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72nd North Carolina Infantry      
Company Unknown
Riley Francis Bost - Private   
Riley is buried at Bethleham Methodist Church in Statesville, N. C. He was captured at Ft. Fisher, N. C. December 25 1865 and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md. for the duration. His grandson had a brass plate placed at his grave with his unit in the Confederate States Army on it. My maternal grandmother Eula Bost Absher was his youngest child born in 1893.
Contact Name:  John E. Peterson
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Date Added:  5/26/2007
Company A
Albert G Fort - Private   
1844 – Jun 14, 1935. He had a light complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes, and stood 5’ 9”. He was conscripted on Jun 1, 1864 in the 7th NCJR which was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• Thomas Fort 1807 – 1881 son of John Fort, son of Morning Melvin Fort Rice, daughter of Daniel James Melvin Sr.
• Mary Jane “Polly” Reeves 1808 – 1865
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company B
Alexader Hawes Reeves - Private   
Born 1848 – He was conscripted on Jun 1, 1864 in the 7th NCJR. On Oct 31, 1864 he was admitted to General Hospital No 4 and 5 Wilmington NC for anasarca (malnutrition/protein deficiency). He was granted 21 days sick leave. The 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• John Melvin Reeves 1812 - 1894 son of Robert Reeves, son of Jane E Reeves daughter of Daniel James Melvin Sr.
• Elizabeth A. Rivenbark 1815
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company C
Peter McArthur - Private   
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Contact Name:  William Grigg
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Date Added:  2/20/2009
Company C
Herman F Melvin - Private   
May 30, 1847 – May 18, 1879. He was conscripted on June 1st 1864 in the 7th NCJR. The 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• Daniel Melvin born about1822, and died before 1860. Son of Robert Melvin, son of John Thomas Melvin, son of Daniel James Melvin
• Barbara McCall She was born February 18, 1821
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company C
Moses Jones Smith - Private   
1847 – 1915, He stood 5’ 6”, had a light complexion, light hair, and blue eyes. He was conscripted on Jun 1, 1864. On Aug 13, 1864 he was given 60 days sick leave. He returned to duty on Dec 16, 1864. He shows on 6th Division General Hospital Camp Winder Richmond VA on Dec 17, 1864. The 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• John Smith
• Sarah Jane Smith, daughter of John Thomas Melvin, son of Daniel James Melvin
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company C
JOHN YOUNG - Private   
IN 1864, JOHN ENLISTED IN COMPANY C OF THE 4TH BATTALION,N.C. JUNIOR RESERVES. IN EARLY 1865, THE 4TH,7TH AND 8TH BATTALIONS WERE CONSOLIDATED TO FORM THE 3RD REGIMENT,N.C. JUNIOR RESERVES.THIS REGIMENT WAS ALSO KNOWN AS THE 72ND N.C. TROOPS
Contact Name:  MARK YOUNG
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Date Added:  8/20/2008
Company D
Emanuel Howe Moore - 2nd Lieutenant   
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Contact Name:  Clayton Moore
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Date Added:  3/28/2016
Company E
Henry Thornton Martin - Private   
Enlisted as a 17 year old in 1864. Served originally in Company B, 8th Battalion, NC Junior Reserves. Transferred to Company E January 3, 1865. Escaped capture at Fort Fisher. Served at Bentonville.
Contact Name:  Hall Martin
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Date Added:  2/15/2013
Company E
Rufus A. Sain - Private   
Sain, Rufus A., Private
Company E, 3rd North Carolina Junior Reserves
(72nd North Carolina Infantry)

Rufus A. Sain enlisted on October 1, 1864 in Company E of the 72nd NC Regiment according to documents at the Lincoln County Library. He was captured at Fort Fisher, NC on Christmas Day 1864 and imprisoned at Point Lookout. MD.

Born: July 4, 1847 in Lincoln Co., NC
Died: May 17, 1924
Buried: Trinity Lutheran, Vale, NC
Married: Frances C. Yount
Children: 4
Occupation: unknown
Contact Name:  Adrian C. Sims
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Date Added:  4/16/2007
Company F
Pleasant Asbury Holcomb - Private   
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Contact Name:  Tony Hine
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Date Added:  2/28/2009
Company I
Evander William Melvin - Private   
Aug 8, 1847 – Feb 2, 1907. He was conscripted on June 21, 1864 in the 7th NCJR. The 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• David Bunyan Melvin Sr. 1819 - 1907. Son of Robert Melvin, son of Daniel James Melvin Jr., son of Daniel James Melvin Sr.
• Annie Davis - August 14, 1827 and died January 14, 1917.
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company I
Joshua Turner Melvin - Private   
May 7, 1846 - Mar 14, 1918. He was conscripted on June 21, 1864 at Camp Lamb near Wilmington, NC in the 7th Battalion North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company C. Camp Lamb was near Wilmington in New Hanover County. The Confederate camp that provided housing for recruits and troops stationed in batteries and forts defending Wilmington, the Cape Fear River, and Fort Fisher. Named for Colonel William Lamb, commander of Fort Fisher. He spent July 3 to December 9, 1864 garrisoned in Smithfield (now Southport) until to Belfield Va. (now Emporia). They left for Tarboro / Hamilton NC to repel a Union raid form Washington NC. They spent a few days in Tarboro and then moved to Goldsboro to board trains back to the Sugar Loaf line in Wilmington NC.
He saw action in the Belfield / Hicksford (now Emporia) Virginia December 10, 1864 defending the Weldon Rail Road. Sent to Tarboro NC to block a Union advance from Plymouth NC. First Battle of Fort Fisher December 24-27, 1864 while with the 7th Junior Reserves Company C. On January 3, 1865 he transferred to the 3rd Regiment North Carolina Junior Reserves, Company I. He saw action Second battle of Fort Fisher, Battle of Wilmington, Sugar Loaf Line (Carolina Beach), and Fort Anderson February 11 to 22, 1865. He was hospitalized at Court House Hospital in Goldsboro, NC prior to February 28, 1865 (No cause found. I believe it was pneumonia as a large part of his regiment was admitted during that time frame for pneumonia). He returned to Duty on May 2, 1865 and he was paroled under the terms of The Army of the Tennessee in Greensboro, NC.
The 7th Battalion, North Carolina Junior Reserves was consolidated with the 4th and 8th Infantry Battalions, Junior Reserves, and designated as the 72nd Infantry Regiment (3rd NC Junior Reserves) at Wilmington, NC on 3 January 1865.

Parents:
• Andrew Turner Melvin Born Mar 3, 1803 and died Sep 15, 1878. Farmer with 1000 acres. Son of John Thomas Melvin Sr., son of Daniel James Melvin Sr.
• Nancy A. Tatum Born Jan 17, 1812 and died Jul 4, 1874.
Contact Name:  James A. Crook Sr
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Date Added:  7/10/2022
Company I
Leroy Noble - Unknown   
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Contact Name:  Jodie Dailey
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Date Added:  7/11/2010
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