(1826 - 1862)
Home State: North Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
Age 34, from Wayne County, he enlisted as Private, Company I, 15th North Carolina Infantry on 15 July 1862 as Azel A. Batten.
On the Campaign
He was mortally wounded in the knee and chest in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862, and captured there.
The rest of the War
He died of wounds on 3 November 1862 at Burkittsville and was originally buried "close along the fence on west side of woods back of graveyard in Burkettsville [Burkittsviile, Maryland]" and probably reinterred at Hagerstown in about 1874.
References & notes
Burial information from Pruett,1 as Ayel A Batten. Service data from Moore,2 who says he was killed at Sharpsburg on 17 September, the Roster,3 as A.A. Batten, and his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists. A memorial to him in the family cemetery is on Findagrave; his marker has him in "Co. I, 11th Battalion", which may represent service earlier in 1862.
His widow Caroline applied for his pay and benefits in January 1864. They had married in April 1850 and had at least 5 children.
1826; Johnston County, NC
11/03/1862; Burkittsville, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD
1 Pruett, Samuel, and Poffenberger & Good, Greg Farino and Western Maryland Regional Library (WMRL), Washington Confederate Cemetery, possible burials, Hagerstown (MD): WHILBR, 2010 [AotW citation 4554]
2 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, pp. 545 - [AotW citation 7472]
3 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 26229]