Edmond "Eddie" James Banks

Contributed by: Diane Siniard

After refusing to join in the fighting in the Civil War, Eddie was shot and killed as he ran 
through the woods by soldiers. He was killed when his son James Oram was very 
young. Told to me by Dorcas Banks Brinson. 

On 15 Sep 1862, Cpl. E. J. Banks enlisted in Co. K, 31st North Carolina Infantry 
Regiment at Camp Mangum, Raleigh, NC. They left that location for Kinston, NC 
on 23 Oct 1862, then to Greensville, NC on 4 Nov and back to Kinston on 6 Nov. 
On 12 Nov they were flanked and spiked their artillery, moved to the north end of 
the island and there surrendered. [history is confused] On 21 Feb 1863, they were 
at Elizabeth City, NC. On 16 Feb 1863, they left Camp Whiting. E. J. listed as 
absent at hospital in Columbia, SC. 

(Compiled Service Records Confederate Soldiers -- North Carolina. LDS reel 1381363). 
* Death info from Compiled Service Records Confederate Soldiers -- North Carolina. 
LDS reel 1381363. 

E. J. Banks (First_Last) 
Regiment Name 31 North Carolina Infantry. 
Side Confederate 
Company K 
Soldier`s Rank_In Corporal 
Soldier`s Rank_Out Corporal 
Alternate Name 
Film Number M230 roll 2 


31st Regiment, North Carolina Infantry 31st Infantry Regiment, organized at 
Wilmington, North Carolina, in September, 1861, contained men from Anson, 
Edgecombe, Brunswick, Beaufort, Craven, and Harnett counties. Stationed 
at Roanoke Island, the unit was captured in February, 1862. After being 
exchanged, it was assigned to General Clingman`s Brigade and remained 
under his command for the duration of the war. The 31st fought at White Hall, 
then moved to the Charleston area where it was engaged in various conflicts 
including the fight at Battery Wagner. Ordered north it took an active part in the 
battles at Drewry`s Bluff and Cold Harbor, and later endured the hardships of 
the Petersburg siege north and south of the James River. In 1865 it fought its 
last battle at Bentonville. The unit had 456 effectives at Roanoke Island and 
lost 7 killed, 31 wounded, and 1 missing defending Battery Wagner on July 
18, 1863. Few surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Its commanders 
were Colonel John V. Jordan; Lieutenant Colonels Daniel G. Fowle, Charles 
W. Knight, and Edward R. Liles; and Majors John A.D. McKay and Jesse J. 

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