Soldier's Notes


Private John Land, Co. B - Enlisted and mustered into Company B on 11/15/1864. Captured on 4/3/1865 while hospitalized at Richmond, along with Jordan Livingston also of Company B, his brother-in-law. Confined at Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. on 4/5/1865. Transferred to Newport News, Va. on 4/23/1865. Took the Oath of Allegiance on 7/3/1865. Died six days later on 7/9/1865 while still in Federal custody at Richmond, Va. Probably buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. John was a nephew of David Land (Company I, 13th North Carolina Infantry captured on April 2nd at Sutherland Station) and is the great great grandfather of Glenn Land.

Private Larkin Livingston Co. B - Enlisted on 2/1/1862 at Wilkes County, NC. age 18, as a Private. On 3/31/1862 he mustered into 'B' Co. NC 11th Infantry. He was Surrendered on 4/9/1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA. He was listed as:Wounded (date and place not stated); POW 10/14/1863 Bristoe Station, VA; Confined 10/15/1863 Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC (Estimated day); Transferred 10/27/1863 Point Lookout, MD; Paroled 3/1/1864 Point Lookout, MD (Estimated day); Transferred 3/2/1864 (place not stated) (Estimated day); Exchanged 3/3/1864 (place not stated) (Estimated day); Hospitalized 6/23/1864 Petersburg, VA; Returned 9/20/1864 (place not stated). He served with his 1st cousins, Jordon Livingston and John Land.

Musician George N. Keller enlisted February 1, 1862 in Co. B, 11th Regiment NC. He was wounded on October 27, 1864 at the Battle of Burgess' Mill, VA and died the next day. He was a Company musician, playing the fife/flute.

Private David E. Keller enlisted February 1, 1862 with Co. B, 11th Regiment NC. He was sent to Wilmington, NC to guard the port. He died of Measles and Dysentery at Camp David near Wilmington, NC.

Private John J. Keller enlisted February 11, 1863 with Co. B, 11th Regiment NC. He fought at Gettysburg with Pickett’s Charge, where he was wounded and captured between July 1-5, 1863. He was confined at Fort Delaware until he was transferred to Point Lookout, MD around Oct 15-18, 1863. He died as a POW from smallpox at Point Lookout, MD. His name is inscribed on the POW memorial at Point Lookout, MD.

Private Charles Morris was wounded at Whitehall and captured at Fallling Waters during the retreat from Gettysburg.

Manassa Nixon Hennessee III is a proud descendant of Emanuel Augustus (Manuel) Hennessee (or Hennessa), who was in 11th NC beginning in 1862. He was my great grandfather. He had four brothers also in the 11th NC. Manassa S. and Thomas fought with Company G Burke Rifles, 1st Regiment, NC Infantry in the Battle of Big Bethel. Joining the renumbered 11th later in 1861 were Robert Jones (RJ) and Patrick Waightstill Hennessa. Manassa died in Union prison at Fort Delaware. Thomas was killed in action. Patrick Waightstill did not return home. Only RJ returned home in good health, living until 1902. Manuel's wounds near Petersburg in 1864 left him partially paralyzed, but he lived until 1903. Descendants of RJ continued the Hennessa spelling while descendants of Emanuel Augustus and a brother who remained in Burke adopted the Hennessee spelling. The Heritage of Burke County , NC, Volume II, 2001 includes articles on Sgt. Robert Jones (#415) , Cpl. Emanuel Augustus (#416) and Lt. Manassa S. (#422).

William Littleton Byrd, a private in the regiment, was wounded at Gettysburg during Pickett's charge, captured by Union troops, imprisoned at David's Island, paroled and returned to the regiment, and was captured just a few days before Appamatox. His great great grandson, Paul W. Byrd, Jr., would like to honor the memory of his ancestor, and recognize him and the fact that his people still remember his bravery, determination, and patriotism during the hardest times since the American Revolution.

Corporal John Abraham Franklin Aderholdt, Co. I, was from Gaston County, North Carolina.

