(1841 - 1910)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
A farmer in Orange County, he enlisted in the Orange Guards (later Company G, 27th North Carolina Infantry) on 18 June 1861 at age 20.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in the leg and captured in action on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was hospitalized in Frederick, MD. He was exchanged on 2 May 1863 at City Point, VA. and was discharged on disability on 15 August 1864.
After the War
[In 1882] Mr. Willie T. Patterson, an experienced bookkeeper, and of rare business talent, entered on the duties of Bursar [of the University of North Carolina], with intelligent zeal which had no impairment by the loss of a leg at Sharpsburg. Although a private in the Confederate Army he was generally called Major Patterson.He was Bursar for 27 years from 1882 - 1909.
References & notes
Basic information from Wilson1. Some detail from the US Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database. Service data from the Roster2. The quote above from Kemp P. Battle's History of the University of North Carolina (1912), Volume II [electronic edition from UNC]. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave. Patterson's first name is less commonly listed as William.
01/10/1910; burial in Patterson Family Cemetery, Chapel Hill, 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 9976]
2 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-, Vol. VIII [AotW citation 10033]