(1826 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, 4th North Carolina State Troops on 16 May 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 2 June 1862, and Captain on 19 June.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded in action in the Bloody Lane at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
This gallant regiment, which has never been surpassed by any troops in the world for gallantry, subordination, and propriety, was commanded by the heroic Captain [William T.] Marsh, and, after his fall, by the equally heroic Captain [D. P.] Latham, who shared the same fate.
The rest of the War
He died of wounds on 27 September 1862 at a US Army hospital near Sharpsburg, and was originally buried "In Benj. Grave's [Grove's] old orchard". Probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
His service data from North Carolina Troops 1 via the Historical Data Systems database. His brief command of the regiment from the Organization of the Armies in Carman,2 who has him as killed outright on 17 September. The quote above from General D.H. Hill's Report. His birth information from Marilu Burch Smallwood's Some Colonial and Revolutionary Families of North Carolina (Vol. II, 1969), detailed online by genealogist Ray Gurganus. His burial detail from Pruitt,3 who has him as Lt D.P. Latham, 1st North Carolina Infantry.
9/6/1826; Washington, Beaufort County, NC
9/27/1862 Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
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 18500]
2 Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. II, pg. 564 [AotW citation 18501]
3 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4801]