(1840 - 1921)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: Wake Forest College, Class of 1859
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was teaching in Mississippi at the start of the War and returned to NC to enlist as First Sergeant of the "Hertford Grays" - later Company F, 1st North Carolina Infantry - on 5 May 1861. They mustered into Confederate service in July. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to date from 9 September 1862.
On the Campaign
He crossed the Potomac River at White's Ford with his Company on 5 September 1862 and later remembered that "the river was full of concealed rocks" and his feet were "cruelly gashed." He was with his Company on South Mountain and at Sharpsburg.
The rest of the War
He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 19 November 1862, and wounded in action at Chancellorsville, VA in May 1863. He was appointed Captain on 29 July 1863, and again wounded, at Winchester, VA on 19 September 1864. After Spottsylvania he transferred with Colonel Brown to Rodes's Division Sharpshooters. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865.
After the War
He was again a teacher, until 1886, when he was elected Clerk of the Superior Court of Hertford County, a post he held for many years. He also contributed to a history of the Hertford Grays.
References & notes
Biographical information and his presence at Sharpsburg from the Military History1. His service from the Roster 2 and his Compiled Service Records, online from fold3. The detail about his service in the Sharpshooters from Fred Ray. His experience crossing the Potomac into Maryland is from his own History of Company F, First North Carolina Infantry in The Index of 8 March 1895; a copy is in the Gettysburg park library. Thanks to Scott Hartwig3 for the pointer to that. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His photograph from Clark4
10/12/1840; Northampton County, NC
10/01/1921; Winton, NC; burial in Buckhorn Baptist Church Cemetery, Como, NC
1 Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. 4, pp. 394, 395 [AotW citation 10097]
2 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 19070]
3 Hartwig, D. Scott, To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, pp. 100-101 [AotW citation 26307]
4 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. 135 [AotW citation 10098]