CURRIN, Fleming + *

Fleming CURRIN, Private. 12th North Carolina Infantry, Companies D and B.

ENLISTED in Alexander County on 13 March 1864. WOUNDED at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864. DIED of is wounds on 22 May 1864. PLACE OF DEATH AND THE EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH NOT REPORTED.

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Samuel J. CURRIN, Private. Same Regiment and Companies.

Resided in Granville County where he was a farmer; enlisted in Granville on 26 April 1862 at age 24. HOSPITALIZED at Richmond, VA on 6 July 1862 with a gunshot wound of the foot. DISCHARGED in July 1862 after furnishing Private William DIAL as a substitute; William DIAL is listed as residing in Virginia prior to enlisting at Richmond for Private Samuel J. CURRIN. Private DIAL’s final listed information is that he deserted. He was undoubtably a professional substitute who was doing it to make money. Once he was accepted as a substitute for another man, he deserted only to later, for a small fee, substituting for another man. Samuel J. CURRIN did not have to re-enlist when his substitute deserted. In the Richmond hospitals it seems highly probable that wounded Confederates were provided information on the names of men who were professional substitutes. Wounds and hospital stays, with other wounded men, combine to clarify the dangers of war and the threats to one’s survival.

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