(1841 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: U of North Carolina, Class of 1860
Branch of Service: Infantry
He had been a top scholar and had perfect attendance at the University of North Carolina. On 22 April 1861, by then a 19 year old teacher in Oxford, Orange County, he mustered as Corporal, Company D, 12th North Carolina Infantry in Granville County. He was reduced in rank to Private on 28 February 1862.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded by gunshot to the ankle and captured in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.
The rest of the War
His lower leg was amputated but he died of his wound on 1 October 1862 in a US Army hospital in Middletown, MD.
After the War
His remains were retrieved by his brother Richard H. Battle and brought to Chapel Hill in April 1866.
References & notes
Service from the Roster 1 via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from a piece about his reinterment in the Wilmington Journal of 26 April 1866 and Kemp P. Battle's History of the University of North Carolina (1907). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in Clark's Histories.2 His brother Wesley Lewis Battle, Lieutenant, 37th NC Infantry, died of wounds after Gettysburg in 1863, and was also returned home in 1866.
08/13/1841; Raleigh, NC
10/01/1862 Middletown, MD; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC
1 Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966- [AotW citation 19156]
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, after pg. 604 [AotW citation 19157]