(1842 - 1921)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Age 22, from Rowan County, known as Crawford, he enlisted there as a Private in Company K of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 7 March 1862.
On the Campaign
He was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was briefly a prisoner at Fort Delaware, sent to Aiken's Landing, VA on 2 October for exchange, and was formally exchanged on 10 November. He was wounded at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 and captured there. He was in a hospital in Baltimore until transferred to the prison at Fort McHenry on 2 March 1864. He was sent on to Point Lookout, MD on 21 July 1864 and exchanged at Cox's Landing on the James River, VA on 20 February 1865. He was paroled on 15 May 1865 at Salisbury, NC.
After the War
By 1880 and to at least 1920 he was a farmer at Gold Hill in Rowan County, NC. His son Robert Lee Peeler (1886-1973) and his family were living with him and helping with the farm in 1920.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 via fold3, as William D.C. Peeler, and the Roster,2 as W.D.C. Peeler. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880-1920. His gravesite is on Findagrave.
He married Mary Elizabeth Lingle (1848-1914) in April 1872 and they had 9 children.
09/02/1842; Rowan County, NC
06/21/1921; Rowan County, NC; burial in Shiloh Reformed Church Cemetery, Faith, 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 27640]
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 27641]