(1830 - 1863)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
A wealthy landowner at the outbreak of the War, he first enlisted as a private soldier in the Bladen Guards, a NC Militia unit. They soon became Company K of the 18th Infantry, and Purdie was commissioned 1st Lieutenant on 20 April 1861. He was promoted Captain of the Company (probably March 1862 to replace Capt. Tait), then elected Major of the regiment on 24 April 1862. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel prior to the Maryland Campaign.
On the Campaign
He was in command of the Regiment in Maryland on the absence of Colonel Robert H. Cowan.
The rest of the War
He was appointed Colonel to date from 11 November 1862 on the resignation of Colonel Cowan (illness). He was wounded in action at Fredericksburg in December, and killed at Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863.
References & notes
06/22/1830; Bladen County, NC
05/03/1863 Chancellorsville, VA; burial in Purdie-Richardson Cemetery, Bladen County, NC