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Skirmishing at Fort Pocahantas

Members of the 151st PVI (1st/11th NC)  along with USCT troops are fighting with CS cavalary outside the walls of Ft Pocahontas, near Charles City, VA

 Presentation at the North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park

Membership has it's benefits!  As a result of being part of a living history program, we had the privilage to recreate some of the action that NC troops experienced on the battlefield ! We will be returning this summer!

Sunrise in camp

At any event, there is something very alluring to waking up to campfires and coffee on a cool morning!

The Historic Hope Plantation

Our members along with members from other NC groups participated in an encampment on the grounds of the Historic Hope Plantation in Windsor, NC.

Camping Along the James River.

Some campsites are better than others. Here we were able to establish our HQ on the bluffs inside of Fort Pocahantas

Roughing it under canvas!!

For troops in the field, less often is more. 

About Us

1st North Carolina Volunteers

11th North Carolina Regiment


Founded in 1975, our regiment in one of the oldest and continually operating Civil War reenacting units in North Carolina. Our members come from all walks of life and reside mainly in the eastern two-thirds of our state, however three states are also represented in our ranks.  We are bound together by a common interest and admiration of North Carolina’s soldiers from this time period and have dedicated ourselves to portray them as authentically as possible. We utilize uniforms, weapons, and equipment that have the highest degree of historical accuracy available to achieve this means.


Our organization has two major goals: The main emphasis is to portray the soldiers from NC during the period the period 1861-1865.  The military units we represent to accomplish this impression are the 1st North Carolina Volunteers (the Bethel Regiment) and the 11th North Carolina Regiment.  This allows us the flexibility to adapt to any   reenactment period and still remain historically correct.    Our other goal is to educate the general public about the many dimensions of a soldier’s life and what he might have endured including living conditions, drill, combat, weapons, food, and other aspects of his life from this period. We often coordinate our efforts with those of state and national historic sites to increase public awareness regarding the preservation and recognition of those invaluable treasures and assist in fundraising events to aid in preservation efforts.


We are asked many times why we participate in such an activity as reenacting.  Perhaps the late Bruce Catton, author of many books on the subject, best sums up our collective feelings:

“We are the people to whom the past is forever speaking.  We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks with many voices.  For out of that nowhere, which is the time before we were born, men who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone, went through fire and storm to break a path to the future.  We are a part of the future they died for; they are a part of the past that brought the future.  What they did – the stories they told and the songs they sang, and finally, the deaths they died, make up a part of our own experiences. We cannot cut ourselves off from it. It is as real to us as something that happened last week.  It is a basic part of our heritage as Americans.”

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Lee Gordon

383 St. Mary's Rd.

Hillsborough, NC 27278




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