Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Troop Book.

Greetings folks! Got a blurb about the last Troop book release from the North Carolina Archives. I hope you enjoy.

Volume XVII: Junior Reserves

RALEIGH – The newest title hot off the press from the Historical Publications Section in the Office of Archives and History is “Volume XVII: Junior Reserves” in the popular “North Carolina Troops, 1861–1865: A Roster” series, edited by Matthew M. Brown and Michael W. Coffey.

Volume XVII contains the history and rosters of the North Carolina Junior Reserves. The Junior Reserves were 17-year-old boys drafted in the last year of the war, as the Confederacy faced a disastrous shortfall in manpower. Between the spring and fall of 1864, North Carolina raised eight battalions of Junior Reserves that were later consolidated into three regiments and one independent battalion. These young men were originally intended to guard bridges and depots in North Carolina , but eventually were drawn into combat. The Junior Reserves saw action in a number of minor clashes in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia , as well as the major battles of Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

An authoritative 120-page history begins the volume, followed by a complete roster and service records of the officers and men who served in the Junior Reserves. The service records include important information such as full name, rank, county of birth and residence, occupation, place and date of enlistment, age, whether the individual was wounded, captured, hospitalized, paroled, transferred, or promoted, and whether or not he died during the war. A thorough index completes the volume.

Matthew M. Brown received a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Michael W. Coffey received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi .

“North Carolina Troops, 1861–1865: A Roster (Volume XVII: Junior Reserves)” (hardbound; pp. xvi, 509; index) costs $63.38 ($58.04, libraries), which includes tax and shipping. Order from the Historical Publications Section (N), Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622. For credit card orders call (919) 733-7442, ext. 0, or visit the section’s secure online store at Volume XVII is also available through

The Historical Publications section ( is administered by the Office of Archives and History, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of North Carolina ’s arts, history and culture. Information is available at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be purchasing this one. I purchased the last volume, Volume XVI, Thomas's Legion, and Michael Brown and Michael Coffey did a superb job. The roster alone is very detailed and an outstanding source for family researchers and genealogists.
Thanks for the heads-up.

I look forward to purchasing your 58th. I like what you state about slaves and slavery, since it can easily be applied to motives v. causes, which, the latter, as we know, can easily be drawn out and debated by every closed minded individual with prejudice: "the war was about slavery and the war was caused by slavery." We know that the emancipation, even preliminary EP, wasn't introduced until Lincoln believed that the South was not only winning the war (1862), but that England and France (Trent Affair, etc.) would enter on the Confederate side. Hmmm, what about the Nullification Crisis, some 30 years before the war? Goes to both motive and cause..
Michael, thanks and I hope that you and yours are enjoying the summer.
M. Parker