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Confederate (CSV)


Thomas Wiley Edwards

(1842 - 1921)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 17 years old and lived with his father Ransom, a miller, and family at Houstonville, Iredell County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company H, 4th North Carolina Infantry on 13 June 1861 in Statesville.

On the Campaign

He was captured at Boonesboro, MD on 15 September 1862 - the day following the regiment's fight at Fox's Gap on South Mountain.

The rest of the War

He was a prisoner at Fort Delaware by about 20 September, paroled and sent to Aiken's Landing, VA for exchange on 2 October, and declared exchanged on 10 November 1862. He was wounded at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 but was back with his Company in October 1863. He was furloughed for 60 days in August 1864, ill with gastritis, but was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

By 1880 he was farming at Callahan in Davie County, NC. In 1900 he was a miller at Cool Spring in Iredell County. By 1920 he was retired, a widower, and was living with his daughter Lillie's family back in Statesville.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, and the Roster.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


12/07/1842; Mocksville, NC


08/30/1921; Statesville, NC; burial in New Union Methodist Church Cemetery, Mocksville, 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 27528]

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 27529]