Identified Confederate Volunteer Manual - Inventory Number: CON 056
A Manual if Infantry and Rifle Tactic with Honors Paid by the Troops, Inspections - Reviews, & c. Abridged and Compiled by Lieutenant Colonel William H. Richardson, Graduate and formerly assistant Instructor of Tactic, Virginia Military Institute. Printed in Richmond, Virginia, published by A. Morris of Richmond in 1861.
Pencil inscription on the fly page that reads: Captured at the Battle of "New Bern, NC March 14, 1862" Bye Corp. H. Whitney
Ink Stencil of: "K.M. Dees Union co. N.C. Defenders"
Rare imprint in very good condition.
Kenneth M. Dees:
Born in Union County NC; residence of Union County, NC; a 24 year-old Teacher.
Enlisted on 9/16/1861 at Union County, NC as a Corporal.
On 11/20/1861 he mustered into "D" Co. NC 37th Infantry
He was listed as:
* Confined 5/27/1862 Fort Monroe, VA (And paroled)
* POW 5/27/1862 Hanover Court House, VA
* Exchanged 8/5/1862 Aiken's Landing, VA
* Returned 2/15/1863 (place not stated) (Estimated day)
* POW 4/2/1865 Near Petersburg, VA
* Confined 4/3/1865 Point Lookout, MD (Estimated day)
* Oath of Allegiance 6/26/1865 Point Lookout, MD
* Priv 3/15/1862 (Reduced to ranks)
* Corpl 1/1/1865
Thirty-seventh North Carolina Infantry.
Chancellorsville, VA after battle report:
Report of Col. William M. Barbour, Thirty-seventh North Carolina Infantry.
CAMP GREGG, VA., May 9, 1863.
CAPT.: I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of my regiment in the battle of Chancellorsville, May 3:
After a rapid march, we gained the enemy's right flank on Saturday evening, and a running fight ensued between the advanced troops of our army and those of the enemy. Moving rapidly by the right flank, we soon gained a point near Chancellorsville, where the enemy had several batteries in position, which did us considerable injury that evening. After sunset, my regiment was deployed to the right of the road, behind a small breastwork which the enemy had abandoned. Skirmishers were thrown forward, and my regiment rested for the night.
Early next morning, I received orders to advance in line of battle and assail the enemy's works in front, my left resting on the road. I immediately put my regiment in motion, and advanced steadily under a murderous fire of grape, shell, and Minie balls. After a desperate struggle, I succeeded in carrying the breastworks in front and in capturing a number of prisoners. About this time I received a wound in my right arm, which compelled me to leave the field. I am informed by the senior captain, commanding the regiment, that the regiment continued to advance upon the enemy's second line of entrenchments, but, in common with the whole brigade, was compelled to retire by an enfilade fire from the enemy's artillery and infantry.
During the entire engagement my officers and men behaved gallantly. Lieut. Charlton C. Ragin, Company K, was killed, gallantly commanding his company.
The annexed tabular statement* will show that my total loss is as follows: 1 officer killed, 19 officers wounded, 35 men killed, 175 wounded, 8 men missing.
I do not hesitate to say that it was the bloodiest battle that I have very witnessed. The Seventh North Carolina was on my right, and, as its field officers and many of the company officers are killed and wounded, I may be permitted to allude to the gallant manner in which its officers and men advanced upon the enemy's entrenchments. I doubt not that the other regiments of the brigade also behaved gallantly, but they were still farther to my right, and, of course, did not come under my observation.
In conclusion, I shall always feel proud of the noble bearing of my officers and men on the bloody field, but sad when I reflect how many who charged the enemy's entrenchments with me are numbered with the dead.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WILL. M. BARBOUR, Col. Thirty-seventh North Carolina Troops.
Capt. GEORGE B. JOHNSTON, Actg. Asst. Adjt. Gen.
Inventory Number: CON 056