Harvey Smith Taylor and three brothers lived in Crab Orchard, NC (now known as Hickory Grove), located in Mecklenburg County, just outside Charlotte, NC. He lived from 1840 until 1917 in that area and is buried at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. Harvey S. Taylor and his brother Robert C. Taylor were in Company A, 11th NC Infantry Regiment, a re-organization of the Bethel Brigade, originally know as the 1st NC Volunteers. They both enlisted as privates on Jan 2, 1862. Harvey was awarded for Distinguished Service. Harvey was engaged in battle in the Goldsboro and New Bern, NC campaigns before his unit moved into Virginia to participate at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Gettysburg, Cold Harbor and the Petersburg campaign. A note on the 11th being in the thick of things at Gettsyburg. The 11th was positioned right beside the 26 NC (mostly from Cabarrus, Stanly and Rowan counties). During Pickett's charge, the 26th took 100% casualties...over 250 men...All killed or wounded...the 11th (mostly from Mecklenburg and Catawba)...almost as bad by the end of the day, with 50 killed and 159 wounded. Harvey was captured outside Petersburg near Globe Tavern on Oct. 27th, 1864. He was imprisoned at Point Lookout, MD until released on June 3rd, 1865 after taking the oath of allegiance and returned to Crab Orchard, NC. Robert C. Taylor (b. 1842 d.1901) went through the same engagements since they were both in Co. A, 11th Regiment. He also returned to Crab Orchard, NC and is buried in Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. The other two brothers, William Johnson Taylor (b.1831 d. 1897) and John M. Taylor (b. 1832 d. 1862) were in Co. H, NC 35th Infantry Regiment. William returned to Crab Orchard and is buried at Hickory Grove Methodist Church. John died of disease August 9, 1862 in Petersburg, VA.

John Mitchell, the great grandfather of Charles Mitchell, served as a private during the war in the 11th North Carolina, Company D (Bethel Regiment). Signed in by C.S. Brown; the pay master was Capt. John M. Tate. At the time of enlistment, he lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He enlisted on Jan 01, 1863 in Burke Co, North Carolina for a total of three years or until the war was over. Stories from my Grandfather and Father, and payroll records show that he deserted on June 17, 1863 (did so to take care of the farm). He returned to service on Aug 30, 1863 and stayed in the 11th for the balance of the war. He became a POW on 4/2/1865, Petersburg, VA. (Battle of Five Forks). Sent to Point Look-out, Maryland on 4/4/1865 and stayed confined until 6/6/1865 when he was forced to sign the Oath of Allegiance.

Private Algernon Daniel, Co. G, 11th NCT, was wounded in the charge at Gettysburg and captured.

Private Robert Daniel, Co. G, 11th NCT (and brother of Algernon Daniel), was wounded and captured at Falling Waters.

Private James Needham Alexander enlisted on 1 February 1862 at the age of 28 for the War Between The States. As a soldier in Company A, 11th Regiment of NC Troops, he spent considerable time in the Lenoir County, NC area. He was wounded (slight flesh wound on the left elbow and was shot in the right forefinger causing a broken bone in the finger) at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863. He was promoted to Corporal in July-August 1864. He was wounded (shot through the left thigh) at Petersburg, VA between September-October 1864 and rejoined Company A between January-February 1865. He was paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865. On 28 June 1909, he applied for soldier’s pension and was approved. In October 1917, he applied for admission to the Home For Disabled Ex-Confederate Soldiers in Raleigh, NC and was admitted 27 November 1917. He died in Raleigh on 14 January 1918 of “Acute Uraemia” due to chronic nephritis. He was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC in the Confederate Soldiers’ section.

Pvt. James Needham Alexander, Co. A


Private Zebedee William Morris, Company K, enlisted at Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina.

Private Francis Ostwalt, Company E, was captured on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg and died of smallpox in the prison camp at Pt. Lookout, Maryland. His name is on the monument there to the soldiers buried in the mass grave. He was from the Statesville, North Carolina area.

John Francis McConnell, Company A, joined in February of 1862. He was mortally wounded on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. He grew up on his father and mother's meager farm somewhere north of Charlotte near Prosperity Presbyterian Church.

Private John F. Bradshaw, Company E, was captured near Petersburg, Virginia on March 25, 1865 and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland. He was released on June 23, 1865.

Private Anderson S. Ward, Company F, was captured April 3, 1865 at Petersburg and sent to prision at Hart Island, New York. He signed at oath of Alliegance on June 19, 1865 (shown below with his likeness).

Anderson S. Ward

Private Francis L. Ostwalt, Company E, enlisted February 26, 1862 at Iredell County, North Carolina. He was captured on July 3, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and died on December, 30, 1863 at Point Lookout Prison, Maryland.

Privates James Mitchell Miller and Gabriel P. Miller of Comapny K were brothers, died a short time apart and are possibly buried in Petersburg, Virginia. Both enlisted in Buncombe County, North Carolina: Gabriel during April of 1863 and James during April of 1864. Family lore suggests that James had his leg amputated and died on February 7, 1865. It is believed that Gabriel died of measles on February 26, 1865. Their cousin, James Mitchell Cordell, also a private in Company K, enlisted on April 17, 1863 in Buncombe County, North Carolina and died on January 18, 1864.

