|Battle Flag of the Beaufort Plow Boys, Company B, North Carolina 61st Infantry Regiment|
The North Carolina 61st Infantry Regiment was organized in Wilmington, North Carolina in August of 1862. Its men were recruited from the Counties of Sampson, New Hanover, Beaufort, Craven, Chatham, Wake, Lenoir, Wilson, Martin, Alleghany, Ashe and Jones. James D. Radcliffe of New Hanover County was elected Colonel of the Regiment.
|Colonel James D. Radcliffe|
Edward Mallett was elected as the first Captain of Company C. After its organization, the unit was assigned to Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman's Brigade. The other Units in Clingman's Brigade included the 8th, 31st and 51st North Carolina Infantry Regiments.
|Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman|
Clingman's Brigade was initially stationed at Camp Lamb, near Wilmington. The North Carolina 61st remained in the Wilmington area until early November when they made their way to Plymouth, North Carolina. From Plymouth, the Regiment marched 39 miles to Spring Creek, where they arrived just before dawn on November 3rd. The men endured a deep snow on November 6th, however they continued their march towards the Tarboro Railroad Terminal. As many as 100 men in the regiment were without shoes. Several of those men were cautioned not to make the barefoot march in the snow. Ten men from the Regiment died from Pneumonia following their barefoot march.
The Regiment left the Tarboro Railroad Terminal on November 10th and bivouacked at Greenville, North Carolina on November13th. The men remained in Greenville until December 7, 1862, when they began to march towards Kinston, North Carolina, where they arrived on December 9th. On the 12th of December, the Regiment crossed the Neuse River near Southwest creek, where they destroyed the bridge after crossing. The North Carolina 61st was then posted on the west side of the creek to check or delay the advance of Union Major General John G. Foster. Foster's troops included 10,000 Infantry, Six Batteries with 40 pieces of Artillery, and 640 Cavalry. My 3rd cousin 5x removed, Brigadier General Nathan George "Shanks" Evans was in command of the Confederate force, which numbered roughly 2,000.
|Brigadier General Nathan George "Shanks" Evans|
On April 1, 1863, Jack received a disability discharge in Columbia, South Carolina.
|Muster Roll showing Jack's Discharge|
Here's my relation to Jack:
John R. "Jack" Wheeler (1837 - 1910)
is your 1st cousin 4x removed
Your 1st cousin 4x removed
Burwell Wheeler (1796 - 1885)
father of John R. "Jack" Wheeler
Benjamin Wheeler (1755 - 1830)
father of Burwell Wheeler
Benjamin Franklin Wheeler (1803 - 1883)
son of Benjamin Wheeler
Christopher Columbus Wheeler (1842 - 1912)
son of Benjamin Franklin Wheeler
Benjamin Elliott Wheeler (1883 - 1951)
son of Christopher Columbus Wheeler
Phebe Teresa Wheeler Lewis (1918 - 1977)
daughter of Benjamin Elliott Wheeler
Joyce Elaine Lewis (1948 - )
daughter of Phebe Teresa Wheeler Lewis
You are the son of Joyce