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Muster In: Organized and mustered into state service on September 14, 1861.  Mustered into Confederate service on September 20, 1861.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Commander(s):
Lieutenant Colonel Rufus A. Barrier
Rufus A. Barrier 8th NC3

Lieutenant John E. Dugger
Commander Image

Commander 3
Commander Image

First Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army4

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant (Major?) Colonel Rufus A. Barrier (at least June 16-18, 1864)5,6
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army7

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Rufus A. Barrier8
  • Unit Strength:
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army9

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Rufus A. Barrier10
  • Unit Strength:
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army11

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Rufus A. Barrier (wounded August 19, 1864)12
    • ? (August 19-31, 1864)13
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army14,15

  • Commander: Lieutenant John E. Dugger (at least September 30, 1864)16,17
  • Unit Strength: ~175 officers and men (September 30, 1864)(taken in attack on Fort Harrison)18
  • Weapons:

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army19

  • Commander:
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army20,21

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Rufus A. Barrier (November & December 1864)22,23
  • Unit Strength:
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  • Note: Left the Siege of Petersburg sometime in December 1864.24

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at Siege of Petersburg.25

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at Siege of Petersburg.26

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles27:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Globe Tavern (August 18-21, 1864)
  • Fort Harrison (September 29-30, 1864)

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

    Sources:

    1. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97
    3. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 1 (Nash Brothers: 1901), p. 386-387: There is an illustration showing the field officers of the 8th North Carolina between pages 386 and 387 in this famous reference work.
    4. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    5. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 1 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 405-409: “After the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Murchison, Major R. A. Barrier was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel and commanded the regiment till the close of the war.”
    6. Gen. Clingman’s Report of the Battles in Front of Petersburg on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June.” Our Living and Our Dead (New Bern, NC). March 18, 1874, p. 2 col. 2-5
    7. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    8. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 124
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 124
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    15. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1314.
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    17. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 1 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 405-409
    18. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 1 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 405-409
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    20. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 166
    24. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97: Sifakis does not list the exact date.  More research is needed.
    25. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97
    26. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97
    27. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 96-97

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