Three unidentified enlisted men in the 4th North Carolina Infantry.
The Fourth Regiment of North Carolina State Troops was organized at Camp Hill, near Garysburg, NC, in May 1861, and was mustered into service there in June. The men were mostly recruited from Iredell, Rowan, Wayne, Beaufort, Wilson, and Davie counties - mainly from central and western North Carolina. The regiment's first major battle was at Seven Pines, in which they took part in the attack on Casey's Redoubt, losing 369 men and officers out of 678 engaged, or 54%. In June 1862, the Fourth was placed in an all-North Carolina brigade under their former colonel and now brigadier general George B. Anderson, consisting of the 2nd, 4th, 14th, and 30th North Carolina Infantry Regiments. They would see action throughout most of the major battles in the Eastern Theater, among them Gaines' Mill and Malvern Hill, the Sunken Road at Antietam, May 1-3 at Chancellorsville, Oak Ridge at Gettysburg, the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania, the 1864 Valley Campaign, and the Siege of Petersburg. Only 8 officers and 101 men were present when surrendered at Appomattox.
Col. George B. Anderson
Lt. Col. John A. Young
Maj. Bryan Grimes
Company A - Iredell Blues, Iredell County, Capt. A. K. Simonton
Company B - Scotch Ireland Grays, Rowan County, Capt. James H. Wood
Company C - Saltillo Boys, Iredell County, Capt. John B. Andrews
Company D - Goldsboro Volunteers, Wayne County, Capt. J. B. Whittaker
Company E - Southern Guards, Beaufort County, Capt. David M. Carter
Company F - Wilson Light Infantry, Wilson County, Capt. Jesse S. Barnes
Company G - Davie Sweep Stakes, Davie County, Capt. William G. Kelley
Company H - Hunting Creek Guards or Iredell Independent Grays, Iredell County, Capt. Edwin Augustus Osborne
Company I - Pamlico Rifles, Beaufort County, Capt. W. T. Marsh
Company K - Rowan Rifle Guard or Rowan Rifles, Rowan County, Capt. F. Y. McNeely
George B. Anderson - Served as colonel until promoted to brigadier general on June 9, 1862. He was mortally wounded in the Sunken Road at Antietam.
Bryan Grimes - Promoted to colonel on June 19, 1862, Grimes led the regiment until promoted to brigadier general on May 19, 1864, taking command of Junius Daniel's NC Brigade. Later assuming command of a division, he was promoted to major general Feb. 15, 1865, the last man appointed to that rank in Lee's army.
James H. Wood - Originally captain of Company B, Wood rose through the ranks til promoted to colonel after Grimes' promotion. He was killed July 18, 1864, in the battle of Cool Spring during the 1864 Valley Campaign.
Edwin A. Osborne - Also rising through the ranks from captain of Company H, Osborne was promoted to colonel after Wood's death. Wounded several times throughout the war, his final wound - shot through the right hand at Spotsylvania, May 19, 1864 - was unable to heal properly and kept him from active service from then on.
The 4th North Carolina Infantry served in G.B. Anderson's/Ramseur's/Cox's North Carolina Brigade, D.H. Hill's/Rodes' Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia.
Anderson's/Ramseur's/Cox's North Carolina Brigade gained a reputation in the Army of Northern Virginia as one of the army's best. Well commanded and drilled, their actions particularly stood out at Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania. After their performance at Chancellorsville, Gen. Lee sent a letter to Gov. Zebulon Vance concerning Ramseur's Brigade, in which he stated that, "I consider its brigade and regimental commanders as among the best of their respective grades in the army...." In a well-known incident in the last days of the war, when the army was on its retreat from Petersburg, Gen. Lee noticed a small but very orderly-looking brigade marching past and asked a nearby aide just what brigade that was. The reply was "Cox's North Carolina Brigade." "God bless gallant old North Carolina." said Gen. Lee, removing his hat and bowing his head.
See Col. E. A. Osborne's history of the 4th North Carolina here:
And Brig. Gen. William R. Cox's history of the Anderson-Ramseur-Cox Brigade: https://archive.org/stream/01300611.3317.emory.edu/01300611_3317#page/n495/mode/2up