26th Regiment North Carolina Troops

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Joel T. Gaddy was born to Thomas Gaddy and Elizabeth McLendon on December 10, 1839/1840. He died on May 3, 1925/1929 in Anson Co, NC. He was interred in Eastview Cemetery, Anson Co, NC. His nickname was Jessie. Listed in Eastview Cemetery with wife Flora. Enlisted as a Corporal on July 1, 1861 at the age of 21. Wounded on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Returned on December 15, 1863. Promoted to Full Sergeant on 15 December 1863. Wounded on 25 August 1864 at Reams' Station, VA. Returned on 15 October 1864. Paroled on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA. Sheriff Anson Cnty. He is a 4th cousin, 3 times removed, of Donald Steven Smith.

William J. Leard (1827-1897), the gg uncle of Donna Schwieder, served the Confederate States of America in the War of Northern Aggression enlisting on 10 May 1862. He was wounded in the leg at Gettysburg 1863 and captured. He was hospitalized at Gettsyburg and later in September 1863 was exchanged for another prisoner. He was back on Confederate duty in November 1864, but was captured again at Petersberg, Virginia, and confined at Point Lookout, Maryland. He took the Oath of Allegiance on 24 June 1865 and released. After the war William returned home to Anson County, North Carolina, and served on the Board of County Commissioners and was chairman 1868-1869. He married Angeline Reese Phillips.

Gus Reich was a member of the regiment's brass band which came from Salem, North Carolina. He was well known for a magical act he did both during and after the war and was called "the Wizzard of the Blue Ridge."

Joseph R. Baldwin was born 20 Aug 1831 in the Whitetop Community of Grayson County, Virginia. He was the son of William D. Baldwin & Margaret Stringer. He married Marilda Jones in 1851 in Grayson County, Virginia. Lived in Ashe County near the Lansing community prior to the war. Joseph enlisted in Company A, 26th NC Infantry Regiment (aka Jeff Davis Mountaineers) on 9 October 1862 at Camp French. Wounded in left thigh and taken prisoner at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863, hospitalized at Chambersburg, PA where left leg was amputated due to wounds. Paroled at Baltimore, MD 12 Nov 1863, transferred to City Point, VA for exchange 17 Nov 1863. Retired from service betwenn July-October 1864. After the civil war, Joseph R. Baldwin returned to Ashe County and became a Baptist minister and farmer. He died on 13 Feb 1909 and is buried in the Baldwin Cemetery in Lansing, Ashe County, NC. Obiturary states 'He professed and claimed a hope in Christ...and joined the Primitive Baptist Church at Big Helton. He was ordained to preach the gospel on our Lord Jesus Christ'. His grave is marked by a VA confederate headstone. Joseph was my 3rd great grandfather through his daughter Melvina Baldwin.

Jesse Bare was born 17 October 1844 in Ashe County, N.C. He was the youngest son of Hugh Bare & Mary Polly Koontz. Jesse enlisted in Company A, 26th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 15 May 1863 at the age of 18. He was captured on 18 Sept 1864 at the Battle of Aitkens Landing in Virginia. He was released from prison upon oath of Allegiance in October 1864. Jesse Bare died on 16 Oct 1929 in Ashe County, NC. He was the brother of my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Bare (see Co A, 34th NC Infantry Regiment).

Rudolph Bare was born 29 Oct 1837 in Ashe County, N.C. He was the son of Hugh Bare & Polly Koontz. He enlisted in Company A, 26th Infantry Regiment on 17 May 1861. Rudolph Bare died on 30 March 1919 in Ashe County, NC. He was the brother of my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Bare.

Eli Bower was born in 1842 in Ashe County, N.C., the son of John Bower & Sarah Poe. Enlisted as a private in Company A, 26th NC infantry 'Jeff Davis Mountaineers' on 17 May 1861 at the age of 18. Contracted walking pneumonia and was sent home. Died of disease on 15 May 1862 at his parent's home in Ashe County. He is buried at the Bower family cemetery on land which is now the Jefferson Landing Golf Course in Ashe County, NC. He was the brother of my 3rd great grandfather Francis Marion Bower.

