The 38th NC Infantry was organized on 17 January 1862 at Camp Mangum near Raleigh, N.C. with Col William J. Hoke, uncle of Major General Robert F. Hoke, as its first commander.
The 38th North Carolina soon found itself in the thick of the action. Serving for 3 years in the Pender-Scales Brigade. The 38th fought along side the 13th,16th,34th and the 22nd North Carolina regiments. The William Dorsey Pender / Alfred Scales Brigade fought for 3 years under such famous generals as A.P. Hill, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and Robert E. Lee.
As a part of the Pender/Scales Brigade the 38th fought in twenty(20) battles, stretching from the battles around Richmond comprising the “Seven Days Battles”, to the end at Appomattox Court House. The battle of “Gettysburg”, as a defining moment in American History, was on a smaller scale, a defining moment in the life of the 38th North Carolina Infantry. This Battle saw the highest casualties of a single battle. It is generally considered that the 26th N.C. suffered 90% casualties during the famous 3rd day battle known as, Pickett’s Charge, with 803 men going into the battle and only 95 coming out.
The 38th N.C. also suffered a 90% causality rate, as it breached the Federal lines, at the now famous “Corps of Trees” and became a part of the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy”. The same sense of duty, honor and commitment, which was prevalent then, is active and well today. We believe in the higher purpose and that being the remembrance of those who have gone before us. The 38th N.C. Infantry was re-activated on 12 January, 2008. We are the recipients of a glorious past, and we now work to build on this foundation.