5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry (63rd Regiment Volunteers)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry; 63rd Regiment Volunteers was formed at Garysburg, North Carolina, during the fall of 1862. This regiment had 458 effectives during the Pennsylvania Campaign and surrendered only 5 at Appomattox. This is the same unit as the 63rd Regiment Volunteers; 5th Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry. It Disbanded at Danville, Virginia after news arrived of surrender at Appomattox Court House. 
"Units of the Confederate States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. contains no history for this unit. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A - principally from Cumberland County
Company C - principally from Sampson County
Company D - principally from Rockingham County
Company E - principally from Chatham County
Company F - principally from Mecklenburg County
Company G - principally from Chatham County
Company H - principally from Davie County
Company I - principally from Guilford County
Company K - principally from Guilford County
Information about the companies and their rosters are in Manarin and Jordan, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: a roster. 
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘North Carolina in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- North Carolina in the Civil War describes many sources, specifically for North Carolina, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Walter Clark. Histories of the several regiments and battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-'65 (Nash Brothers, Book and Job Printers, Goldsboro, N.C., 1901). Internet Archive.