George Bower was born 8 Jul 1845 in Ashe County N.C, son of John Bower & Sarah Poe. He is the brother of my 3rd great grandfather Marion Bower. Enlisted in Co. A, 26th NC infantry (Jeff Davis Mountaineers) as a Private on 17 May 1861 at the age of 15. Married Ellen Calloway on 7 Apr 1871 in Ashe County. George Bower died on 17 Feb 1903 in Ashe County, North Carolina. He is buried with his parents in the Bower Family Cemetery on the property that is now the Jefferson Landing Golf Course.

Ambrose Duvall is the great, great, grandfather of Dennis Stapleton on his mother's side. He was fortunate enough to know his grandmother Sue Greene who was married to Leigh Greene. She told him many stories of her grandfather Ambrose after he came home from the war. Dennis have found many records of Ambrose including hospital records. He was wounded on the first day of Gettysburg and promoted to Captain the next day as many of the men of the 26th North Carolina were disabled or killed at the first day of Gettysburg.

George W. Little was born about 1838 in Ashe County, NC. Son of Isaac Little & Elizabeth J. Poe. Enlisted as a Private in Co.A, 26th NC Infantry on 17 May 1861 at the age of 22. Taken prisoner at Petersburg, VA 27 Oct 1864. Sent to Point Lookout, MD and transferred to Boulware's Wharf, James River, VA for exchange 30 Mar 1865. Married Louisa Bowers, date of death unknown, buried in Ashe Co. Cem. P02. George Little was the brother of Don Taylor's 3rd great grandmother Lucinda Little Bare.

Harrison Miller enlisted as a Musician on 17 May 1861 at the age of 19. Promoted to Full Drummer on 1 Sep 1861. Harrison was actually 15 years old at the time of enlistment. His daughter Cynthia was the 2nd wife of Don Taylor's great great grandfather William Hardin Parsons of Ashe County, NC. Harrison Miller died prior to 1900, burial location unknown.

Canada Richardson was born in 1831 in Ashe County, NC. Son of William Richardson & Jennie Upchurch. Enlisted in Co. A, 26th NC Infantry on 17 May 1861. Died of disease on 15 Mar 1862 in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina. Burial location unknown. He is the 4th great uncle of Don Taylor thru his sister Nelly Richardson. He was named after his grandfather.

James Wesley Parleir was the son of Jonathan Parleir & Rebecca Shinn. Born 1830 in Wilkes County, NC. Died January 23, 1869 in Wilkes County, NC. Family history tells that he was a schoolteacher on Walnut Grove Mountain in Wilkes County prior to the war. U.S. Civil War- enisted as private on Sept. 23, 1862 at the age of 32. Served in Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment of NC Confederate Army. Wounded in combat at Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA, hospitalized on 5/16/1864 in Richmond VA. Returned to duty 7/30/1864. Shot in the hand near Petersburg, VA about January 1865. Recognized for distinguished service. He is buried in the Parleir Family Cemetery off Brocktown Road near Moravian Falls in Wilkes County, NC.Don Taylor's 4th great grandfather through his daughter Mary Parlier Moore.

George W. Parlier was born October 1832 in Wilkes County, NC. Son of Jonathan Parlier & Becky Shinn. Married Elizabeth Cook on 15 Jan 1856 in Wilkes County. Enlisted as a private on 23 Sep 1862 at Camp Holmes in Raleigh, NC. Died 26 Jan 1911 in Brushy Mountain Township, Wilkes County, NC. Brother of Don Taylor's 4th great grandfather James Wesley Parlier, who also served in Co. I.

John Friddle enlisted on January 5, 1862. Was at Gettysburg with Gen. Pickett. John was one of the men who made it across the fence, then was captured. Confined to Ft. Delaware on July, 7 1863. Died of disease on Sept. 13, 1863 and buried at Finns Point National Cemetery.

