North Carolina 3rd Cavalry (Confederate)

    27 May 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Hanover Court House at Hanover County, Virginia.

    30 Jun 1862

    Participated in the Battle of White Oak Swamp at Henrico County, Virginia.

    01 Jul 1862

    Participated in the Battle of Malvern Hill at Henrico County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Malvern Hill
    The Battle of Malvern Hill

    On June 30th, the retreating Federal Army of the Potomac finally stopped at the James River at the end of seven days of fighting outside of Richmond. Read More

    03 Sep 1862

    North Carolina 3rd Cavalry organized at North Carolina.

    01 Jul 1863

    Participated in the Battle of Gettysburg at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg

    In the summer of 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee launched his second invasion of the Northern states. Lee sought to capitalize on recent Confederate victories and defeat the Union army on Northern soil, which he hoped would force the Lincoln administration to negotiate for peace. Lee also sought to take the war out of the ravaged Virginia farmland and gather supplies for his Army of Northern Virginia. Using the Shenandoah Valley as cover for his army, Lee was pursued first by Union Maj. Gen. Joseph Ho… Read More

    01 Feb 1864

    Participated in the Battle of New Bern (1864) at New Bern, North Carolina.

    The Battle of New Bern (1864)
    The Battle of New Bern (1864)

    Confederate troops tried to recaptur New Bern and failed. Read More

    28 May 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Haw's Shop at Hanover County, Virginia.

    21 Jun 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road at Petersburg, Virginia.

    14 Aug 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Second Deep Bottom at Henrico County, VIrginia.

    The Battle of Second Deep Bottom
    The Battle of Second Deep Bottom

    As he had done in late July during the Battle of the Crater, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant called upon Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock and his Second Corps to attack Gen. Robert E. Lee's forces around Richmond to exploit suspected weaknesses in Lee's lines. In early August, Grant had detached the Sixth Corps from the Union lines around Richmond and Petersburg and sent them to the Shenandoah Valley under Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan. Sheridan's new army there was to counter Gen. Jubal Early, then operating in the v… Read More

    25 Aug 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Second Ream's Station at Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

    The Battle of Second Ream's Station
    The Battle of Second Ream's Station

    As the Union siege of Petersburg began to take hold, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant looked for ways to sever the railroads supplying the city and Gen. Robert E. Lee's army. One of these critical routes was the Weldon Railroad, which led south to the Confederacy's only remaining major port at Wilmington, North Carolina. On August 24th, the Army of the Potomac Second Corps moved south along the railroad, tearing up track, and screened by Brig. Gen. David McMurtrie Gregg's cavalry division. To stop Hancock, Lee… Read More

    07 Oct 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads at Henrico County, Virginia.

    27 Oct 1864

    Participated in the Battle of Boydton Plank Road at Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

    31 Mar 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House at Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

    01 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Five Forks at Five Forks, Virginia.

    The Battle of Five Forks
    The Battle of Five Forks

    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… Read More

    02 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Third Petersburg at Dinwiddie County, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia.

    The Battle of Third Petersburg
    The Battle of Third Petersburg

    With the Confederate defeat at Five Forks on April 1st, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George Meade ordered a general assault against the Petersburg lines by the Second, Ninth, Sixth and Twenty-Fourth Corps to take place April 2nd. In the pre-dawn darkness, the Union infantry gained a successful breakthrough where Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright's advancing Sixth Corps met the Confederate lines held by Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill near the Boydton Plank Road. Hill was killed trying to reach his troops in t… Read More

    09 Apr 1865

    Participated in the Battle of Appomattox Court House at Appomattox Court House, VA.

    The Battle of Appomattox Court House
    The Battle of Appomattox Court House

    Between 26,000 and 28,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered and were paroled. Read More

    09 Apr 1865

    North Carolina 3rd Cavalry mustered out at North Carolina.