(1836 - 1909)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
He went west to Arkansas in late 1857 but was farming with his parents back in Catawba County, NC in 1860. Then age 24, he enlisted as a Musician in Company C of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 7 June 1861 in Statesvile, Iredell County.
On the Campaign
He was with his Company on the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and probably in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September.
The rest of the War
He was transferred to the regimental band in February 1863. He was surrendered and paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.
After the War
By 1880 he was a school teacher in Shiloh Township, Iredell County, but he took his family to Texas in 1885 and was again a teacher there from 1897.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3 and the Roster,2 also as Nat Raymer. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His presence at Sharpsburg and his picture, from a photograph contributed by his descendants, are from a collection of his wartime letters published as Confederate Correspondent: The Civil War Reports of Jacob Nathaniel Raymer, Fourth North Carolina (2009), edited by E.B. Munson. That volume is also source of his birth information.
He married Margaret Elizabeth Brady (1845-1933) in September 1865 and they had 3 children.
10/06/1836; Cabarrus County, NC
08/20/1909; Athens, TX; burial in Athens Cemetery, Athens, TX
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 27561]
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 27562]