Post-war photo of Joseph R. Baldwin & Marilda Jones. The photo was provided to Don Taylor by Sandra Blevins, great granddaughter of Joesph R. Baldwin.


George Friddle Co. I, 26th North Carolina died at Petersburg, Virginia.

Willian C Boylin was the oldest uncle of my paternal Grandfather and John W Hyatt was the oldest uncle of my paternal grandmother. Both were killed at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. F. Paul Boylin III

Sgt. William Dumas Brewer, Company H (Moore Independents), from Moore County, North Carolina was a casualty during the first day's fighting at Gettysburg. His great great great granddaughter, Kelly A. Hinson, is the Third Vice President of the John Blue Chapter #2174 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Director of the Moore Junior Reserves.

Corporal William Henry Dabbs and his brother, Sgt. David Sidney Dabbs, served in Company K, The Pee Dee Wildcats, 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, and fought at Malvern Hill, Virginia where William was wounded. David went on to Gettysburg and was killed on July 1, 1863 exactly one year to the day after William had been wounded at Malvern Hill.

Private Bradley Brady, Company H (Moore Independants) was wounded and captured at Gettysburg.

Private Robert D. Tally resided in Chatham County and, when 27 years old, enlisted for the war at Cartersville on May 15, 1862. He was present or accounted for until wounded in the left leg and captured at Bristoe Station, Virginia on October 14, 1863. Private Tally was confined at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, DC, until transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland on October 27, 1863. This data was extracted from North Carolina Troop Records. He was released at Point Lookout on February 25, 1864, after taking the Oath of Allegiance and joining the US Army. The unit to which assigned was not reported. A descendant's research found that Robert was sent to a military hospital in Washington to recover his health prior to being assigned to an U.S. Army unit. After his stay in the hospital, he was sent to a Washington hotel for further recovery. His pension application states his records were stolen while in Washington and he could not remember the military unit to which he was assigned.

George Washington “Wash” Harrington was born 10 June 1840 in Anson County, North Carolina. He enlisted on 5 Oct 1862 and was assigned to Company K, on 10 May 1862 with the rank of Private. He fought at Richmond, Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Gettysburg, and all other battles except for Newbern because he was recovering from a wound. He was still with his regiment at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered. He survived with only flesh wounds and a shock from a shell at the Battle of Gettysburg that left him hard of hearing. In 1877 he took his family to West Tennessee where he made his living as a farmer. He died in 1913 and is buried in Brock Cemetery, Greenfield, Weakley County, Tennessee.

Private James Alexander Scarborough, Company K, was killed in action at Gettysburg.

Private Logan Columbus Teague, Company F, was elected to the ROLL OF HONOR at the Battle of Bristoe Station, Virginia.

Private James Daniel Dorsett, Company E, enlisted at Cartersville in May 1861; fought in all conflicts up to and including Gettysburg, where he was wounded twice on July 1, 1863; and taken to David's Island, New York as a Prisoner of War. He was subsequently returned to City Point, Virginia where he was paroled for exchange on August 6, 1863.

Private James Thomas Howard volunteered for service on May 10, 1862. He was wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and released from service on June 19, 1865. He fathered 6 additional children after the war for a total of 10. Private Howard suffered from “shell shock” and was admitted to Broughton Mental Hospital, Morganton, North Carolina on September 24, 1886 and died there on June 5, 1893. He is buried in the hospital cemetery, row 5, grave 29.

Private Thomas Griffith, Company C, was in the Battle of Gettysburg and was captured on the 3rd of July, 1863. He was confined at Fort Delaware Prisoner of War Camp on or about the 12th of July, 1863. He was there until the 4th of October 1863, where he took the Oath of Allegiance and became a Union Soldier. He was assigned to Company G, 1st Regiment Connecticut Cavalry. He changed his last name to Griffey.

Private Genison D. Caudle, Company K, of Ansonville, Anson County, North Carolina, enlisted 1 Jul 1862. He died 1 Mar 1863 at age 31 of illness in a Goldsboro, North Carolina hospital and was buried there.

