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Confederate (CSV)


Thomas Morris Ball

(1833 - 1894)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 26 years old and lived on his millwright father Sampson's place in Fraley's District, Iredell County, NC. He enlisted as 4th Corporal of Company H, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 13 June 1861 in Statesville, NC.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left hand at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863, and was in hospitals in Richmond and Danville, VA through July. He was transferred to the CS Navy on 30 December 1863.

He was a Landsman on receiving ship CSS Arctic, was aboard the steam-powered ironclad ramCSS Raleigh (wrecked in May 1864), and was on CSS Bombshell when she was captured on Albemarle Sound on 5 May 1864. He was held at Point Lookout, MD until released on 16 June 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farmer at Union Grove in Iredell County, NC.

References & notes

His service and other details from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3 and the Roster,2 via the Historical Data Systems database. Navy details from the NC Civil War Sailors Project, online from Bruce Long. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Julia Lazenby (1837-1928) in 1867 (?) and they had at least 9 children.


08/31/1833; Union Grove, NC


08/05/1894; Asheville, NC; burial in Morgan Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Weaverville, 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 27495]

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 27496]