The 7th Regiment was a North Carolina Confederate infantry unit formed at Camp Mason (Graham, NC) in Alamance County, North Carolina in August 1861. It was mustered in for the term of the war on August 21, 1861.  Seven days later, the unit was on its way to New Bern, NC.  After arriving, the unit camped two miles from the town. Its first brigade commander was General Lawrence O'Brian Branch, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was killed during the battle of Sharpsburg MD (Antietam) on 17 Sep 1862.
     By September 1861, the 7th Reg.  had moved twice more and eventually found itself at Fort Burgwyn on the Neuse River on Bogue Island.  In October, the unit moved once again to Carolina City eventually going into winter quarters at Shepherdsville, NC.  One of the first official duties of the 7th Regiment was to guard the railroad bridge over Slocumb's Creek .  It remained there until the entire unit was ordered back to New Bern, NC on March 6, 1862.   In defense of New Bern, the 7th Regiment's first major battle occurred.  The 7th NC was commended for their action in this battle. There were many more.  The 7th Regiment proudly and distinguishly fought at New Bern, Hanover Courthouse, Seven Days Battles, Cedar Run, Manassas Junction, Manassas Plains, Ox Hill, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Shepherdstown, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Bristoe Campaign, Mine Run Campaign, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburg Seige, Gravel Hill, Russell's Mill, Ream's Station, Squirrel Level Road, Jones Farm, Pegram's Farm, and Hatcher's Run. The 7th Regiment, NC State Troops left the Petersburg line on February 26 1865, and traveled by rail to High Point. The regiment had been detached to arrest deserters and absentees in Randolph, Moore, and Chatham counties. It returned to High Point when General Stoneman's Federal calvary moved into western North Carolina. On April 1 the regiment was sent to the Yadkin River Bridge norteast of Salisbury. It moved to Danville, Virginia, on April 5 where it remained until ordered to Greensboro on April 11. Since the Army of Northern Virginia had surrendered, the regiment was assigned to General D.H. Hill's division, Army of Tennessee, on April 16. It was detailed to rebuild the railroad bridge across Deep River on April 19 and completed the bridge on April 24. The Army of Tennessee was surrendered on April 26, and this regiment, mustering 13 officers and 139 men, was paroled near Greensboro on May 1, 1865"

From 1861 to 1865 North Carolina, with a male population (military age) of 115,000, furnished 127,000 Confederate Soilders, Lost 40,375 of her brave sons, DOUBLE the loss of any other state, with 5000 to spare.


  "God Bless North Carolina"