(1839 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: University of North Carolina, Class of 1860;Class Rank: 2/84
Branch of Service: Infantry
He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1860, and was a student at the Columbia (SC) Theological Seminary immediately before the War. He enlisted as Private in the Guilford Grays - Company B of the 27th North Carolina Infantry in April 1861, and served as chaplain. He transferred to and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company F, 46th Infantry in May 1862, listed from Guilford County.
On the Campaign
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.
The rest of the War
He was killed in action at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862 - shot in the temple. The historian of the Guilford Grays describes it:
At the battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13th, 1862, as his regiment was passing in our [27th Infantry's] rear, at the foot of Marye's Hill, Sam halted a moment to speak to Col. [John Alexander] Gilmer, who had been wounded as we were moving into our position, and was advising him to leave the field. While thus conversing with the Colonel and the writer, he was struck by a minie-ball, and instantly killed, falling lifeless at our feet. His remains were carried to Greensboro, and buried in the Presbyterian burying-grounds.
References & notes
10/12/1839; Greensboro, NC
12/13/1862; Frederickburg, VA; burial in First Presbyterian Churchyard, Greensboro, NC
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. 3, pp. 307 - 313 [AotW citation 12793]
2 Sloan, John Alexander, Reminiscences of the Guilford Grays, Co. B., 27th N. C. Regiment, Washington DC: R. C. Polkinhorn, printer, 1883, pp. 33 - 34 [AotW citation 12799]