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I originally made this for the General Lane bio i made earlier today. Thought I'd post this here as a separate thing as well. Link to the bio here: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/james-henry-little-jim-lane.155734/

Formed in 1862, initially to oppose Federal forces invading along the North Carolina coast, it initially consisted of the 7th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 33rd, 35th, and 37th North Carolina Infantry (1). On the 14th March, 1862, the quite green brigade was routed at the Battle of New Bern (1a). Between this disaster and it's transfer to Northern Virginia, the 26th, 27th, and 35th Regiments were transferred out to other commands, and the 18th Regiment joined to replace them.
They would join A. P. Hill's over-sized "Light" Division, and would distinguish themselves in the Seven Days campaign. They then took part in the Second Battle of Manassas, where the men helped hold the railroad cut. They were part of Hill's relief force at Antietam. It was soon after they arrived on the field, General Branch, their commander, was killed by a federal sharpshooter. Replacing Branch was Colonel James Henry Lane of the 28th North Carolina.
The brigade took part in Fredericksburg, and more notably at Chancellorsville. It was here the brigade's reputation would be tainted, for it was the men of the 18th North Carolina, then under Colonel Thomas J. Purdie or Major John D. Barry, who accidently opened fire on General Stonewall Jackson, inflicting his mortal wound.
The brigade then took part in the Gettysburg Campaign. When General Pender was killed on day 2, Lane became the temporary commander of the Light Division (before being replaced by Isaac Trimble). The brigade took part in Pickett's Charge on the third day. Lane became the acting Division commander again after Trimble was wounded and captured (2). By the end of the battle, the brigade suffered 705 casaulties out of 1735 men*, a ratio of 41% (3).
After the Gettysburg Campaign, the division was given to Cadmus Wilcox. Lane reverted back to to his brigade and fought with them from then until he was wounded at Cold Harbor. Col. John D. Barry, temporarily assigned a brigadier, led the brigade until he too was wounded in an action around Petersburg on the 27th July (9). Lane would return to command the brigade until they surrendered at Appomattox, with a strength of around 559 officers and men. The 7th North Carolina was at this time on detached service with General Hoke in the Carolinas; they would surrender here with about 152 men.

For the most part of it's history, the brigade would consist of the following 5 Regiments:
-7th North Carolina (In 1865, went with Robert Hoke's division to the Carolinas)
-18th North Carolina, the one responsible for shooting Jackson at Chancellorsville. Notable members include:
--John D. Barry: Major of the Regiment at the Chancellorsville incident; in 1864 was Colonel of the regiment and breifly given brigade command with temporary generalship after Lane was incapacitated after Cold Harbor; was himself wounded on 27th July, losing 2 fingers on his right hand; was relieved by Lane; died 2 years after the war, aged only 27, many saying he died of a broken heart for being in part responsible for the death of Jackson.
-28th North Carolina, Lane's regiment
-33rd North Carolina, Branch's regiment. Notable members include:
--BG Lawrence Branch (First Colonel of the regiment)
--Later MG Robert Hoke (was Lt. Colonel of the regiment)
--Later BG William G. Lewis (Major of the regiment)
-37th North Carolina
At Gettysburg, the unit strengths (% losses in parenthesis) were as such:
-7th NC: 291 (31%) (4)
-18th NC: 346 (25%) (5)
-28th NC: 346 (40%) (6)
-33rd NC: 480 (42%) (7)
-37th NC: 379 (>30%) (8)
*Total: 1842

When the Brigade surrendered, the strength by unit were:

-**7th NC: 171 (14 officers; 157 men) (4)
-18th NC: 93 (12 o; 81 m) (5)
-28th NC: 230 (17 o; 213 m) (6)
-33rd NC: 109 (11 o; 108 m) (7)
-37th NC: 108 (10 o; 98 m) (8)
Total: 711 (64 o; 647 m)

*Minor discrepancy in Numbers: According to Source 3, the brigade strength was 1735 men; But adding together the 5 Regiment's individual strengths from sources 4-8 totals to 1842.
**Most of 7th North Carolina was assigned to Hoke's Division, which was with Joe Johnston's Army of the South in the Carolinas at the time of Appomattox. They surrendered with them with 13 officers and 139 men. A small detachment of 1 officer and 18 men remained with Lane's brigade.

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3.) http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/battle-of-gettysburg-facts/strength-casualties-csa/
4.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/7nc_inf/7th_inf_regt.html
5.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/18nc_inf/18th_inf_rgt.html
6.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/28nc_inf/28th_inf_rgt.html
7.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/33rd_inf_rgt/33rd_inf_rgt.html
8.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/37nc_inf/37th_inf_rgt.html
9.)
 

