The 47th Infantry Regiment was organized in March 1862, at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, North Carolina. Its companies were composed of men from Nash, Wake, Franklin, Granville, and Alamance counties. The regiment served in the Department of North Carolina until May 1863, when it moved to Virginia. During the conflict it was brigaded under Generals James Johnston Pettigrew, William W. Kirkland, and William MacRae. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Cold Harbor, then was involved in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. The unit lost over 35% of the 567 engaged at Gettysburg and reported 42 casualties at Bristoe and 20 at the Wilderness. It surrendered 5 officers and 72 men.
47th North Carolina in The Guns of the South
The 47th Regiment was one of the first CSA regiments equipped with AK-47s by the Rivington Men. They used these to great effect during the Battle of the Wilderness and the Siege of Washington City. The unit was demobilized after the Second American Revolution ended. In the aftermath of the Richmond Massacre on March 4, 1868, the unit was reactivated and played a pivotal role in the Battle for Rivington.
Harry Turtledove states in the book's afterword that all characters that appeared in the Regiment had the same names and were based on the actual members of the 47th.