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Confederate (CSV)


James Young Whitted

(1836 - 1926)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a tobacco manufacturer in Hillsborough before the War, starting the firm Webb & Whitted in 1859, and is credited with originating the blend known as Bull Durham. Enrolled as 3rd Lieutenant in Company G on 20 April 1861. Promoted to First Lieutenant on 17 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in command of Company G as senior officer present at Sharpsburg. He was wounded in the knee and captured in action there on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Paroled on 5 November 1862, transferred to Aiken's Landing, VA, and exchanged on 10 November 1862. Promoted to Captain on 5 December 1862. He was discharged in 7 April 1863 on disability from his Sharpsburg wound.

After the War

In 1867 he started another chewing-tobacco firm: J.Y. Whitted & Company, in Hillsborough. He moved his company to Durham in 1884. He later retired to Greensboro and lived with his daughter.

References & notes

Basic information from Wilson1. Some detail from the US Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database. Further information from anecdotes posted by the Museum of Durham History, and from family genealogists. Parents: Henry Whitted and Annie Faucette. His brother Jehu (or Jehue) was also at Sharpsburg.

More on the Web

See an illustrated feature on his Durham factory building from Endangered/Open Durham.


05/15/1836; Orange County, NC


05/11/1926; Greensboro, NC; burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, NC


1   Wilson, William P., Adjutant, Casualty list of the 27th N.C.S.T. at Sharpsburg, North Carolina Standard, 1862-10-15  [AotW citation 9962]