Infantry Regiment, Thomas' North Carolina Legion
Organized with a mixture of white and Cherokee companies at Knoxville, Tennessee; on September 27, 1862. Indian companies detached in September 1863, reducing the regiment to eight companies; Reorganized January 1863; Surrendered by detachments in East Tennessee and western North Carolina in May 1865.
"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
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.
1st Company A - many men from Jackson County
2nd Company A - many men from Jackson County (composed primarily of Cherokee Indians)
Company C - many men from Haywood County
Company E - many men from Haywood County
Company F - many men from Jackson County
Company G - many men from Jackson County
Company H - many men from Cherokee County
Company K - many men from Anderson County, Roane County, Morgan County, and Knox County, Tennessee.
Information about the companies and their rosters are in Manarin and Jordan, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster.
- 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 to 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.
- Crow, Vernon H. Storm in the mountains : Thomas' Confederate Legion of Cherokee Indians and mountaineers. (Cherokee, North Carolina : Press of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, c1982), FHL book 973 M2cs.
- Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of The Confederate Armies: North Carolina. Facts On file New York - Oxford 1992.FHL book 975 M2ss
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
- Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth T. Jordan. North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster. Vol 16. Raleigh, N.C.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966. FHL book975.6 M2nc Vol 16