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Confederate (CSV)


William C. Goforth

(c. 1834 - 1862)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 26 year old farmer in Cleveland County, NC. He volunteered and enlisted in Shelby, NC on 18 March 1862 as a Private in Company G - the Kings Mountain Tigers - of the 49th North Carolina Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his chest and right lung and captured in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was paroled on 27 September, sent to Baltimore from Frederick, MD on 27 October, exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA, and was admitted to CS General Hospital #7 in Richmond, VA on 4 November. He died there on 16 November 1862; the hospital noted that he had been of feeble health before the war. His widow Fannie applied for his personal effects and final pay in April 1864.

References & notes

His service from Moore,1 as W.C. Goforth, and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.

He married Frances "Fannie" Hardin and they had a son, Preston (Sylvanus Preston Goforth, 1860-1930).


c. 1834; Kings Mountain, NC


11/16/1862; Richmond, VA


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. III, pp. 410 - 414  [AotW citation 12321]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 30254]