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B.C. Manly

B.C. Manly

Confederate (CSA)


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 NC Governor (1848-50) Charles Manly of North Carolina, he volunteered in Company A of the 10th North Carolina State Troops at Raleigh N.C. in April 1861, and was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain of his battery on April 16, 1862 when the original Captain, Steven Ramseur, was appointed colonel of the 49th NC Infantry.

The battery fought at Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Cold Harbor, Savage Station, and Malvern Hill.

On the Campaign

Manly's Battery, attached to Gen Semmes' Brigade, of Gen McLaws' Division, served in the defense of the South Mountain position at Crampton's Gap on September 14th.

The brigade was sent to support Gen Stuart at the leftmost part of the Confederate line on the 17th 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 with his battery. He was appointed Major of Artillery in November 1864, and was with General Joseph Johnston at his surrender near Durham Station, N.C. in April 1865.

After the War

In Raleigh he may have practiced law. He was elected Mayor of Raleigh in 1875 for seven consecutive 1-year terms. He died during his last term of office on May 15, 1882.

References & notes

Primary source for information here is Manly family geneology and his spot in the Political Graveyard. The slightly retouched photo here is from Clark1.

More on the Web

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


5/9/1839; Raleigh, NC


5/15/1882; Raleigh, NC; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC


1   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]