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Freedom for ThemselvesNorth Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era$
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Richard M. Reid

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831748

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837276_reid

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A Unit of Last Resort

A Unit of Last Resort

(p.153) Chapter Four A Unit of Last Resort
Freedom for Themselves

Richard M. Reid

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the 3rd North Carolina Colored Volunteers (NCCV), who, like the 2nd NCCV, continued to maintain recruiting stations in North Carolina that sought and forwarded volunteers to the regimental camp in Norfolk. The experience of the third regiment, however, differed in a significant way from that of the first two regiments. Although the 1st and the 2nd NCCV had encountered problems in their incorporation and early service, and the 2nd NCCV had received only limited training before its first battle, both regiments were completely formed on entering combat, even if some personnel were on detached duty. By contrast, the 3rd NCCV had begun its formal existence at the end of January 1864 with just four companies mustered into service. When it joined the First Brigade of the Eighteenth Corps's Third Division three months later as the redesignated 37th U.S. Colored Troops, it still had only five fully organized companies.

Keywords:   3rd NCCV, 2nd NCCV, recruiting stations, North Carolina, regimental camp, Norfolk

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