JOHNSTON, William [1817 – 20 May 1896] – MECKLENBURG COUNTY – DECISION MAKER at the Seven Hour Session on 20 May 1861 SECESSION CONVENTION. Did not Fight. Survived the War; in 1860, the Value of His Real Estate is listed as $130,000 and his Personal Estate is $96,000; Occupation: a 36 year old lawyer living Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC; resigned the 1861 Convention to accept the position of Commissary General of North Carolina; ran against and lost to Zebulon B. Vance for the postion of Governor of North Carolina in 1862
VOTES [20 May 1861]: SECESSION: Yes; CONV. PRESIDENT: Edwards; JOIN CONFEDERACY: Yes; CONVENTION ORDINANCE JOINING THE CONFEDERACY BE SUBMITTED TO ALL NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS : No
Men from Nash and Wilson Counties who were sent off to war by William JOHNSTON of Mecklenburg County and his fellow Affluent, Politically Connected, Secessionist Delegates from the North Carolina counties on 20 May 1861:
55th North Carolina Infantry, Company A: WILSON COUNTY
[men listed for this company are from Wilson County, NC, unless otherwise indicated]
55th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in May, 1862. Its companies were recruited in the counties of Pitt, Wilson, Wilkes, Cleveland, Burke, Catawba, Johnston, Alexander, Onslow, Franklin, and Granville. The unit served in the Department of North Carolina, then moved to Virginia where it was assigned to General J.R. Davis’ and Cooke’s Brigade. It fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Cold Harbor, served in the Petersburg trenches south of the James River, and took part in the Appomattox operations. The regiment lost thirty-one percent of the 640 engaged at Gettysburg and fifty-nine percent of the 340 at The Wilderness It surrendered [at Appomottox Court House, with 4 officers and 77 men alive on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonel John K. Connally; Lieutenant Colonels Alfred H. Belo, Abner S. Calloway, and Maurice T. Smith, and Major James S. Whitehead.
Researched and Formatted by: Jeremiah L. Jones
SMITH, M. Thomas; Lt.-Col.; cm. 10 March 1863; Granville County; p. from Captain to Com. K; killed: 3 July 1863 at Gettysburg
CALLOWAY, Martin B., Serg. 55th North Carolina Infantry, Company E until transferred to Company and promoted to 1st Lt. on 17 Apr 1864. KILLED: in The Wilderness on 5 May 1864.
BELO, Alfred H.; Lt. Col; cm. 3 July 1863; Forsyth County; p. from Major; wounded: 7 June 1864
BLOUNT, George Washington, 1st Lt., DISMISSED: 1 Nov 1862. REASSIGNED: MAYOR (Provost Marshall) for the Town of Wilson, Wilson County, NC.
WHITEHEAD, James S.; Major; cm. 19 May 1862; Pitt County, NC; p. from Captain to Com. E; died: at Wilson on 7 Aug 1862. CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.
BELO, Alfred H.; cm. 10 March 1863; Forsyth County; prisoner and wounded
JORDAN, Henry T.; Adjutant; cm. 1 Nov 1862; Person County; RESIGNED: in 1864
[all the men in this company injured in The Battle of the Wilderness (3- 5 May 1864) were transported to the Confederate hospitals in Lynchburg, VA; of course, Richmond, the largest concentration of Confederate hospitals was closer to the battlefield, however, it was way over capacity due to the unrelenting fighting and marching triggered by Grant’s continuous war strategy.]
BULLOCK, William J., Captain & a Physician in Wilson, cm. in March 1862. ENLISTED: Wake. RESIGNED: 24 Feb 1863 at age 29. RESIGNATION ACCEPTED: 28 Mar 1863. Colonel Connally states that he was incompetent and a malcontent.
BRIGGS, Benjamin F.; Captain, cm. 20 Nov 1863. BEFORE THE WAR: was a clerk, Wilson County Superior Court. MUSTERED: 1st Serg. WOUNDED: at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and again in the Wilderness 4 -5 May 1864. RESIGNED: 24 Mar 1865. REASON FOR APPROVAL OF RESIGNATION NOT REPORTED.