Private Absalom A. Caudle, Company K, of Ansonville, Anson County, North Carolina, enlisted at age 34 on 10 May 1862. He was wounded 1 July 1863 at Gettysburg and again on 19 May 1864 seriously wounded in the leg at Spotsylvania, Virginia. Listed absent without leave on 15 July 1864. Died in 1866 at home in Ansonville, Anson County, North Carolina.

Private Calvin Thomas, Company K, was wounded and captured, then sent to Point Lookout.

Privates Green Thomas, Company K, and John Thomas, Company E, were brothers of Calvin Thomas. Green was missing in action and Thomas was wounded and captured.

Private John Washington McCorkle, Company B, was captured near Gettysburg on July 5, 1863. He was wounded and sent to a Washington, D.C. hospital, then to Fort McHenry, Maryland, and finally to the Point Lookout, Maryland prison camp in September or October of 1863. He became a "Galvanized Yankee" (those who joined the Union Army to go West and fight in the Indian War) on January 25, 1864. He served in the 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiment from Virginia and was stationed at Fort Rice, North Dakota, on the Missouri River. He fought Sitting Bull. The Galvanized Yankees by Dee Brown a must-read to understand the conditions of Point Lookout Prison Camp, the journey out west, the life within a far away fort in North Dakota. Private McCorkle was mustered out of the United States Army in November of 1865 and thereafter travelled back to North Carolina. He was an educated man, born in Waxhaw, North Carolina, his family owning land, and lived a good life before the war. His first wife and all of their children, with the exception of one boy, died about 1867. He married again, but his wife and their children also died. He married for the third time a distant cousin and had eight children and they lived together until his death in 1910. He ran a grist mill and became a preacher in his later years, had his own church, and is buried there today. He was a quiet man, so his story was never told because of the fact that he had become a Yankee and that circumstance was not respected at the time. Only six regiments from northern prison camps were trusted to go out west and fight the Indian War.

Private Wade Hampton Rich was born 22 April 1841 in Watauga, North Carolina. He enlisted in Company F on 9 August 1861 at the age of 20 and participated in all major battles in which his regiment was engaged during his term of service. Private Rich was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and awarded the Roll of Honor in accordance with General Orders No. 93. He mustered-out on 1 May 1864 and passed away 17 January 1915 at the age of 73. Wade Hampton Rich rests at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Globe Township, Caldwell County, North Carolina.

Private William Robert "Billy" Rich was born about 1845 in Watauga, North Carolina. He enlisted in Company F on 9 August 1861 along with his brother Wade Hanpton Rich at the age of 17 and participated in all major battles in which his regiment was engaged during his term of service. Private Rich was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and awarded the Roll of Honor in accordance with General Orders No. 93 and wounded again in the battle at Bristoe, Virginia. He mustered-out on 1 May 1864 and passed away around 1920 at the approximate age of 75. William Robert Rich rests at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Globe Township, Caldwell County, North Carolina along with his brother and fellow soldier, Wade.

Private David Sydney Dabbs was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st 1863. The 26th North Carolina served in A.P. Hill's Corps, Heth's Division, Pettigrew's Brigade on that day.

Private John Marley, Company G, died at Gettysburg on July 1st as a member of the 26th North Carolina's color guard. According to David Martin's book- Gettysburg- July 1st, he was the seventh member of the color guard to be killed.

Private Joseph P. Shook, Company F, was killed during the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He was 39 years old when he was conscripted and enlisted in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1863. His residence was in what is now Burke County, Morganton Township, North Carolina and later became Mitchell County, North Carolina. Like so many others, his body was never recovered.

Private George W. Hudspeth, Company F, was wounded at Gettysburg. His brothers, Lieutenant Robert Hudspeth and Private Abel Hudspeth, served in the same company.

Private Ashley Muse, Company H, was mortally wounded on the first day at Gettysburg and died the following day (July 2, 1863).

Musician (drummer) Harrison Baker Miller, Company A, was captured during the Battle of Gettysburg.





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