Isaac Byrum, Jr. was born on a farm near Ryland, Chowan County, North Carolina to Isaac Birum, Sr. and Clarkey Hollowell on 2 May 1840. He enlisted as a Private in Company M, 1st Regiment NC Infantry for a period of 6 months on 15 June 1861 at the age of 21. This company was mustered out of service on November 12th and 13th of 1861. He re-enlisted on 15 February 1862 as a Private in Company F, 11th Regiment NC Troops. He was present or accounted for until wounded in the left leg, which was later amputated, and left for dead at the battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863. Here is his own rather short account, as preserved by his granddaughter, Evelyn Jordan, of the story:  "It was a hot day. I tried to drag myself to some shade, but couldn't for all the other wounded and dead laying around. Flies were beginning to blow it, so I tore a piece of my shirt off and wrapped the wound. It was about sundown when they, the Yanks, picked me up off the field. I thought they could have saved the leg if they had picked me up earlier." Once captured by the Union, Byrum was transferred between various Federal hospitals before finally being confined at Point Lookout, Maryland. It was from here that he had to make his way home after having been paroled and transferred for exchange. Upon parole, he was retired to the Invalid Corps on 2 June 1864. His artificial leg is available for viewing at the Museum of the Albemarle.

Isaac Byrum

John Morefield, born in Virginia in 1824, enlisted as a private in Company D on March 25, 1864 at Morgantown, North Carolina. He was mortally wounded at the Second Battle of Reams Station on August 25, 1864.

Private Cyrus Alexander Allen, Company A, served the first day at Gettysburg during which fight the 11th North Carolina almost anihilated the Iron Brigade, but lost almost half its number in doing so. The second day of the battle the regiment was held in reserve and on the third day it took part in Pickett's Charge. Cyrus was wounded in the arm and captured after he and his compatriots reached the wall, but were out-flanked and cut-off. He was confined in Fort Delaware. Cyrus was exchanged and paroled in late August of 1863 and returned to duty in November. He was captured again at Petersburg when the Confederate lines were overrun on the night of April 2, 1865 and again confined at Fort Delaware. He was finally released on June 19, 1865.

Private Frederick Washington Dellinger served in Company I. He was born on October 28, 1844 in the Cherryville area of Gaston County. "Wash", as everyone knew him, was the son of Frederick Lineberger and Polly Dellinger and he enlisted in the Confederate Army on March 15, 1862, at the age of eighteen for three years or for the war. He saw action at the Battle of Gettysburg where he was wounded. Wash was captured between July 4-14 1863 and was held as a prisoner of war at David's Island, New York Harbor. Wash returned to duty after being exchanged and his service records show that he was hospitalized at Farmville, Virginia on May 11, 1864, for a gunshot wound to the right breast. Wash again returned to duty in October of 1864, and in February of 1865, was transferred to Company E of the 34th Regiment. His brothers Jacob and Henry were also serving in the 34th Regiment. Wash was captured again in March of 1865, where he was confined at the Old Capital Prison in Washington, D.C. While a POW, Frederick Washington Dellinger was helping to prepare Ford's Theater for Lincoln's visit; that night they were allowed to stay for the play and he was a witness to the assassination. Wash was active in attending the old soldier's reunions until his death on July 10, 1932 and was buried beside his first wife, Julia Hendrick, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Shelby, North Carolina.

Frederick W. Dellinger

Colonel William Joseph Martin, F&S, was a professor of mineralogy at UNC – Chapel Hill when he left to raise volunteers for the war. After the war, he returned to teaching at the university.

Private Levi Crow, Company K, enlisted at the beginning of the war and was at Appomatox for the surrender.

Private Kinchen, Company B, of Burke County, North Carolina, died in the Point Lookout POW Camp on April 23, 1865

Philip Himpton Dellinger, born on 1 December 1837. He is the son of George "Hoppy-kick" Dellinger and Barbara Anthony. Phillip was 22 years old when he Joined the Confederate army as a private on 11 March 1862. He was enlisted by Captain Haynes in Lincolnton NC and was assigned to I Company( Enfield Blues) 11th Regiment NC Infantry (Bloody Bethel). Private Dellinger was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg on 1 July 1863 and was taken as a POW by the enemy. He was sent to Decamp General Hospital located at David's Island, New York Harbor. Muster records show that he was paroled during a prisoner exchange sometimes during the months of September- October 1863 and was sent home on furlough. Muster records later show that Pvt. Dellinger was exchanged and present with his unit on 23 February 1864. On 5 May 1864, Private Dellinger suffered a gun shot wound to his left thigh at the battle of the Wilderness. On 8 May 1864, his left leg was amputated on the field. He was placed in the invalid Corps and was retired from service by the medical board in Raleigh NC on 6 November 1864. Private Philip H. Dellinger married Sarah Evans on 15 Nov 1865, they had seven children together. He passed away on 2 June 1920, and is buried at Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Cherryville, Gaston County, North Carolina.

Private William Franklin Carpenter. Company I, from Lincoln County, North Carolina, wounded at Gettysburg, captured, became a POW at Point Lookout and was exchanged on March 28, 1865.




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