantry, Company I (Confederate)
01 May 1861
North Carolina 56th Infantry, Company I organized at North Carolina.
20 May 1864
Participated in the Battle of Ware Bottom Church at Chesterfield County, Virginia.
After severe fighting at Drewry's Bluff on the James River blunted a Union offensive against Richmond, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler's Army of the James withdrew to the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. On May 20th, eight Confederate brigades under Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard attacked Butler's advance picket lines near Ware Bottom Church. Nearly 10,000 soldiers from both sides clashed in the vicinity of the structure. At the end of the severe fight, over 1,400 men were left either dead or wounded. After the battle, t…
18 Aug 1864
Participated in the Battle of Globe Tavern at Petersburg, Virginia.
01 Apr 1865
Participated in the Battle of Five Forks at Five Forks, Virginia.
The Union victory along the White Oak Road on March 31st threatened to destabilize the entire Confederate line west of Petersburg. General Robert E. Lee ordered Maj. Gen. George Pickett with his infantry division and the cavalry divisions of Col. Thomas Munford, Maj. Gen. W.H.F. Lee, and Maj. Gen Thomas Rosser to hold the vital crossroads of Five Forks, along the White Oak Road five miles west of the previous fighting there. Pickett's defensive line was not well constructed, and much of his cavalry force w…