(1838 - 1862)
Home State: Virginia
Branch of Service: Infantry
Raised in Suffolk, VA, he was a bookkeeper in Norfolk, but moved to Murfreesboro, Hertford County, NC in the months before the War. On 16 May 1861, then age 23, he was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company F, First North Carolina Infantry.
On the Campaign
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. Many years later Thomas D. Boone (2nd Lieutenant, Co.F) wrote:
Lt. Shepherd, L.C. Lawrence and I had squatted down just to the rear of Co. F., a bullet from the enemy's line struck Lt. S. somewhere about the heart and that noble spirit in an instant "crossed over the river."
References & notes
More on the Web
See a most excellent rendition of Lt Shepherd's story from the June 2012 edition of the newsletter [pdf] of the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society. It has his birth year as 1830.
His much younger brother James was also on the Campaign, but was discharged at Frederick, MD on 8 September 1862 for being underage.
03/30/1838; Mintonsville, VA
09/17/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk, VA