(1842 - 1899)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was 16 (18?) years old and living on his parents substantial farm near Olin in Iredell County, NC. Giving his age as 17, he enlisted as a Private in Captain A.K. Simonton's Company, 52nd North Carolina Volunteers on 20 April 1861. They became Company A of the 4th North Carolina Infantry in July 1861.
On the Campaign
He was slightly wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was in a Richmond hospital by 24 September and furloughed home for 30 days on 6 October 1862. He was captured at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864 and sent to Point Lookout, MD by way of Harpers Ferry, VA. He was paroled there and transferred to for exchange on 17 January 1865, with no later military record.
After the War
In 1880 he was a merchant in Atlanta, GA.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3 and the Roster,2 via the Historical Data Systems database. Personal details from family genealogists, who have his birth in 1842, and the US Census of 1860 and 1880, which estimate his birth in 1844 and 1842, respectively. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his marker has his birth in 1842.
He married Sarah Caroline Roberts (1846-1926) and they had 4 children between 1867 and 1878.
His brother William, Jr. was also a member of Company A from March 1862 to April 1863.
More on the Web
Some of his wartime letters are at the Library of Congress [finding aid].
07/31/1842; Henry County, VA
02/13/1899; Atlanta, GA; burial in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, GA
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 27566]
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 27567]