BLOUNT, George W.; 1st Lt.; cm. March 1862; RESIGNED: on 13 Mar 1865 [SEE ABOVE]
HADLEY, Thomas Jefferson; 1st Lt.; cm. 20 November 1863. WOUNDED: Falling Waters, MD on 14 Jun 1863. WOUNDED: lift shoulder at The Wilderness, 5 May 1864. CAPTURED: at Globe Tavern, VA on 20 Aug 1863. IMPRISONED: Ft. Delaware, DE on 19 Aug 1864. RELEASED: at Ft. Delaware on 17 June 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.
BARNES, James H.; 2d Lt.; cm. March 1862. PROMOTED: 1st Lt. on 1 Apr 1862. RESIGNED: on 7 June 1862. NO REASON PROVIDED FOR WHY THE RESIGNATION WAS APPROVED.
UPCHURCH, Albert E.; 2d Lt.; cm. in March 1862. BORN: Nash. ENLISTED: Wilson. CAPTURED: at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. IMPRISONED: Ft. Delaware, DE on 7 July 1863. TRANSFERRED: to prison for Confederate Officers on Johnson’s Island, OH on 20 July 1863. DIED: at Johnson’s Island at “11 P.M. on 9 Nov 1863 of “dysentery.”
BRIGGS, Benjamin F.; 2d Lt.; cm. in March 1863; p. Captain [See Above]
BASS, Thomas R.; 2d Lt.; cm. 7 April 1863 [SEE ABOVE]
NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS:
BRIGGS, Benjamin F.; 1st Serg’t.; e. 19 April 1862; p. 2d Lt. [See above]
HAYLES, John; 2d Serg’t.; DISCHARGED: May 1862
BASS, Thomas R.,; 3d Serg’t.; e. 19 Apr 1862; p. 2d Lt. [SEE ABOVE]
HUNT, John W.; 4th Serg’t.; e. 29 April 1862; wounded & prisoner at Gettysburg
MAY, Francis M.; 5th Serg’t.; e. 3 May 1862; DISCHARGED: January 1863
BARNES, John T.; 1st Corporal; e. 29 Apr 1862; wounded: at Washington, NC; prisoner: 3 July 1863 (Gettysburg); DISCHARGED: September 1863.
BARNES, Augustus; 2d Corporal; e. 29 Apr 1862; p. Serg’t.; DISCHARGED: disability in 1864.
PATERSON, Robert M.; 3d Corporal; e. 29 April 1862
MARSHBURN, Joseph J.; 4th Corporal; e. 12 May 1862; Nash County; wounded: at Gettysburg.
ARQUER, George W., Private.; DIED: at Chester, PA on 23 Aug 1863 of “general debility, the results of Chronic Diarrhoea ” at age 20.
AYCOCK, Isaac, Private, WOUNDED: in the head at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863.. DIED: at Orange Court House, VA prior to 3 Nov 1864. CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.
BARNES, Caswell Hines, Private. RETIRED: because of wounds and assigned to the Invalid Corps on 15 Dec 1864.
BARNES, JOHN T., Corporal. WOUNDED: in right arm at Washington, NC on 6 Sept 1862. DISCHARGED: because of wounds on 13 Sept 1863.
BARNES, Larry, Private. KILLED: at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863.
BARDEN, John T., Private. DIED: in Raleigh Hospital on 20 June 1862 of “measles & typhoid fever” at age 21.
BARDEN, Simon B., Private. DIED: 15 June 1862 at home in Wilson County of disease at age 18. SPECIFIC DISEASE CAUSING HIS DEATH IS NOT REPORTED.
BOYETT, Amos; 28 Feb 1862. KILLED: in Wilderness on 5 May 1864 at age 35.
BOYETT, Stephen, Private: DIED: at Hart’s Island Prison, New York Harbor on 23 June 1865 of “typhoid pneumonia.”
BOSWELL, Jethro, Private. DIED: at Ft. Delaware Prison, Delaware on 22 Nov 1863 of “Chronic Diarrhoea at age 24.
BELL, James H. [Henry], Private. DIED: 24 May 1864 in Lynchburg, from wounds received in the Wilderness, 3 May 1864; buried near a mass grave because men were dying so fast.
BEST, William C., DIED: at Point Lookout Prison, Maryland on 29 April 1865 of “acute dysentery.”
