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Confederate (CSV)


Robert Franklin Craven

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 19 year old farmer in eastern Randolph County, he enlisted in Company H, 3rd North Carolina Infantry on 17 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was captured, possibly left behind sick, on 12 September 1862 in Frederick, MD.

The rest of the War

He was held at Fort Delaware and exchanged on 10 November. He was then in a hospital in Lynchburg, VA. He wrote his mother on 18 November 1862:

I have been unwell about three weeks but am getting about straight again. I am here at Lynchburg in the Longhorn Hospital but I reckon that I shall start to the regiment before many days ...
However he did not recover. He died of "hydrothorax"* on 21 (or 22) December 1862.

References & notes

Service information from Moore1 and Manarin et al.2 The quote above thanks to Griff who transcribed the letter on Spared & Shared. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1860. His gravesite on Findagrave has his birth date as 13 December 1841.

*Hydrothorax is accumulation of fluid around the lungs, usually associated with congestive heart failure or, less often, end-stage liver disease.


10/13/1841; Randolph County, NC


12/21/1862; Lynchburg, VA; burial in Concord Cemetery, Coleridge, Randolph 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. 109  [AotW citation 24805]

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 24806]