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I originally made this for the General Lane bio i made earlier today. Thought I'd post this here as a separate thing as well. Link to the bio here: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/james-henry-little-jim-lane.155734/

Formed in 1862, initially to oppose Federal forces invading along the North Carolina coast, it initially consisted of the 7th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 33rd, 35th, and 37th North Carolina Infantry (1). On the 14th March, 1862, the quite green brigade was routed at the Battle of New Bern (1a). Between this disaster and it's transfer to Northern Virginia, the 26th, 27th, and 35th Regiments were transferred out to other commands, and the 18th Regiment joined to replace them.
They would join A. P. Hill's over-sized "Light" Division, and would distinguish themselves in the Seven Days campaign. They then took part in the Second Battle of Manassas, where the men helped hold the railroad cut. They were part of Hill's relief force at Antietam. It was soon after they arrived on the field, General Branch, their commander, was killed by a federal sharpshooter. Replacing Branch was Colonel James Henry Lane of the 28th North Carolina.
The brigade took part in Fredericksburg, and more notably at Chancellorsville. It was here the brigade's reputation would be tainted, for it was the men of the 18th North Carolina, then under Colonel Thomas J. Purdie or Major John D. Barry, who accidently opened fire on General Stonewall Jackson, inflicting his mortal wound.
The brigade then took part in the Gettysburg Campaign. When General Pender was killed on day 2, Lane became the temporary commander of the Light Division (before being replaced by Isaac Trimble). The brigade took part in Pickett's Charge on the third day. Lane became the acting Division commander again after Trimble was wounded and captured (2). By the end of the battle, the brigade suffered 705 casaulties out of 1735 men*, a ratio of 41% (3).
After the Gettysburg Campaign, the division was given to Cadmus Wilcox. Lane reverted back to to his brigade and fought with them from then until he was wounded at Cold Harbor. Col. John D. Barry, temporarily assigned a brigadier, led the brigade until he too was wounded in an action around Petersburg on the 27th July (9). Lane would return to command the brigade until they surrendered at Appomattox, with a strength of around 559 officers and men. The 7th North Carolina was at this time on detached service with General Hoke in the Carolinas; they would surrender here with about 152 men.

For the most part of it's history, the brigade would consist of the following 5 Regiments:
-7th North Carolina (In 1865, went with Robert Hoke's division to the Carolinas)
-18th North Carolina, the one responsible for shooting Jackson at Chancellorsville. Notable members include:
--John D. Barry: Major of the Regiment at the Chancellorsville incident; in 1864 was Colonel of the regiment and breifly given brigade command with temporary generalship after Lane was incapacitated after Cold Harbor; was himself wounded on 27th July, losing 2 fingers on his right hand; was relieved by Lane; died 2 years after the war, aged only 27, many saying he died of a broken heart for being in part responsible for the death of Jackson.
-28th North Carolina, Lane's regiment
-33rd North Carolina, Branch's regiment. Notable members include:
--BG Lawrence Branch (First Colonel of the regiment)
--Later MG Robert Hoke (was Lt. Colonel of the regiment)
--Later BG William G. Lewis (Major of the regiment)
-37th North Carolina
At Gettysburg, the unit strengths (% losses in parenthesis) were as such:
-7th NC: 291 (31%) (4)
-18th NC: 346 (25%) (5)
-28th NC: 346 (40%) (6)
-33rd NC: 480 (42%) (7)
-37th NC: 379 (>30%) (8)
*Total: 1842

When the Brigade surrendered, the strength by unit were:

-**7th NC: 171 (14 officers; 157 men) (4)
-18th NC: 93 (12 o; 81 m) (5)
-28th NC: 230 (17 o; 213 m) (6)
-33rd NC: 109 (11 o; 108 m) (7)
-37th NC: 108 (10 o; 98 m) (8)
Total: 711 (64 o; 647 m)

*Minor discrepancy in Numbers: According to Source 3, the brigade strength was 1735 men; But adding together the 5 Regiment's individual strengths from sources 4-8 totals to 1842.
**Most of 7th North Carolina was assigned to Hoke's Division, which was with Joe Johnston's Army of the South in the Carolinas at the time of Appomattox. They surrendered with them with 13 officers and 139 men. A small detachment of 1 officer and 18 men remained with Lane's brigade.

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1a.)
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3.) http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/battle-of-gettysburg-facts/strength-casualties-csa/
4.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/7nc_inf/7th_inf_regt.html
5.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/18nc_inf/18th_inf_rgt.html
6.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/28nc_inf/28th_inf_rgt.html
7.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/33rd_inf_rgt/33rd_inf_rgt.html
8.) https://ranger95.com/civil_war/n_carolina/infantry/37nc_inf/37th_inf_rgt.html
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Thanks for posting, I enjoy reading about this fine regiment. Company F of the 18th was raised locally and I had cousins that served in the unit. My first SCV camp was named "the Scotch Boys" in honour of Company F.
 



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