Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Confederate Legacy-- Part 4: The Goldsboro Rifles

James Bryan commanded the Rifles for the majority of the war until he was wounded in the fall of 1863 and died after his right leg was amputated.  John D. Bryan (kinsman?) then took command until he resigned.  He was the last captain of the company.  After that it was commanded by lieutenants and non-commissioned officers.

The men of the company of te company consisted of some of the family names who still are important in Wayne County even to this day: Bryan, Border, Aycock, Cobb, Crawford, Dees, Edgerton, Faircloth, Holloman, Overman, Parker, Pike, Roberts, Tadlock, Warrick and others.

The 27th was heavily involved in some of the biggest battles of the war.  The first battle it was in was New Bern in the spring of 1862.  Soon after that, it went by railroad to join Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.  They were right in the thick of the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and the Wilderness, but not at the Battle of Gettysburg as they were assigned to other duty in Virginia.

The 27th's war record is among the top for regiments in the Army of Virginia,  Even Pulitzer Prize winning author Douglas Southal Freeman referred to the unit as "the magnificent 27th North Carolina."

One More Entry for the Unit.  --Old Secesh

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