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Confederate (CSV)


William Thomas Ennett

(1837 - 1889)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: University of North Carolina (class 1862);
University of Maryland, Medicine, Class of 1867

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

From Onslow County, he enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company E, 3rd North Carolina Infantry on 16 May 1861 and was promoted to Captain on 12 December 1861.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was sent home on wounded furlough from 24 September into December and was back on Duty in January 1863. He was wounded again, by a gunshot at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May and in hospitals in Richmond, VA and Wilmington, NC to at least 31 August 1863. By October 1863 he was acting Major of the regiment and was promoted to that rank on 6 December 1863 (to date from 3 October). He was captured on 10 or 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA, was a prisoner at Fort Delaware until sent to Hilton Head, SC on 25 June. He may have been one of the "Immortal 600" at Charleston, SC and was exchanged on 10 August 1864. He was absent on furlough September - November 1864 but was surrendered and paroled with the regiment at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

After medical school he established a practice at Rocky Point, Pender County, NC. By 1880 he was a physician in Burgaw in Pender County. He moved to Wilmington, NC shortly before his death in 1889.

References & notes

Service information from Moore1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. His Sharpsburg wound also in a casualty list in the Fayetteville Semi-Weekly Observer of 29 September 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860, and his death notice in the North Carolina Medical Journal (June 1889). Thanks to Tom DeNardo for that casualty list and the pointer to Ennett.

He married Sarah Pricilla "Sallie" McIntire (1844-1897) in September 1866 and they had 3 daughters.


11/19/1837; Stump Sound, Onslow County, NC


06/25/1889; New Hanover County, NC; burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, NC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 1, pg. 96  [AotW citation 28519]

2   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 28520]