61st North Carolina Infantry

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Muster In: Organized on September 5, 1862.1
Muster Out: April 26, 18652

Commander(s):
Colonel James D. Radcliffe
James D. Radcliffe 61st NC3

Lieutenant Colonel William S. Devane
William S. Devane 61st NC4

Major Henry Harding
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Major Edward Mallett
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Commander 5
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army5

  • Commander:
    • Colonel James D. Radcliffe (at least June 16-18, 1864)6
    • Lieutenant Colonel William S. Devane (in command evening of June 17, wounded on June 18, 1864)7,8
    • Major Henry Harding (June 18, 1864)9
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Second Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army10

  • Commander: Major Henry Harding11
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Third Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army12

  • Commander:
    • Colonel James D. Radcliffe (wounded by a shell at some point in July 1864)13
    • Major Henry Harding14
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army15

  • Commander:
    • Major Henry Harding (resigned August 10, 1864)16
    • Captain (Major) Edward Mallett (promoted to Major August 10, 1864)17
    • Colonel James D. Radcliffe18
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia | Confederate Army19,20

  • Commander:
    • Colonel James D. Radcliffe (?)21
    • Lieutenant Colonel (Colonel) William S. Devane (promoted to Colonel October 11, 1864)22
    • Major (Lieutenant Colonel) Edward Mallett (promoted to Lieutenant Colonel October 11, 1864)23,24
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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army25

  • Commander:
    • Colonel William S. Devane26
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Mallett27
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Clingman’s Brigade | Hoke’s Division | Fourth Corps | Army of Northern Virginia | Confederate Army28,29

  • Commander:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Mallett (November 1864)30
    • Colonel William S. Devane (in command by at least November 16, 1864) (November & December 1864)31,32
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  • Note: Left the Siege of Petersburg sometime in December 1864.33

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at Siege of Petersburg.34

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not at Siege of Petersburg.35

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles36:

  • Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
  • Second Battle of Petersburg (June 15-18, 1864)
    • Assault of Ledlie’s Division (June 17, 1864)37
  • 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. 160-162
    2. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 160-162
    3. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 3 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 502-503
    4. Clark, Walter. Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, Volume 3 (Nash Brothers: 1901), pp. 502-503
    5. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    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. No title. The Daily Confederate (Raleigh, NC). July 18, 1864, p. 2 col. 3-4
    9. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    10. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    11. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., p. 114
    12. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 124
    13. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 124
    14. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 124
    15. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    16. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    17. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    18. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 133
    19. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    20. 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.
    21. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147: Radcliffe was still “under charges” on October 11, and was probably not with the regiment.
    22. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    23. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 141
    24. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    25. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    26. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    27. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 147
    28. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
    29. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    30. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
    31. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 155
    32. The Confederate Order of Battle, Volume 1: The Army of Northern Virginia by F. Ray Sibley, Jr., page 167
    33. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 160-162 Sifakis does not list the exact date.  More research is needed.
    34. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 160-162
    35. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 160-162
    36. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina by Stewart Sifakis, pp. 160-162
    37. No title. The Daily Confederate (Raleigh, NC). July 18, 1864, p. 2 col. 3-4

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