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The mission of the First North Carolina Battalion is to faithfully and accurately educate and inform the public about North Carolina’s soldiers and civilians during the American Civil War and to preserve the heritage and customs from this period of history.


Now Enlisting!

The Battalion is recruiting soldiers, as well as musicians for the fife and drum corps. Contact a member company directly, or let us help by providing some general information.

Recruitment Contacts


The North Carolina Battalion was formed in 1985 from all the Civil War reenacting units in North Carolina to be able to participate as a large group under their own command during the 125th anniversary events. This unity lasted until after the 125th Gettysburg when two units of the original battalion left to form another battalion now known as the 2nd NC Battalion (Carolina Legion). The remainder of the units assumed the name of the 1st NC Battalion. This battalion has been together from 1988 until the present. We have grown from 100 men to the present strength of 535 men. In 1997 the battalion was given the status of a “Regiment”. This status was awarded because 1st NC Battalion was able to consistently field 10 companies with an average of 300+ men in the ranks at each ANV sanctioned event. New for the 2011 season, we are pleased to have the beginnings of our own fife and drum corps.

Company at Gettysburg

Company at Gettysburg Living History

Today the rank and file of the regiment has grown and now represents units from Canada to Florida. We are a very family-oriented reenacting organization with member’s wives and children being welcome in our camps. We are primarily a mainstream group and strive to make the experience of reenacting meaningful for each of our members. We also respect the desires of our progressive members and work to make their experience as fulfilling as the event will allow. While the 4th regiment does not uniformly portray any one specific federal impression, we encourage, support and provide a leadership structure for those member units who do galvanize, as we understand the importance of portraying both sides of this conflict.

One of the most important goals of the 4th Regiment is to assist each member unit in achieving the most realistic experience possible at every Regimental event they attend. This is accomplished by the battalion staff as they provide quality leadership, authentic camps, and safety during battles. The staff also coordinates with event organizers to insure that basic needs such as firewood and water are maintained.

The Regiment has created a recommended standard for military impressions. The regiment does not however, supersede any guidelines set up by individual companies unless appearance is clearly outside of known historical research. If that is the case, the staff will offer guidance and suggestions to correct the situation.

New members interested in joining the reenacting community should apply for membership as part of a company or group. If you are not yet a member of a group, please contact us at the email address below and we will be glad to direct you to some our member units that are closest to your home. Hopefully you can find one that meets your expectations and then join us in the field!

During events, the staff area is always open to anyone who may want to come by and talk, also staff members of the regiment are always available to assist individuals with their needs or questions.

This is a brief overview of the 4th Regiment, 1st Division ANV. Please feel free to contact any member of the staff with additional questions, comments or concerns you may have about the regiment.

Hope to see you on the field.
Col Bill Potts Commanding
4th Regiment/ 1st NC Battalion
1st Division, Army of Northern Virginia 2011


Forced to Fight

Forced to Fight - Bentonville Battlefield's 149th Anniversary Program
March 15-16, 2014

Bentonville's 149th anniversary program "Forced to Fight" will bring the realities of war home to North Carolina.

The event will be set in spring 1864. The Third Conscription Act was passed February 17, 1864, expanding the age range from between 18 and 45 to 17 and 50 year old healthy men to serve. Conscripts accounted for about one-quarter of the Confederate armies in 1864-1865. Men whose occupations were more important to the home-front effort were exempt from the conscription act; these included civil officials, rail workers, telegraph workers, river workers, miners, druggists, and teachers.

The event will begin in the yard of the Harper House, as John and Amy Harper look on, a Confederate officer will encourage local men to volunteer before they are conscripted and taken away. The war is becoming more desperate, and is taking a toll on everyone, but the Confederacy needs more soldiers to continue the fight. In this desperate hour, men from the local community will be asked to volunteer for service in order to keep the Confederacy alive. Some hesitation in signing up for service is encouraged, remember, the Confederacy is failing, and many citizens already believe it is a lost cause.

Reenactors are asked to wear a mix of civilian and military clothing. Men that are signing up for service are asked to wear civilian clothing and will change after the enlistment scenario. Men that are currently enlisted and are serving as enlistment officers, guards, and army physicians will wear their military uniforms.

New recruits will march off to their camp of instruction. Once in camp they will get their military uniforms & equipment issued to them. Reenactors should be able to portray new recruits that are being trained for the first time. Mistakes are encouraged during the initial drill, and get better as the demonstration progresses. Spectators, especially children, will be given a chance to enlist as well. They will be drilled after the reenactors.

Program Schedule

  • Enlistment at Harper House 10:30am & 2:00pm
  • Artillery Demo 11:30am & 3:00pm
  • Infantry drill & demo 12:00pm & 3:30pm
  • Townball (19th Century baseball) 12:45pm

Our camps will established in the woods behind the recreated earthworks along the tour trail. As you arrive, take care to utilize the available space to the maximum as it could be limited. The site will be providing wood, water and "facilities".


1st NC Battalion T-Shirts

1st North Carolina Battalion t-shirts are now available for ordering, one for $18.00, two or more for $15.00 each (S up to XL, additional charge for larger sizes). They are available in gray or black.  The left chest has the NC Sunburst design with "1st N. C. Battalion" above and "4th Regiment", "Army of Northern Virginia" below. The back design has the North Carolina Republic Flag with "The Old North State" above and "First at Bethel", "Farthest at Gettysburg", "Last at Appomattox" below. The type used for the text on the back varies between the gray and black design, with the gray having print and the black having script.

To order, complete the order form and send copy of the form with payment to address indicated. The deadline for the first order is February 15th, 2014!



ANV Civilian Group

1st North Carolina Battalion, 4th Regiment ANV Civilians

Date: January 8, 2011

To: 4th Regiment, ANV

From: Pat Hilderman

This is a formal invitation to ALL civilians in the 4th Regiment of the ANV to participate in the newly formed civilian group. This group is being formed in an effort to help further enhance the participation of ANV civilians. It will not in any way change anything that individual groups may be doing with their respective Units. It will enable us to have a voice at the ANV convention, educate ourselves, new people coming into our units and the public about civilian life during the War.

At the ANV convention last November, JoAnn Newton of the 3rd Regiment was appointed ANV Civilian Coordinator. She will be working with the Division in determining what is important for all of our civilians. Things such as resource material, authenticity in camp, help with impressions, demonstrations at 150th's in the upcoming celebration years are but a few of the ideas that she has relayed on to me. I would like to see ALL of our Civilians included in this effort. We are there to help one another just as our men pull together and help one another at events, it is my hope that we can too. JoAnn has indicated also to me that she wants to establish an effective means of communicating with all civilians, so with that in mind if we have civilians from each unit select a contact person and then have one person from all the contacts be the one communicating with JoAnn she would be able to get information out to us in a timely manner. I am willing to be the primary contact person to JoAnn from the 4th Regiment until we can become fully organized and hold an election of officers. There is a lot to be done to get us started and I am willing to do whatever I can to help. There is a lot of enthusiasm to get our Civilians better involved and informed as we move ahead.

I would ask that you PLEASE make sure that ANY civilians in your unit are given this information and have them call me or email me with any questions, thoughts, concerns that they may have regarding this very important effort.

Your Humble Servant
Pat Hilderman
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Upcoming Events

  • Gettysburg NPS Living History
    Gettysburg, PA
    August 8-10
  • Battle of Bost Grist Mill
    Concord, NC
    September 6-7


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