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S. McD. Tate

S. McD. Tate

Confederate (CSV)


Samuel McDowell Tate

(1830 - 1897)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He had been a merchant in Philadelphia, PA to 1850, afterward in Burke County, NC. In 1860 he was a fairly wealthy 29 year old, by then agent of the new Western North Carolina Railroad. He was appointed Captain, Company D, 6th North Carolina Infantry on 20 May 1861 and first saw action at First Manassas in July.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the neck in action on 17 September 1862 at Sharpsburg while second-in-command of the regiment.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major (to date from 11 June 1862 and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 2 July 1863. He was briefly in command of Hoke's brigade in November and December 1863, and was wounded again, in action at Cedar Creek, VA on 19 October 1864. He was wounded for the third time at Ft. Stedman, VA in April 1865 and was at home in Morganton, NC on furlough at war's end. He was paroled there on 16 May 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was in Morganton, NC, a railroad superintendent. He was later President of the Western NC Railroad, a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, and held other public offices 1874-94.

References & notes

His service from Iobst1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from his bio sketch in the NCPedia, family genealogists, and the US Census of 1860 and 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from Clark3.

He married Jane Sophronia Pearson (1843-1902) and they had 11 children between 1867 and 1889.


09/06/1830; Morganton, NC


06/25/1897; Morganton, NC; burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Morganton, NC


1   Iobst, Richard William, and Louis H. Manarin, Wade Lucas, The Bloody Sixth : the Sixth North Carolina Regiment, Confederate States of America, Raleigh: North Carolina Confederate Centennial Commission, 1965, pg. 284  [AotW citation 6307]

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 30458]

3   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, before pg. 293  [AotW citation 6321]