McDOWELL, Riley + *

Riley McDOWELL, Private. 58th North Carolina Infantry, Company H.


58th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

58th Infantry Regiment was organized in Mitchell County, North Carolina, in July, 1862. Its twelve companies were recruited in the counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga, Caldwell, McDowell, and Ashe. In September it moved to Cumberland Gap and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Big Creek Gap, near Jacksboro, Tennessee. During the war it was assigned to Kelly’s, Reynolds’, Brown’s and Reynolds’ Consolidated, and Palmer’s Brigade. The 58th participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Atlanta, guarded prisoners at Columbia, Tennessee, during Hood’s operations, then moved to South Carolina and skirmished along the Edisto River. Later it returned to North Carolina and saw action at Bentonville. It lost 46 killed and 114 wounded at Chickamauga, totalled 327 men and 186 arms in December, 1863, and took about 300 effectives to Bentonville. The unit was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865. Its commanders were Colonel John B. Palmer; Lieutenant Colonels Thomas J. Dula, John C. Keener, Edmund Kirby, William W. Proffitt, and Samuel M. Silver; and Major Alfred T. Stewart.



55th North Carolina Infantry, Company A primarily from Wilson County, North Carolina [Company A includes Reddin LODGE; Joseph J. MARSHBOURN; John J. MERCER; and Francis M. MOYE]

LODGE, Redman or Reddin, Private. ENLISTED: on 30 April 1862. BORN: Edgecombe. RESIDED: Wilson. DIED: at a hospital in Raleigh on 22 June 1862 of pneumonia at age 19.


MARSHBOURN, Joseph J., Corporal. BORN: Wake. RESIDED: Nash. Farmer. ENLISTED: Wilson on 12 May 1862 at age 22. WOUNDED and CAPTURED: at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863. HOSPITALIZED and DIED: at Gettysburg, PA on 14 July 1863 of his wounds at age 23.


MERCER, John J., Private. ENLISTED: on 2 July 1862. CAPTURED: at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863. IMPRISONED: at Ft. Delaware, DE on 6 July 1863 until transferred to Pt. Lookout Prison, MD on 20 Oct 1863. DIED: at Pt. Lookout on 24 Nov 1863 of smallpox.


MOYE, Francis M., Sergeant. BORN: Greene. RESIDED: Wilson. Physician. ENLISTED: on 3 May 1862 at age 22. MUSTERED IN: as a sergeant. DISCHARGED: in Jan 1863 after providing a substitute to serve in his place. NAME OF THE PERSON FOR WHOM HE IS SUBSTITUTING NOT PROVIDED.



55th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

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 with 4 officers and 77 men 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.


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