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Confederate (CSV)


Peter Anderson Safret, Jr.

(1840 - 1922)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In August 1860 he was 19 years old and lived on his father's small farm at Mt. Vernon in Rowan County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 12 March 1862 at Salisbury.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his left arm in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862 and was captured, possibly at Sharpsburg later in the month.

The rest of the War

He was paroled at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on 11 October and sent to Fortress Monroe, VA for exchange. He was on light duty in hospitals from March 1863 to April 1864 and was on furlough home in June 1864. He was wounded again, in the leg, and captured at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864. He was a prisoner at Point Lookout by 22 November 1864 and was released after taking an oath of allegiance on 20 June 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Scotch Irish Township, Rowan County. By 1920 he'd finally retired and lived with his daughter Lilly's family in China Grove Township.

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; records which also have him as P.A. Saffret, and Peter A. Safur, Safort, Lafort, and Lafreh. Personal details from family genealogists, who also have him as Peter Anderson Safrit, and the US Census of 1860 (as Peter Siffret)-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone has him as P.A. Safriet.

He married Margaret Catherine Donahoo (1844-1871) in December 1866 and they had 3 children between 1867 and 1871.


12/24/1840; Iredell County, NC


01/09/1922; in NC; burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, China Grove, 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 27501]

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 27502]