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Confederate (CSV)


John Newton Charles

(1837 - 1931)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 19 year old student living on his parent's farm at Farmington, Davie County, NC. He enlisted as a Private in Company G of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 4 June 1861 at Mocksville. He was wounded at Seven Pines, VA on 31 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was paroled at Sharpsburg on 27 September and was furloughed for 60 days from a Richmond, VA hospital on 22 (or 26) November 1862. He was listed as detailed as "assistant Tythe [tithe/tax] collector" in Davie County in April 1864, the last military record in his file.

After the War

In 1880 he was a merchant at Jerusalem, Davie County, NC. By 1900 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer there.

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 1860-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Sarah "Sallie" Bessent (1849-1915) in January 1871 and they had 6 children.

His daughter Lila Rebeckah Charles (1873-1954) applied for a government headstone for him in July 1933.


04/1837; Guilford County, NC


11/22/1931; in NC; burial in Jerusalem Baptist 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 27606]

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 27607]