(1818 - 1876)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: University of North Carolina, Class of 1841
Branch of Service: Infantry
By 1844 he was practicing law in Monroe, NC, and was a local politician and militia officer in Union County. On 25 February 1862, then age 44, he mustered into State service, and was elected Captain, Company F, 48th North Carolina Infantry on 4 March. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on 11 April 1862.
On the Campaign
He was in action with the regiment at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was slightly wounded in the hip at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He was promoted to Colonel on 7 March 1864 (to date from 4 December 1863) and wounded again, in the Wilderness, VA in May. He was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.
After the War
He was elected to the US Congress in 1865, but was denied a seat (as were all former Confederate officers).
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists, especially J.H. McDowell's The McDowells ... and Connections (1918, online), and a bio sketch in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (1979-96), online from NCPedia. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an etching after a photograph in Clark.2
His personal papers, including his wartime diary, are in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina [finding aid]. That diary was published as Writings of a Rebel Colonel (2021), edited by Kemp Burpeau.
He married Margaret Pamelia Reese "Minnie" Price (1837-1880) in October 1860 and they had 7 children.
01/22/1818; Mecklenburg County, NC
10/26/1876; Monroe, NC; burial in Suncrest Cemetery, Monroe, NC
1 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 26702]
2 Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 3, opp. pg. 113 [AotW citation 26703]