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From: Archives, Archives
To: George Purvis
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 7:08 AM

Subject: RE: Information Please

Dear Mr. Purvis,

1. Thank you for your inquiry.

The larger part of an answer to your inquiry will be in the pension materials. Pensions are records of the State Auditor's office. There is no list of the slaves and free blacks who were awarded pensions, per se, but you can get to a list using these records (State Auditor's office - Pension series). In addition, you will find mention of these men who petitioned but did not receive pensions in the materials of the pension boards (again in the Auditor's material).

The NC Troops 1861-1865 should list any men who were in a company as a cook (for example Abraham Roach in the 8th NCST is a free black who is a company cook).

Beyond that you would be searching in such records as county miscellaneous files, newspapers, governor's papers, private collections, and compiled service records. I have heard also of people using both the 1910 and 1930 US census to try and locate men (both of those censuses asked if the person served in a war and if so which war and which side).

It will be quite an undertaking and probably would be open ended (as new things pop up now and then). It is an interesting project - good luck!



Mr. A. Christopher Meekins

Correspondence Archives and Records Professional

Office of Archives and History
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614


2. Sam Ashe. Servant of Capt. Richard J. Ashe. 1st North Carolina One of the three men who claim to have fired the shot that killed Major Theodore Winthrop, the first Union officer killed in battle. Documentation found at

3. Jackson Evans, Pvt. Co. F. 2nd North Carolina Infantry Conscripted July 5, 1862 for the war. This man was substituted for one J. W. Cox of Wayne City. N. C. and proves to be a free negro. Paroled as a POW by provost marshall Army of the Potomac, Camp near Keddysville, Md. Sept 20, 1862. No cards after this date (CSR)

4. Tom Dunston, Cook, Co. F. 8th North Carolina Inf. Regt. Enlisted Sept. 9, 1864 at Petersburg by Jno. E. Dugger, for 6 month. Negro cook for the company. (CSR)

5. William A. Bradshaw, Pvt Co. D. 13th North Carolina Infantry Enlisted Feb. 1, 1864, at Camp Vance by Capt. Gatling for 3 years. Pay due from date of enlistment stoppage for transportation $4.16. Muster roll of July & Aug. 1864, absent sick since May 23, 1864. Sept. & Oct. 1864, present. Register of CSA Jackson Hospital, Richmond. Undated card, Military Prison Hospital Knoxville, Tenn. from filed, died April 27, 1865, typhoid fever. (CSR)

6. Everrett Hayes -- Freeman of Color/ Pvt. Cook. Enlisted Sept 1, 186? "for the war"at Wilmington. Present on last card of Oct. 1864.
1st Artillery 10th State Troops(CSR, CWSS)

7. Daniel Herring -- Colored Cook. 3rd North Carolina (36th Art)Captured Fort Fisher, Jan. 22, 1865. Held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Exchanged June 19, 1865.

8. Charles Dempsey--Colored Cook, Co. F. 36th State Troops (2nd North Carolina Art.)Captured Fort Fisher, Jan. 22, 1865. Held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Exchanged Feb. 13, 1865. (Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from North Carolina)

9. Henry Dempsey -- Colored Cook, Co. F. 36th State Troops (2nd North Captured Fort Fisher, Jan. 22, 1865. Held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Exchanged Feb. 13, 1865. (Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from North Carolina)

10. James Doyle -- Colored Cook. 40th North Carolina Art. (3rd NC. Art.) Captured Fort Fisher, Jan. 22, 1865. Held at Point Lookout, Maryland. Exchanged March 15, 1865. (Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from North Carolina)

11. Arthur Reed, Pvt. Co. D 40th North Carolina Art. (3rd NC. Art.) Enlisted June 16, 1864 Edgecomb By Capt. Lane for the war. Free Negro, cook for the company since time of enlistment. Muster roll of Sept & Oct. present. (CSR)

12. William Rudd -- Free Negro. Pvt. Co. E 5th North Carolina Cav. (63rd State Troops) Enlisted at Hamilton, Dec. 4, 1862. For the war. Cook joined the cav Dec. 4, 1862. Has no home. Clothing receipt Oct. 18, 1864. No cards after this time. (CSR)

13. William Lynch-- Cook, Co E. 5th North Carolina Cav. (63rd State Troops) Enlisted January 12, 1862 at Kinston by Capt. Harris for the war. Has no home. Muster roll of May and June 1863, absent on leave. July and August 1863 absent on sick furlough. Sept & Oct. 1863 Present. July and Aug. 1864, Absent without leave since June 28 1864, col'd cook has no home. (CSR)

14. William H. Dove -- Free negro. Cook, Co. E. 5th North Carolina Cav. (63rd State Troops) Has no horse. Enlisted Dec 22, 1863 at Duplin. has a card dated Oct. 1864. (CSR, CWSS)

37th North Carolina

Union County Slave Finally Gets Recognition For Confederate Army Service

Briana Duggan
Sunday February 19, 2012 MULTIMEDIA Read
A grave at a Union County Church that was marked only with a pile bricks for the past 80 years will is receiving long-awaited recognition, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans planned a ceremony for Saturday that included a cannon salute and civil war re-enactors at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Marshville.

