Contributed by: B. C. Langston, Jr.
Jesse Fields, Private, born in Lenoir County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Craven County at age 17, July 15, 1861. Present or accounted for until discharges on July 17, 1862, by reason of being underage. Later served in Company D, 1st Battalion NC Local Defense Troops. Source: North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster Volume 8 Page 33 The following is from Jesse Field's obituary, August 15, 1923. " Another wearer of the beloved uniform of the Confederacy, who for four long and bloody years was a member of that gallant company which so unstintedly spilled its blood upon the altar of State's Rights, answered the Last Roll Call yesterday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock when Jesse Fields, of Company C, Twenty-Seventh North Carolina regiment , quietly passed away at the home of his daughter." "Immediately upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Fields enlisted in Company C, 27th North Carolina Regiment as a private and it is said by his few remaining comrades that no braver man ever faced the withering fire of a Yankee battery, no more conscientious soldier ever fought and bled for a glorious principle, and no more patriotic citizen ever threw down the musket and picked up the plow in the great struggle to bring order out of the chaos that followed those four bloody years, than Jesse Fields." Name: Jesse Fields RESIDENCE: Lenoir County, North Carolina Occupation: Farmer Enlistment Date: 15 Jul 1861 Enlistment Place: Craven County, North Carolina Side Served: Confederacy State Served: North Carolina Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 15 July 1861 at the age of 17. Enlisted in Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 15 Jul 1861. disch minority Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 17 Jul 1862. Source: Ancestry.com Jesse Fields (First_Last) Regiment Name 27 North Carolina Infantry. Side Confederate Company C Soldier's Rank_In Private Soldier's Rank_Out Private Alternate Name Notes Film Number M230 roll 13 27th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry 27th Infantry Regiment was formed at New Bern, North Carolina, in June, 1861, as the 9th Regiment. Reorganized in September as the 17th, its designation was later changed to the 27th. Men of this unit were recruited in Orange, Guilford, Wayne, Pitt, Lenoir, Perquimans, and Jones counties. It was assigned to General R. Ransom's, J.G. Walker's, and Cooke's Brigade. After fighting at New Bern, the 27th saw action in the Seven Days' Battles and at Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg. During the spring and summer of 1863 it served in North Carolina, South Carolina, and in the Richmond area. The unit continued the fight at Bristoe, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, and later endured the hardships of the Petersburg siege south of the James River. It ended the war at Appomattox. It had 6 wounded at Malvern Hill, lost sixty-three percent of the 325 engaged at Sharpsburg, and had 2 killed and 13 wounded at Fredericksburg. Seventy percent of the 416 at Bristoe were disabled, and when the regiment surrendered, it had 9 officers and 103 men. The field officers were Colonels John R. Cooke, J.A. Gilmer, Jr., George B. Singeltary, John Sloan, and George F. Whitfield; Lieutenant Colonels R.W. Singeltary, Thomas C. Singeltary, and Joseph C. Webb; and Major Calvin Herring. Source: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors site