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40th Infantry Regiment

The 40th 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 Artillery Guards.
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.

40th Regiment Volunteers