The event honored Aaron Perry, a Union County slave that followed his owner and served in 37th N.C. Regiment in the Confederate Army. Perry served as a "body servant" or bodyguard for his owner, Lt. Col. John B. Ashcraft, a veterinarian and a member of one of Monroe 's most prominent families.

Although slave labor was used in the logistical running of the war, including building latrines and cooking, historians stress that very few black men actually fought with the South. Perry was one of 10 black men from Union County to serve in the Confederate Army. Much later, these men received small state pensions.

Local historian and SCV member Tony Way was researching the slaves that had received such pensions when he came across Mr. Perry. He connected with Perry's relatives that now live in Charlotte , who were well aware of their ancestor's story. Although they had the money to engrave a stone, his family did not see much need.

"That's just what they did back then," said Aaron Perry, who was named for his great grandfather.

So with the help of the SCV, the Perry's placed a granite marker and a donated Cross of Honor on the gravesite. One side of the cross depicts a confederate flag with the letters "C.S.A." while the other reads the motto of the Confederacy, the Latin deo vindice or "God will vindicate."

16. Henry Revels -- Pvt. Enlisted 51st North CarolinaMarch 10, 1862 at Lumberton by A. B. Walter. Discovered to be a Negro and discharged. (CSR)

17. Jonathan Revels -- Pvt. 51st North Carolina Enlisted Wilimgton , North Carolina, April 21, 1862 by Capt A.B. Walter for a period of 3years or the war. Age 40. On a card dated march 10 to June 30, 1862 he is noted to have deserted June 9, and discovered to be a negro and discharged. This is a card dated June 2, 1865 which lists his residence as Cumberland, North Carolina and has him taking the oath at Raleigh, N. C. There is also a signed oath card from a man by the same name in the same unit. It should be noted a Jonathan Revels also served in McDugald's Co. North Carolina unit. (CSR, CWSS)

Wayside Hospital
Unknown unit

18. Martin Allen -- June 1864, Hillsboro North Carolina. See manuscript 4516. June 1864 Hillsboro, N.C.

19. William Badger appears on a muster roll of Wayside Hospital No. 2 Greensboro N.C. for Sept. and Oct. 1864. Dated Oct. 31, 1864. Never paid. Cook.
Assigned to duty by E. O (executive officer ?) Sept 1. 1864.

20. "General [Joseph E.] Johnston broke camp near Smithfield on April 10, and on April 12 reached Raleigh. There it was learned that Lee had surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. President Davis and his cabinet had abandoned the Confederate capital at Richmond and arrived at Greensboro on April 11. While not officially advised that the Army of [Northern] Virginia was no more.[Johnston] did not surrender until April 26. On May 2, 1865, at Bush Hill, near High Point, [nineteen year-old] Major [Walter M.] Clark and what remained of the Third Junior Reserves [North Carolina Troops] were paroled and turned their faces sorrowfully homeward.

The next day Major Clark and his faithful Neverson began their weary horseback ride one hundred and fifty miles to Ventosa [plantation on the Roanoke river]. On their way home they passed through Hillsboro and in sight of the military academy from which Little Clark had gone so ambitiously and hopefully four years before. He knew that [academy headmaster] Colonel [C.C.] Tew had been killed at Sharpsburg, but did not know until afterward that every one of his instructors in the academy had gone to the war and either had been wounded or captured. The lonely trek of these two boys, their minds numbed by harrowing memories, was enough to chill their hearts, but there was worse to come.

When home was finally reached, there was no home - nothing but the land was there, and that covered with a tangled growth of bushes and briars. The once great cultivated fields of cotton and corn were now a wilderness of weeds. The slaves were wandering aimlessly through the neighborhood, and raiding Federal soldiers had stolen the livestock. The invading armies had burned to the ground the spacious Ventosa mansion, and its beautiful gardens had disappeared. All the happy memories of Walter's childhood here lay waste in ashes before his eyes. With an almost broken heart he turned to seek elsewhere for his father and mother, his sisters and brothers, in the hope that he would find them alive."

(Walter Clark, Fighting Judge, Aubrey Lee Brooks, UNC Press, 1944, pp.

Page 34.

Price paid shows how high the boy was regarded: Received of David Clark $950.00 for negro boy Neverson, age 15 years old.

21. James Poisson- Musician, Co. D, 10th Batt. North Carolina Heavy Art. Enlisted Dec. 3, 1863. for the war. Present on lat card March and April 1864. last paid Feb. 29, 1864. Fold3

22. James Doyle -- Pvt/Cook Co. E, 3rd North Carolina Art. On a card not dated for a roll of POWS captured at Fort Fisher, Jan. 15, 1865. Exchanged March 15, 1865 at Point Lookout, Md. Card 3 also has him listed as a cook. Fold3

23. Caleb Sykes, Musician, Co. D. 10th Batt. North Carolina Heavy Art. Enlisted Aug. 4, 1863 at Wilmington by Capt. Wheeler "for the war." Deserted 17, Oct. 1863. I could not find this man in the Union Army in either Fold3 or the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System as a Union soldier.

24. James Owen, McDowell County, NC free person of color, He was a “free person of color”, conscripted into the Confederate Army and served in the “pioneer corps” from the summer of 1864 to the end of the war. There is also a witness from the same county that verifies James' service and writes a letter saying he was conscripted at the same time See images in forum.

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