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Confederate (CSV)


Festus Franklin Wooten

(1842 - 1928)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 17 year old farm boy on his parent's place at Union Grove in Iredell County, NC. He enlisted at Williamsburg, NC as a Private in Company H of the 4th North Carolina Infantry on 1 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 by a gunshot to his right forefinger and again captured, at Chancellorsville, VA, on 3 May 1863. He was admitted to the Lincoln General Hospital in Washington, DC on 13 May, and his finger was amputated. While a patient, he was the subject of a CSA Court Martial (about 18 May 1863), charge and outcome unknown. He was sent to the Old Capitol Prison "cured" on 11 June, was exchanged at City Point, VA on 30 June 1863, and was afterward in a hospital in Petersburg, VA to 17 August 1863.

He returned to his Company and was captured for the third time at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864 and a prisoner at Point Lookout, MD until he was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, VA on 15 March 1865.

After the War

By 1870 and to 1925, when he finally sold out and retired, he was a farmer in Bethany Township, Iredell County, NC.

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 1860-1880 and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married the war widow Sarah M Huie Walker (1843-1915) and they had 6 children between 1867 and 1887. Her first husband James L. Walker (1836-1863) was also from Union Grove, a Private in Company H of the 4th Infantry (the older of 2 James L Walkers), and was killed at Chancellorsville.


10/15/1842; Surry County, NC


03/24/1928; Concord, NC; burial in South River Baptist Church Cemetery, Statesville, 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 27651]

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 27652]