Regiment NC State Troops, also known as the 3rd Artillery was organized
at Bald Head Island (Smith's Island) in 1863. It was made up of several
artillery companies that had previously been formed in 1861 and 1862.
The regiment contained men from Lenoir, Beaufort, Pamlico, Richmond,
Robeson, Wayne, Wilson, Edgecombe, Greene, New Hanover, Bladen, Anson
and Chatham counties. The regiment had a total of 14 companies.
Company A was known as the "Lenoir Braves" and was from Lenoir county.
Companies B & C, known as the McMilan Artillery and Bridgers'
Artillery respectively were made up of men from Beaufort county.
Company E, known as the "Scotch Greys" was organized in Richmond and
Robeson counties. The 2nd (of 3) G Company was known as the Orange
Light Artillery, and the 2nd K Company was called the Bladen
The 2nd H Company, called Captain Edward Dudley Hall's Company, was
from Wilmington. Captain Edward Dudley Hall was born 7 September 1823
in Wilmington. He was a turpentine distiller in Wilmington before the
war. He also served as a state legislator and county sheriff. After the
war he was a state senator, police chief of Wilmington and mayor. He
died 11 June 1896 and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery.