BATTLE, Lawrence +

Lawrence BATTLE, Private – 32nd Regiment N.C. Troops, 2nd Company H. raised in Nash County and began organizing at Nashville in March 1862.

Military Record

previously served as Private in 2nd Company H, it was the second of two companies to serve in the 32nd Regiment N. C. Troops as Company H, it was known officially as 2nd Company H; transferred to this company on 22 July 1862; present or accounted for until discharged on 25 August 1862, after providing Private EDWARD SWEENY as a substitute.; the time in the infantry served by Lawrence BATTLE was one month and three days.

The Military Record for EDWARD SWEENY, Private

Resided in Virginia and enlisted at age 45, August 25, 1862, for the war as a substitute for Private LAWRENCE BATTLE. Private Sweeny deserted the same day.

Obviously, Edward Sweeny was one of the professional substitutes who was paid to enlist for other men, then quickly deserted, only to enlist as a substitute for another man. Many of these hustlers made money by taking the money to substitute, then deserting and repeating the process.

Listed just before Edward Seeny is Private Jeremiah Sullivan who is listed as residing in Virginia and enlisted at age 40 on 1 September 1862, for the war as a substitute, the name of the man for whom he substituted is not given. Jeremiah Sullivan deserted on 15 September 1862.

Lawrence BATTLE is listed in the U. S. Census for 1860 as a 25 year old farmer lving in Arrington’s District served by a post office in Battlebourgh whose Real Estate was valued at $12,500 and his Personal Estate is valued at $32,675 (strongly indicating that he was a slave owner); in the U.S. Census of 1870 he is listed as a 36 year old farmer living in Liberty Township served by the post office in Nashville with Real Estate valued at $2000 and a Personal Estate valued at $500.

There is no record indicating that he had to serve in the Confederate armed forces and he survived the war using a substitute who immediately deserted according to military records.

Further, it seems that Edward Sweeny was a fake name used by some imposter making money off of substituting during the war since there is no Edward Sweeny listed in the 1860 or 1870 censuses for North Carolina and Virginia.

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Henry H. BATCHELOR, Private. 30th North Carolina Infantry, Company I

ENLISTED: resided in Nash, a farmer,on 4 March 1862 at age 22. WOUNDED: Malvern Hill, VA on 1 July 1862. WOUNDED: in right arm at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863; RIGHT ARM AMPUTATED; reported absent because of wounds until 17 January 1865, when he retired to the Invalid Corp.

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Neverson A. BATCHELOR, Private. 30th North Carolina Infantry, Company I

ENLISTED: resided in Nash where he enlisted on 10 Sept 1861 at age 23. CAPTURED: at Kelly’s Ford, VA on 7 Nov. 1863. IMPRISONED: Point Lookout Prison, MD on 11 Nov. 1863. DIED: of smallpox in hospital at Point Lookout on 7-9 Feb. 1864 at age 26.

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