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Confederate (CSV)


Nathan William Snead

(1840 - 1862)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: University of North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 20th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 21 year old student in Chapel Hill, he enlisted as Private, Company H, 20th North Carolina Infantry, date not given.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862, probably in the Sunken Road.

The rest of the War

His brother Edward D. Snead (1837-1914), then Assistant Surgeon, 13th North Carolina Infantry, was at Sharpsburg and wrote to their brother Tom (1832-1911) about trying to find Nathan's body but said that "they were all disfigured" and he could not identify it.

After the War

The University awarded him a posthumous AB degree (to date from 1864) in 1911.

References & notes

Service from the Roster,1 which has him as missing with no further record after Sharpsburg. Details from family letters and other information online from the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center. His memorial in the Antioch Church Cemetery at Strickland Crossroads, NC is on Findagrave.


04/05/1840; Johnston County, NC


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   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 25830]