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E.F. Powell

E.F. Powell

Confederate (CSV)


Edward F. Powell

(1842 - 1920)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 19, from Gates County, he enlisted on 30 May 1861 in Weldon, NC as a Private in Company H, 5th North Carolina Infantry. He was appointed 3rd Corporal before 18 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain (near Boonsboro, MD) on 14 September 1862. He was struck by a bullet which entered his left cheek, fractured his inferior maxillary (cheek) bone, and went out his neck or shoulder near the spine.

The rest of the War

He was disabled by his wounds and absent in hospitals in Richmond, VA (to April 1863) and Greensboro and Salisbury, NC for the rest of the war, and was detached for duty as a nurse in CSA General Hospital #10 (and/or #9) in Salisbury, NC by May 1864. He was promoted to First Corporal about January 1863, 5th Sergeant on 1 September, and 4th Sergeant by November 1863. He was in a Richmond, VA hospital from 27 July to 2 August 1864, then furloughed home to Gatesville, NC for 2 months; his wound was then still open. He was again serving as a nurse, at Way Hospital #3 in Salisbury, by February 1865. He was paroled at Salisbury on 2 May 1865.

After the War

By 1880 and to at least 1910 he was a farmer in Holly Grove, Gates County, NC.

References & notes

Service information from Moore,1 who lists him as a deserter, and his Compiled Service Records via fold3.2 Personal details from family genalogists and the US Census for 1880 - 1910. His memorial is on Findagrave, with slightly incorrect cemetery information. His picture from an excellent photograph now in the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs at the Library of Congress.

He married Margaret A Benton (1842-1911) in February 1866 and they had 9 children between 1867 and 1889.

Thanks to GGGrandson Josh Powell for his ancestor's later service history, burial details, and for the poke to improve our information about him. Josh also kindly supplied a fine post-war photograph, posted to the blog.


03/20/1842; Gates County, NC


06/24/1920; Holly Grove, NC; burial in Private family cemetery (on Savage Road), near Sunbury, 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, pp. 175 - 195  [AotW citation 9803]

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 26455]