8th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserve
Brief History[edit | edit source]
It was organized as the 3rd Battalion, North Carolina Senior Reserves, with three companies at Goldsboro on 31 May 1864. It was increased to a regiment and designated as the 78th Infantry Regiment (8th Senior Reserves) in early 1865. 
"Units of the Confederate States Army" by Joseph H. Crute, Jr. contains no history for this unit. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Captain Henry Broadhurst's Company - many men from Duplin County
Captain William H Bryan's Company - many men from Sampson County
Captain John Daniel's Company - many men from Johnston County
Captain James M Garner's Company - many men from Wayne County
Captain Benjamin J Jacob's Company - many men from New Hanover County
Captain W J Kelly's Company - many men from Cumberland County
Captain Isaac William's Company - many men fromHarnett County.
Information about the companies and their rosters are in Manarin and Jordan, North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: a roster. 
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘North Carolina in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- North Carolina in the Civil War describes many sources, specifically for North Carolina, and how to find them. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of The Confederate Armies : North Carolina. Facts On file New York - Oxford 1992. FHL book 975 M2ss
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 24 January 2018).
- Mathew M Brown, and Michael W Coffey. North Carolina Troops 1861-1865: a roster. Vol 1. Raleigh, N.C. : State Dept. of Archives and History, 1966. FHL book975.6 M2nc Vol. 2