18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment

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Frederick Lee David Herman, enlisted August 14, 1862 in Company A, 18th Regiment North Carolina Troops. Captured at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia May 12, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland until transferred to Elmira, New York on August 3, 1864. Paroled at Elmira & transfered to James River, Virginia where he was received for exchange. Furloughed from hospital at Richmond, Virginia on February 25, 1865.

Archibald Benjamin Rooks and William Henry Barnhill were both from the Bladen/New Hanover County area of North Carolina. They were taken prisoner at Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 12, 1864, taken to Point Lookout and transferred to Elmira. There, they spent the rest of the war.

Private Micajah Wilkerson fought at Gettysburg and survived the war. He was from Cove Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina and died in California.

Private Edward Walter Hawkins, Company G, was the son of Samuel and Jane (Webb) Hawkins. He married Drusilla Burgess, daughter of William and Matilda (Padgett) Burgess. He was a farmer by occupation and thoroughly enjoyed it. Arising in the wee hours of the morning, he would sing quite loudly as he went about his morning chores, making sure that his most distant neighbors knew it was time to rise and shine. He was a deeply religious man, rearing his children to be God-fearing, hard working members of society. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, leaving his beloved Drusilla and their six children, the oldest being only eleven years old at the time. In his letters home, he expressed great concern for them and his prayers for their well-being. After he was shot through the hand, he recevied three months furlough. It took him a month to walk home from Virginia, because there were no marked roads. He stayed a month at home and then had a month to walk back, but the war ended and he didn't have to go back. Edward Walter and Drusilla were the parents of seven children, one born after his return from the war. He was born 22 Apr 1830, died 11 Jan 1917, and is buried at High Shoal Baptist Cemetery, Henrietta, Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Edward W. Fowler served in Company C (The Columbus Guards No. 3). He enlisted as a private and was mustered out as a 2nd Lieutenant. Family lore says Edward (or Ned as the family called him) lost a leg at Petersburg, Virginia. Ned's brothers, William and Josiah as well as his father, James, all served with the 20th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, Company D.

2nd Lieutenant Edward W. Fowler was born in Columbus County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting at age 23, on April 24, 1861. Mustered in as private, he was promoted to corporal prior to September 1, 1861. Promoted to 1st sergeant in November, 1861-October 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded in the left shoulder at Frayser's Farm, Virginia, June 30, 1862. Returned to duty in November-December 1862 and was appointed 2nd lieutenant on August 16, 1863. Present or accounted for until hospitalized at Petersburg, Virginia on September 15, 1864, with a gunshot wound of the left thigh (place and date wounded not reported). Left thigh amputated. Reported absent wounded through February 1865.

Private Elijah Spurgeon Hudson, Company C, 18th North Carolina, was born on 9 Nov 1834 in Stanly County, North Carolina and died on 15 Jul 1917 in Stanly County, North Carolina. Buried at Old Hudson Family Cemetery, Stanly County, North Carolina.

Private Micajah Wilkerson, Company F of the 18th North Carolina Volunteers, survived the war and lived into the 20th century when he died in California near Bakersfield.

Private Ralph Regan, Jr., Company D, died of wounds suffered at Gettysburg on 6 July 1863 at Hagerstown, Maryland.

Sergeant Martin Vance Stanley was born in Columbus County, the son of William Jackson Stanley and Helen Victoria Gore. At the age of 21, he was a farmer by occupation prior to enlisting at Whiteville, Columbus County, on May 24, 1861 in Captain Forney's Company of State Volunteers. He was mustered into service at Fort Caswell on June 15, 1861 for one year service as a sergeant and was present and accounted for until wounded at the Battle of Manassas, Virgina on August 30, 1862. Sergeant Stanley died September 5, 1862 of his wounds. Place of death not reported.

Private Abraham Minton, Company H, was among the 92 survivors to be paroled at Appomattox. He was born in 1833 in North Carolina, and died March 10, 1925 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Private Stephen D. Pridgen, at age 30, enlisted in Company A at New Hanover County on March 3, 1862. He was present or accounted for through August 1864.

