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Confederate (CSV)


Henry Bonner

(1839 - 1914)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 20 years old and lived with his older step-brother John, a successful merchant at Durham's Creek in Beaufort County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company I, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 25 June 1861 in Beaufort County. He was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on 10 September and appointed First Sergeant of the Company on 5 December 1861. On 27 February 1862 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company and probably wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862:

All the officers of this noble regiment [the 4th North Carolina] present at Sharpsburg were killed or wounded. Their names deserve to be preserved ... Lieutenants Stansill, Cotton, Allen, Parker, Brown, Weaver, Crawford, and Bonner ...

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant 24 September 1862 but was sick in hospitals into March 1863 and resigned his commission on 6 June 1863 on a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability. It was formally accepted 6 August 1863.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Richland Township, Beaufort County.

References & notes

His service from Moore,1 the Roster,2 via the Historical Data Systems database, and his Compiled Service Records,3 via fold3. The Sharpsburg quote from General D.H. Hill's Report. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1910, and his obituary in the Raleigh News and Observer of 18 January 1914. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah Augusta Guilford (1843-1882) in May 1868 and they had 8 children. He married again, her sister Rebecca Florence Guilford (1856-1915) in April 1883, and they had 6 more.


12/02/1839; Washington, NC


01/05/1914; Aurora, NC; burial in Guilford Cemetery, Washington, Beaufort County, 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. 150  [AotW citation 21460]

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-  [AotW citation 21461]

3   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 27488]