CAMPBELL, Daniel, Private. DIED: in hospital on 21 July 1864 from Wilderness wounds (probably at Lynchburg, VA). PLACE AND CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.
DEW, David, Serg’t. DIED: at home Oct 1864. CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.
ETHERIDGE, Justice, Private. DIED: at Staunton, VA on 14 Jun 1864, of his wounds in The Battle of the Wilderness.
EDMONDSON, Edwin G., Private & Regimental Drummer. DIED: at Camp Campbell, near Kinston, NC on 15 July 1862. CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.
FERRELL, Granbury, Private. DIED: in a hospital in Gordonsville, VA on 9 Nov 1863 of chronic dysentery.
FERRELL, Gabriel, Private. DIED: in a hospital in Richmond, VA on 12 June 1864 of “pneumonia.”
FERRELL, James W., Private. DIED: at Ft. Delaware on 6 Oct 1863. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
GRANT, James J., Private. DESERTED: on 1 July 1862. NO FURTHER RECORD.
HALES, Thomas, Private. ENLISTED: in May 1862. DISCHARGED: in May 1862. NO REASON FOR THE DISCHARGE REPORTED.
JONES, Reddick J., Private. CAPTURED: in a Richmond, VA hospital on 3 Apr 1865. DIED: in Richmond, VA from a gunshot wound to his right lung. DATE OF DEATH: no reported.
LAMB, Tobias, Private. KILLED: at The Wilderness on 5 May 1865 at age 43.
LUCAS, David, Private, DIED: at Petersburg, VA on 10 Jan 1863 with pneumonia at age 24.
LUCAS, Henry, Private. DIED: “dropped dead” at Ft. Delaware, DE on 2 Oct 1863 at age 28. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED
LODGE, Redman or Reddin, Private. DIED: at a hospital in Raleigh on 22 June 1862 of pneumonia at age 19.
MARSHBOURN, Joseph J., Corporal. DIED: at Gettysburg, PA on 14 July 1863 of his wounds at age 23.
MERCER, John J., Private. DIED: at Pt. Lookout on 24 Nov 1863 of smallpox.
NARRON, James H., Private. DIED: at Pt. Lookout Prison, MD in February 1865. NO CAUSE OF DEATH OR HIS AGE REPORTED.
NEWSOM, James M., Private. ENLISTED: on 12 May 1862. DISCHARGED: on 25 June 1862 by providing JAMES J. GRANT as a substitute for him in the military service.
PATE, James J., Private. Died: in a Raleigh hospital on 23 June 1862 “rubeola & pneumonia.”
PEEL, Nathan, Private. DISCHARGED: in May 1862. NO REASON FOR THE DISCHARGE REPORTED.
PEEL, Matthew, Private. DISCHARGED: in May 1862. NO REASON FOR THE DISCHARGE REPORTED.
PEEL, Jesse H., Private. DISCHARGED: 1 Aug 1862. NO REASON FOR DISCHARGE REPORTED.
PROCTOR, James G.; RETIRED: to Invalid Corps.
PEARSON, William H., Sergeant, DIED: at Pt. Lookout Prison on30 Mar 1865 of “chronic dystery.”
PENDER, Wright Edwin, Private. ERETIRED FROM SERVICE: on 19 Dec 1864 from fractured bones.
PITTMAN, Robert M., Corporal. DIED: at Pt. Lookout Prison on 23 Nov 1863 at age 23. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
PRICE, Jackson; RETIRED: on 19 Dec 1864 due to “fractured bones.”
RENFROW, Burkett, Private. DIED: at Danville, VA on 25 Nov 1864 at age 23. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
RENFROW, Braswell, Private. ENLISHED: on 9 May 1862 as a substitute for WILLIAM HINNANT of Wilson, Wilson County, NC at age 52. BORN: Johnston County. ENLISTED: Wilson. DESERTED: ON 1 July 1862. ARRESTED; before May – June 1864. SURRENDERED: at Appomottox Court House on 9 Apr 1865. NO FURTHER RECORD.
ROUNTREE, Gordon. Private. KILLED: at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 at age 36.
RAPER, Calvin, Private. DIED: at Point Lookout Prison, MD on 4 Feb 1864. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
RUFFIN, John, no rank assigned. ENLISTED: on 3 July 1862. DISCHARGED:at Camp Campbell on 15 July 1862 because he was not physically fit for duty.