Corporal Alonzo Pridgen, Company E (aka Moore’s Creek Rifle Guards), 18th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, was born September 29, 1835 in New Hanover County and was a farmer until enlisting on May 17, 1861 on the lower Black River at age 25 years. He was mustered into service as corporal and died August 29, 1862 in Caintuck District, New Hanover County at his father’s residence of wounds received in battle at Hanover Court House, Virginia on May 27, 1862.

Private Haywood Hinton Pridgen, Company E, was born April 19, 1840 in New Hanover County and was a farmer until enlisting at Camp Wyatt on August 15, 1861 at age 21 years. He was present or accounted for until wounded in the shoulder and leg and captured at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Hospitalized at Gettysburg, he died on July 15, 1863 of his battle wounds.

Private Archibald Benjamin Rooks joined the 8th Volunteers that later became a part of the 18th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was wounded and captured on May 27, 1862 at Hanover Court House. Private Rooks was also captured two other times. The second time was on May 3, 1863 near Fredericksburg and the third time was on May 12, 1864 at Spottsylvania. He was a prisoner at Elmira, New York from August 3, 1864 until June 12, 1865.

Private Absalom C. Carlton, Company G, enlisted on September 8, 1862 in Iredell County, North Carolina. He was captured at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and died of disease on September 14, 1863 in the Federal Prison Camp at Fort Delaware, Delaware.

Captain Samuel Aretus Long, Company C (Columbus Guards), was wounded at the battle of Gaines’ Mill during the Seven Days and at Fredericksburg.

Corporal Richard B. Gillespie, Sergeant David F. Gillespie and Private Joseph Gillespie were three brothers who mustered in service with the regiment about the same time, but only Joseph survived the war. David and Richard died early in the war of disease. A fourth brother did not serve as his mother needed him at home.

Members of the Pridgen family served with honor and made great sacrifices in Company E of the 18th North Carolina. Isaiah Peter Pridgen, Jr. was the brother of Haywood Hinton Pridgen, Alonzo Pridgen, and Stephen Decatur Pridgen. He lived at Point Caswell in New Hanover County (now Pender County), North Carolina. He was killed during the Union Breakthrough of our lines in Petersburg on April 2, 1865. Captured and shot in the bowels, he was accompanied by his brother-in-law George Washington F. Woodcock, whose affidavit accompanied this attached pension application. Isaiah was born 28 May 1824 in Canetuck, New Hanover County and enlisted in October of 1864 at Camp Holmes. Josephine Pridgen was the sister of the above named four heroes. There were also three brothers-in-law who served in Company E; G.W.F. Woodcock (Ruth Emma Celeste Pridgen); Napoleon Bonaparte Corbett (Mellissa Pridgen); and Columbus Barnhill (Amy Pridgen). Also in Company E were first-cousins (all brothers) Bradley Fennell Pridgen (b. 1/4/1835) who enlisted at Lower Black River in New Hanover County, North Carolina on 5/17/1861 and was killed at Hanover Court House on 5/27/1862; Charles J. Pridgen (b. 1829) enlisted 9/10/1861 at Camp Wyatt, wounded Gettysburg on 7/3/1863, captured at Spotsylvania on 5/12/1864, imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland, transferred to Elmira on 8/3/1864 and released on 6/12/1865 after "taking the oath"; Columbus Van Buren Pridgen (4/30/1836-12/9/1873) enlisted Lower Black River 5/17/1861, was wounded "accidentally" on 7/27/1862 and retired to the Invalid Corps on 4/15/1864; and James Fennell Pridgen (b. 1842) enlisted Camp Wyatt on 8/15/1861, wounded at Frayser's Farm on 6/30/1862, returned to duty in January/February 1863, wounded at Chancellorsville on 5/3/1863, and promoted Corporal in January/February of 1865. Another cousin was Timothy Fletcher Pridgen of Bladen County (b. 2/5/1843). He was wounded at Deep Bottom, Virginia on 7/28/1864.

