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Confederate (CSV)


Wiley Earnhart

(1836 - 1906)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Rowan (NC) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 24 year old day laborer and lived on his parent's farm at Gold Hill near Salisbury, NC. He enlisted in Salisbury as a Private in Company D - the Rowan Artillery - First North Carolina Light Artillery (10th Regiment State Troops) on 11 March 1862.

On the Campaign

Initially listed as missing, he was captured in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was back with his battery by December 1862 and was with it to at least February 1865, the last record in his military file.

After the War

By 1880 he was farming his own place at Gold Hill, NC, but in 1900 was a day laborer there.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3. Clark2 has him as missing at Sharpsburg. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1900.

He married Christina Elizabeth Kirk (1845-1933) in May 1871 and they had 4 daughters, then 4 sons.

His brothers Abraham (1833-1862) and Robert (1839-1919) also enlisted as Privates in the battery in March 1862; Abraham was mortally wounded in action near Richmond, VA on 1 July 1862, Robert may have been wounded (date and place not known) but survived to the surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA.


04/13/1836; Rowan County, NC


01/1906; Gold Hill, 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 28820]

2   Clark, Walter, editor, Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War, 1861-1865, 5 vols., Raleigh and Goldsboro (NC): E. M. Uzzell, Nash Brothers, printers, 1901, Vol. 1, pg. 575  [AotW citation 28821]