SCOTT, Blaney, Private. LEFT ARM AMPUTATED. DISCHARGED: on 11 Sept 1863 for disability. NO FURTHER RECORD.
SCOTT, Haywood, Corporal. KILLED: in the Wilderness on 5 May 1864 at age 26.
SCOTT, Henry, Private. DIED: at David’s Island Prison ON 31 July 1863 of his wounds.
SULLIVAN, Jesse P., Private. DIED: at Ft. Delaware Prison on 3 Sept 1863 of “typhoid fever.”
SIMPSON, William, Private. DIED: prior to 29 Dec 1863 at age 32. NO PLACE, TIME OR CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
SIMPSON, John T., Private. DIED: at camp on the Blackwater River on 27 May 1863 at age 32. NO CAUSE OF DEATH REPORTED.
STANCIL, Jacob, Private. BORN: Wilson. RESIDED: Johnston County. WOUNDED: at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863. DESERTED: 1 May 1864. NO FURTHER RECORD.
THOMAS, Joseph, Private. WOUNDED AND CAPTURED: at Gettysburg, PA. NO FURTHER RECORD.
THOMAS, Woodard, Private. HOSPITALIZED: Petersburg, VA on 9 Feb 1863 after falling off railroad water tower. DISCHARGED: Lynchburg, VA on 31 Oct 1863. UNFIT FOR DUTY.
TILLY, John M., PrivateBORN: Wake. RESIDED: Wilson. DISCHARGED: on August 1862 NO REASON FOR DISCHARGE REPORTED.
TINDALL, William, Private. BORN: Wayne County. DISCHARGED: on 13 August 1862. REASON: disability. NO FURTHER RECORD.
THORN, Josiah, Private. DISCHARGED: on 17 Feb 1865 by reason of “gunshot wound of the right leg carried away a considerable portion of the tibia & certain muscle permanently contracting use of the leg.”
TOMLINSON, L. D., Private. DIED: of typhoid pneumonia. NO DATE OR PLACE REPORTED.
THOMAS, Joseph: e. 4 Aug 62; wounded and prisioner: at Gettysburg
TOMLINSON, Barnes, Private. HOSPITALIZED: at Richmond, VA on 6 July 1863 with acute diarrhoea. KILLED: at the Wilderness on 5 May 1864 at age 26.
TOMLINSON, Nathan, Private. TRANSFERRED: to 55th NC infantry, Co. A on 6 Nov 1863. WOUNDED: hand & shoulder at The Wilderness on 5 May 1864. NO FURTHER RECORD.
TOMLINSON, Willie W., Private. ENLISTED: on 5 May 1862 at age 22. DIED: at Richmond hospital on 7 Dec 1863 on “Febris typhoides” at age 23.
TREVATHAN, Sanders M., Private. WOUNDED: in groin at Gettysburg,PA on 1 July 1863. HOSPITALIZED: at Richmond, VA. on 10 Aug 1863. NO FURTHER RECORD.
WEBSTER, Berry, Private. DIED: at Petersburg, VA on 5 Dec 1862 of “pleutitis” at age 18.
WATSON, Noah, Private. BORN: Johnston. RESIDED: Wilson. DISCHARGED with “atrophy of muscles of the legs” in March 1863. NO FURTHER RECORD.
WATSON, Joseph, Private. DIED: at Ft. Delaware, DE ON 3 Nov 1863 of “smallpox” at age 35.
WOODARD, George Washington, Private. DIED: hospital in Gordonsville, VA on 23 Mar 64 of “chronic diarrhoea” at age 27.
WOODARD, Gray, Private. KILLED: in the opening minutes of battle on 1 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
SOLDIERS FROM OTHER COUNTIES WHO ENLISTED AND SERVED IN THE 55th NORTH CAROLINA INFANTRY, COMPANY A.:
ADAMS, Duncan F., Private. RESIDED: Wilkes County. WOUNDED: 1 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. LEG AMPUTATED. DIED: at Chester, PA on 30 Sept 1863 of “pyemia.”
ADAMS, Amos, Private. RESIDED: Wilkes County. KILLED: at Washington, NC on 6 Sept 1862.