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B.C. Manly

B.C. Manly

Confederate (CSV)


Basil Charles Manly


(1839 - 1882)

Home State: North Carolina

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Manly's (NC) Battery


see his Battle Report

Before Sharpsburg

The son of former North Carolina Governor (1848-50) J. Charles Manly, in 1860 he was a 21 year old lawyer living with his parents and siblings in Raleigh, NC. On 16 April 1861 he enrolled as First Lieutenant of Company A of the 10th North Carolina State Troops (First Artillery) in Raleigh, and was promoted to Captain the same day. He led his battery at Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, Savage Station, and Malvern Hill, VA.

On the Campaign

His battery, attached to General Semmes' Brigade, of General McLaws' Division, served in the defense of the South Mountain position at Crampton's Gap on 14 September 1862.

The brigade was sent to support General Stuart's cavalry at the leftmost part of the Confederate line on 17 September at Sharpsburg - it is not clear specifically what role the battery played in the battle.

The rest of the War

He was at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness, VA with his battery and was appointed Major of Artillery in November 1864. He was with General Joseph Johnston at his surrender near Durham Station, NC in April 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was a successful farmer at Forrestville in Wake County, NC. He was elected Mayor of Raleigh in 1875 and reelected to 6 consecutive 1-year terms. He died during in office on 15 May 1882.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His slightly retouched photo here is from Clark.2.

He married Lucy Haywood Bryan (1831-1930) in November 1866 and they had 2 sons.

More on the Web

See a really nice "discovery" piece on the Captain from a family genealogist.


05/09/1839; Raleigh, NC


05/15/1882; Raleigh, NC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 29559]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 1, facing pg. 489  [AotW citation 1030]