30th Regiment Co. H "Moore County Rifles" Newspaper articles


Fayetteville Observer, Monday, April 4, 1864

Perhaps it would be gratifying to the friends of Company H to know something of its past history 
and the service it has performed for liberty and independence.

It was formed at Jonesboro, Moore County, N.C. 15 August, 1861óWilliam M. Swann, captain 
and Archibald McIntosh, D.W. McIntosh, and F.M. Moore as lieutenants.  The company was 
organized into the 30th Regiment N.C.V. at Crabtree, near Raleigh on 27th September, 1861; 
was then ordered to Wilmington, where it stayed a few days and then was ordered to Smithville 
and thence to Camp Wyatt, where it spent the greater part of the winter.  

The 1st May, 1862 it re-organized by choosing J.J. Wicker as Captain, H.J. McNeill as 1st Lt., 
A.A. Jackson as 2nd Lt., and L.H. McLeod as 3rd Lt.  From the time of its re-organization until 
the 13th June, it was engaged in a series of marches.  When it left Wilmington for Richmond, 
where it arrived June 16, it was placed under Brigadier General Anderson in D.H. Hillís celebrated 
Light Division.

The first engagement in which it participated was at Mechanicsville, near Richmond, Va., at the 
commencement of the Seven Days fight; then also at Cold Harbor on the 27th and Malvern Hill 
on the 1st July.  Andersonís Brigade was the first to attack the Yankees at that place with this 
company thrown out as skirmishers, in which they suffered severely.

Since that time they have been in successive battles of Boonsboro, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, 
Chancellorsville, Martinsburg, Gettysburg, Kellyís Ford, and several minor engagements.  In all 
the engagements it was always its lot to be in the front ranks, and future history, I am sure, will 
show that from those who have fallen, and those who still survive, it has done its duty, defended 
its flag on every battlefield that has been fought.

The original muster roll numbered when it left Moore Co., 104 men.  Now, the killed, disabled by 
wounds, and died of diseases are 70, leaving 34 of this noble band to tell the sad tale.  And to 
show that the spirit that once animated them to noble deeds of valor on the many bloody fields 
of carnage that is so characteristic of N. Carolina sons, on the 27th January, they were the first, 
every man to a man, to re-enlist and not to lay down their arms until peace and independence 

We are now in our winter quarters and preparing for the contest of the coming spring.  Only our 
number has been reduced.  By union of purpose and action with our friends at home we will yet 
show to the world that we are able to take care of each other.

A Member of Company H

Transcribed by Christine Spencer August 2007

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