Roster of Twenty-One Companies


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No work can totally do justice to the hardship and pain caused by this war or deal with the multitude of other subjects involving the local war effort. By electronically reproducing the Roster of Twenty - One Companies Furnished by Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, In The Late War, 1861-1865, by Dr. John Brevard Alexander, we hope this pamphlet can be a starting point for more research. A previous owner, possibly Dr. Alexander, has made notations, acknowledging errors and omissions. We do not want additional information or corrections that would change the author’s original work.
Many others have published research about Confederate soldiers. The greatest work at this time is a series entitled North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster compiled by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr. Although all regiments have not been completed, it already provides a wealth of information on many individual soldiers. All published volumes are in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room.

Dr. John Brevard Alexander 
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Dr. J. B. Alexander enlisted on 9/16/1861 and served in the 37th Regiment. He was later promoted to Assistant Surgeon then Surgeon, before he resigned on 5/29/1863.
Born in Lemley township, Mecklenburg County, he was a descendant of many famous Mecklenburgers, including Alexander Craighead and two Revolutionary War patriots. A graduate of Davidson College and Charleston Medical College, he practiced medicine prior to the war. He authored several publications, owned a drug store in Charlotte, and was active in the Masonic Order and the Mecklenburg Camp of Confederate Veterans. Alexander died in Charlotte on June 24, 1911, at age 77, and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.

Private Andrew S. Knox 
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Private Knox enlisted on June 18, 1861. He served in Co. B, 19th Regiment N.C.T., 2nd Regiment N. C. Calvary. Dying in November 1861, his service to his country was short.
Sergeant John R. Knox 
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This farmer enlisted as a Private in Mecklenburg County in 1861. After serving in Co. C, 37th Regiment, he died at home in January 1863.