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Confederate (CSV)


John William Marshall Speece


(1841 - 1906)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Iredell County, he enlisted as a Private in Company H, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 1 March 1862 at Williamsburg, NC.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in his chest in action in the Sunken Road on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He was in a Richmond, VA hospital by 14 October 1862 and was furloughed home on the 16th with no later military record.

After the War

He was "crippled" by his wounds but by 1880 and to at least 1900 he was a farmer in Union Grove, Iredell County, NC.

References & notes

His service from Moore's Roster,1 which has him as J.W. Spicer, and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3, also as John W. Speice. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Thanks to hjrspeece for the pointer to Speece.

He married Lydia Caroline Goforth (1845-1928) in October 1864 and they had 11 children.


03/15/1841; Iredell County, NC


07/24/1906; Iredell County, NC; burial in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Statesville, 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. 1, pg. 148  [AotW citation 14235]

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 27588]