We now have the new edition of the long running series, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster. These invaluable reference books have been put out by the North Carolina Archives since 1961! The new one is Volume XIX, Miscellaneous Battalions and Companies. Here is a bit from the preface:
This volume contains the rosters and unusual histories of six battalions and 25 independent companies. Mallet’s Battalion had the special duty of enforcing the conscription laws, but was called from this duty to fight at the battle of Kinston in December, 1862. Avery’s Battalion helped defend the western part of the state during Stoneman’s raid in March-April, 1865. Clark’s Special Battalion was an ad-hoc unit of militia men, called out in response to Burnside’s invasion of eastern North Carolina; the battalion took part in the battle of New Bern in March, 1862. Hahr’s Battalion served in the defense of Wilmington in late 1864 and early 1865. McLean’s Battalion served as the guard unit for conscript camps in Morganton and Greensboro. The Salisbury Prison Guard Battalion, as the name suggests, guarded the prisoners of war at the famous Salisbury Prison.
I have found a plethora of information in these books for patrons and sometimes myself. I recently found a great great grandfather of mine name Palser Kale from Catawba County who served in the 32nd Regiment. Palser went in as a private and became a sergeant and then was reduced back to a private before he was discharged for having a inguinal hernia. So if ole Palser didn’t bet his comrade a dollar that he could pick up a 200 lb ammunition crate and got a hernia, I might not be here right now.