The 28th Infantry Regiment was organized and mustered into Confederate service in September 1861, at High Point, North Carolina. Its members were from the counties of Surry, Gaston, Catawba, Stanley, Montgomery, Yadkin, Orange, and Cleveland. The unit moved to New Bern and arrived just as the troops were withdrawing from that fight. Ordered to Virginia in May, 1862, it was assigned to General Branch's and Lane's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought at Hanover Court House and many conflicts of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. The 28th was then involved in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox operations. It came to Virginia with 1,199 men, lost thirty-three percent of the 480 engaged during the Seven Days' Battles, and had 3 killed and 26 wounded at Cedar Mountain and 5 killed and 45 wounded at Second Manassas. The regiment reported 65 casualties at Fredericksburg and 89 at Chancellorsville. Of the 346 in action at Gettysburg, more than forty percent were killed, wounded, or missing. In Appomattox, the unit surrendered 17 officers and 213 men.

28th NC Regt Flag front

Battle Flag of the 28th Regiment North Carolina Troops

28th NC Regt Flag obverse


First Commander

James H. Lane (Colonel)

Field Officers

William D. Barringer (Lieutenant Colonel)
Samuel D. Lowe (Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel)
Thomas L. Lowe (Lieutenant Colonel)
William J. Montgomery (Major)
Richard E. Reeves (Major)
William H. A. Speer (Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel)
Samuel N. Stowe (Major)


District of the Cape Fear, Dept. of North Carolina (October 1861-March 1862)
District of the Pamlico, Dept. of North Carolina (March 1862)
Branch's Brigade, District of the Pamlico, Dept. of North Carolina (March 1862)
Branch's Brigade, Dept. of North Carolina (April-May 1862)
Branch's Brigade, Dept. of Northern Virginia (May 1862)
Branch's Brigade, A.P. Hill's Div., ANV (May-June 1862)
Branch's Brigade, A.P. Hill's Div., 1st Corps, ANV (June-July 1862)
Branch's-Lane's Brigade, A.P. Hill's Div., 2nd Corps, ANV (July 1862-May 1863)
Lane's Brigade, Pender's-Wilcox's Div., 3rd Corps, ANV (May 1863-April 1865)


New Bern (March 14, 1862)
Hanover Court House (May 27, 1862)
Seven Days Battles (June 25-July 1, 1862)
Beaver Dam Creek (June 26, 1862)
Gaines' Mill (June 27, 1862)
Frayser's Farm (June 30, 1862)
Malvern Hill (July 1, 1862)
Cedar Mountain (August 9, 1862)
2nd Bull Run (August 28-30, 1862)
Ox Hill [Chantilly] (September 1, 1862)
Harpers Ferry (September 12-15, 1862)
Battle of Sharpsburg (September 17, 1862)
Shepherdstown Ford (September 20, 1862)
Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
Chancellorsville (May 1-4, 1863)
Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
Falling Waters (July 10, 1863)
Bristoe Campaign (October-November 1863)
Bristoe Station (October 14, 1863)
Mine Run Campaign (November-December 1863)
The Wilderness (May 5-6, 1864)
Spotsylvania Court House (May 8-21, 1864)
North Anna (May 22-26, 1864)
Cold Harbor (June 1-3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege (June 1864-April 1865)
Gravel Hill (July 28, 1864)
Fussell's Mill (August 16, 1864)
Reams' Station (August 25, 1864)
Jones' Farm (September 30, 1864)
Squirrel Level Road (September 30, 1864)
Pegram's Farm (October 1, 1864)
Hatcher's Run (February 5-7, 1865)
Petersburg Final Assault (April 2, 1865)
Battery Gregg (April 2, 1865)
Jetersville (April 5, 1865)
Farmville (April 7, 1865)
Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)


The flag of the 28th Regiment bore the names of many famous battles in which its men took part (based upon battle honors listed for the 28th's flag captured/surrendered, April 1865): Hanover, Mechanicsville, Cold Harbor, Frazier's Farm, Malvern Hill, Harper's Ferry, Shepherdstown, Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Cedar Run, Manassas Junction, Manassas Plains, and Ox Hill.

Companies of the 28th Regiment North Carolina Troops

Company A - Surry Regulators (Surry County)
Company B - The Gaston Invincibles (Gaston County)
Company C - The South Fork Farmers (Catawba County)
Company D - The Stanly Yankee Hunters (Stanly County)
Company E - Montgomery Grays (Montgomery County)
Company F - The Yadkin Boys (Yadkin County)
Company G - Guards of Independence (Orange County)
Company H - The Cleveland Regulars (Cleveland County)
Company I - Yadkin Stars (Yadkin County)
Company K - The Stanly Guards (Stanly County)


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