Private Ladson Roddy, Company E, entered service through the Conscript Act on July 18, 1862 and is listed as deceased on July 13, 1863 according to Company Muster Rolls, Roll of Honor and Register for widows pension. He’s buried at the Old Soldiers Cemetery in Mt. Jackson, Virginia across the road from the Confederate Hospital that was located there.

Malcolm Gilchrist McKay and his brother Artemus McKay enrolled in Company F, 8th North Carolina Infantry (Later to be the 18th North Carolina) in June of 1861. Artemus died at Emria Prison, New York on October 29, 1864. They both had been captured at Spottsylvania Court House, Virginia. Malcom was exchanged on October 30th and returned to his home in December of 1964. He returned to his unit in January of 1865 and surrendered (one of ten soldiers in Company F) with General Robert E. Lee at Appomatox.

Private Edward Pate, Company B (Bladen Light Infantry), enlisted May 3, 1861 and was killed at Hanover Court House, Virginia on May 27, 1862. His father, James Pate (Pait), served as a private in the 8th Regiment (Senior Reserves), 78th North Carolina., Company D (Callihan’s Company) in 1864-5, defending Wilmington. His name, and those of his other sons was listed at Pait instead of Pate, by their enlisting officer, Capt. Robert Tait, and they retained the new spelling. His other sons served in the 36th Regiment (2nd Artillery), North Carolina Troops, 3rd Company B at Fort Fisher.

Private David Timothy Pate, Company B (Bladen Light Infantry), enlisted May 3, 1861 and was wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, thereafter was captured and imprisoned at Elmira, New York and Point Lookout, Maryland. He was paroled at City Point, Virginia on March 30, 1864 in a prisoner exchange.

Private Stephen Pate, Company B (Bladen Light Infantry), enlisted April 26, 1861.

1st Sergeant William James Edwards, Company B (Bladen Light Infantry), was a brother-in-law of the Pate brothers.

Corporal Alva Lawson, Company D, was captured at Hanover Court House. Later captured at Spotyslvania Court House and sent to Elmira Prison.

Corporal James P. Inman, Company D, was present during the Breakthrough Battle and surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

3rd Lieutenant Allen Arren Inman, Company D, was captured at Gettysburg.

Private Amos Britt, Company D, was wounded at Hanover Court House.

Private Everitt J. Britt, Company D, was killed at Hanover Court House.

Private Hartwell Spain Love, Company A, enlisted on September 8, 1862 and was captured on May 6, 1864 at the Wilderness. He was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland and eventually to Elmira, New York, where he died of pneumonia on December 16, 1864. He is buried at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

Private John Bunyon Sutton, Company A, was captured at Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 12, 1864. He was taken to Point Lookout, Maryland on May 18, 1864 and tranferred to Elmira on August 6th. He would die there of disease on September 23, 1864.

Private Martin Southard, Company I, was a tenant farmer near Dobson, Surry County, with wife Ruth and five children when he enlisted on August 17, 1862 under the Conscript Act. He was killed on December 13, 1862 at the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Sergeant Dennis Storm, Company B, was wounded in the thigh and taken prisoner at Gettysburg and returned in the prisoner trade just prior to the dedication of the National Cemetery by Abraham Lincoln. An “s” was added to his surname by Dennis’ second wife Alice as he never learned to read or write. His grandson, Morgan S. Storms of Bladen County who lived to be 102 years old, said his grandfather Dennis rarely spoke of the war.

Private Joseph A. Baber, Company H, served from August 18, 1862 until his death on January 1, 1863. His daughter, Elizabeth Baber Morrow, was born on February 5, 1863, five weeks after his death.

Private Caleb Alexander Blackwelder, Company K, enlisted 18 July 1862 and participated in the battles of Mechanicsville, Frayser's Farm and Gaines' Mill during the Seven Days Campaign, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Manassas, capture of Harper's Ferry, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was wounded in the left shoulder and arm during the Pickett/Pettigrew/Trimble charge, spent the next year recovering and rejoined his regiment on 31 December 1864.




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