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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant

William Jasper Christian

(1839 - 1920)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He enlisted at age 20 in Orange County, NC in Company C, 6th North Carolina Infantry on 1 May 1861. He mustered in as a Corporal, and was promoted to Sergeant 1 April 1862. He was elected 2nd Lieutenant on 15 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863. He was captured at Rappahannock Station, VA on 7 November 1863 and held at Johnson's Island, OH until released on 12 June 1865.

After the War

He clerked in a general store and for Rigsbee & Co. He was in elected office in Durham County as clerk of courts, and in the city of Durham on the council and as Mayor for two terms. He was then a banker - becoming president of the Merchant's Bank in Durham by 1913.

References & notes

Basic information from Iobst1, with details from a bio sketch in History of North Carolina: North Carolina biography (1919). His gravesite is on Findagrave (probably listing wrong birth date). He died of Bright's disease.

Birth

12/13/1839; Orange County, NC

Death

05/02/1920 Durham, NC; burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC

Notes

1   Iobst, Richard William, and Louis H. Manarin, Wade Lucas, The Bloody Sixth : the Sixth North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America, Raleigh: North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, 1965, pg. 321  [AotW citation 15427]