Catawba County, NC Soldiers Buried at
Mt. Ruhama Baptist
Church Cemetery,
Maiden, NC


On August 3, 1816, missionaries from the Broad River association, Drury Dobbins and Berryman Hicks, organized Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church. The church was organized with 37 members. Mt. Ruhama was established 175 years after the first Baptist church in America was organized and 89 years after the first Baptist church in North Carolina. This makes Mt. Ruhama one of the oldest churches in our state and nation.

When first established the church was known as "Killians Meeting House". No one knows when the name was changed to Mt. Ruhama. One of the meanings of Ruhama is "blessings," and truly this church has been a blessing to the community for 200 years.

Four church buildings have been erected on the current site as well as a fellowship addition. Seventeen men who answered their states call to fight for Southern independence are buried at Mt. Ruhama and its unknown how many of its young men never returned.
 


 

DANIEL HENRY "Mitt" ABERNATHY (15 Apr 1840 - 18 Feb 1926)

ABERNATHY, Daniel H. - Company C, 16th Regiment, NC Troops - Enlisted as a Private on 26 September 1862 at the age of 27 in Company C, 16th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 26 September 1862. Captured on 01 April 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA. Confined at Point Lookout, MD. Released on 23 June 1865 after taking Oath of Allegiance. (Plot:6-16-FI)

 

JOHN FRANKLIN ABERNATHY (6 Oct 1836 - Jan. 22, 1892)

ABERNATHY, JOHN F., Private, Company F, 23rd Regiment, NC Troops. Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 24, June 6, 1861. Present or accounted for until wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862. Returned to duty prior to March 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until captured at Winchester, Virginia, September 19, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until paroled and transferred to Boulware's Wharf, James River, Virginia, where he was received March 18, 1865, for exchange. (Plot: 12-18-CI) [NCT 7:196]

 

TURNER ARMSTRONG (29 Dec 1829 - 12 Jan 1864)

ARMSTRONG, TURNER, Private, Company K, 46th Regiment N.C. Troops - Resided in Catawba County and enlisted at age 35, October 1, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until wounded at Fredericksburg, Virginia. December 13, 1862. Returned to duty prior to January 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until he died in hospital at Lynchburg, Virginia, on or about January 12. 1864, of "bronchitis chr[onic]" and/or "chronic diarrhoea." (Plot: 27-3-BIV  [Vol. 11:229]

 

JOSEPH WARNING BARKER (19 Feb 1843 - 28 Dec 1921)

BARKER, Joseph W., Private, Co. F, 23rd Regiment, NC Troops - Place and date of enlistment not reported. Name appears on a regimental record dated October, 1862, which states he was sent to hospital. No further records. [NCT 7:196]

 


AARON PRESSLEY "Press" BUMGARNER (29 Dec 1828 - 26 Sep 1873)

BUMGARNER, ARAM, Private, Company K, 46th Regiment N.C. Troops - Resided in Catawba County and enlisted at Camp Vance at age 44, September 25, 1863, for the war. Present or accounted for until wounded at Reams' Station, Virginia, August 25, 1864. Reported absent on furlough through December, 1864. (Plot: 20-2-CIII ) [NCT 11:230]

 

ABEL CALDWELL (20 Jul 1841 - 22 Dec 1913)

CALDWELL, ABEL, Private, Company I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 20, March 19, 1862. Reported present from November, 1862, through December, 1863, and in March-April, 1864, Wounded in the hand at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, May 16, 1864. Returned to duty prior to July 1, 1864. Reported present in July-August, 1864. Captured at Fort Stedman, Virginia, March 25, 1865. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until released on June 24, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. (Plot: 13-28-DII ) [NCT 12:118]

 

 

HENDERSON C. CALDWELL (22 Mar 1833 - 19 Nov 1869)

CALDWELL, HENDERSON, Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 30, March 31, 1863, for the war. Present or accounted for until he deserted on June 4, 1863. Returned to duty prior to November 2, 1864. Detailed for light duty at Charlotte on or about November 16, 1864. Reported absent on detail through December, 1864. [NCT 9:47)

CALDWELL, H.C., Private, Company E, 2nd Regiment, NC Artillery - Resided in Catawba County. Appears on the list of prisoners confined at Castle Thunder Prison, Richmond, Virginia, admitted to the hospital in Richmond with a hernia May 24, 1864 and returned to prison June 7, 1864. Pardoned by the President as one of the prisoners who volunteered to join the Winder Legion to defend the City of Richmond against raids. List of pardons dated August 3, 1864.(Plot: 27-14-BIV) [NCT-1:249]

 

JOHN DAVID CALDWELL (5 Feb 1831 - 23 Oct 1903)

CALDWELL, J. D., Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Enlisted in Catawba County on October 1, 1863, for the war. Transferred to Company I, 4th Regiment N.C. State Troops, October 12, 1863. [NCT 9:48]

CALDWELL, J. D., Private, Company I, 4th - Previously served as Private in Company E, 32nd Regiment N.C. Troops. Transferred to this company on Octoberber 12, 1863. Present or accounted for through August, 1864. (Plot: 2-22-BI) [NCT 4:97]

 

JOHN J. CALDWELL (31 Oct 1837 - 11 Sep 1922)

CALDWELL, JOHN J., Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 29, September 25, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until captured at or near Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, on or about May 10, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, May 18, 1864. Transferred to Elmira, New York, August 3, 1864. Released at Elmira on June 27, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. (Plot: 14-26-EII)  [NCT 9:48]

 

LEVI J. CALDWELL (29 May 1842 - 16 Jun 1906)

CALDWELL, LEVI J., Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 20, September 25, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until captured at or near Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, on or about May 10, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, May 18, 1864. Transferred to Elmira, New York, August 3, 1864. Paroled at Elmira on October 11, 1864, and transferred to Venus Point, Savannah River, Georgia, where he was received on November 15, 1864, for exchange. Returned to duty in January-February, 1865. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. (Plot: 27-9-BIV) [NCT 9:48]

 

WILLIAM CLAYTON CALDWELL (4 Dec 1838 - 28 May 1938)

CALDWELL, WILLIAM C., Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment N.C. Troops - Enlisted in Catawba County on October 1, 1863, for the war. Transferred to Company I, 4th Regiment N.C. State Troops, October 3, 1863. [NCT 9:48]

CALDWELL, W. C, Private, Company I, 4th Regiment N.C. State Troops - Previously served as Private in Company E, 32nd Regiment N.C. Troops. Transferred to this company on October 3, 1863. Present or accounted for through August, 1864. North Carolina pension records indicate he was wounded on September 18, 1864; however, battle in which wounded not reported. Admitted to hospital at Lynchburg, Virginia, September 25, 1864, and reported in hospital through December, 1864. (Plot: 27-12-BIV) [NCT 4:97

 

JOHN LUTHER CAMPBELL 2 Sep. 1845 - 5 May 1829

CAMPBELL, J. L., Company B, 1st Battalion, NC Junior Reserves - North Carolina pension records indicate that he served in this company. Survived the war. [NCT 17:128]

 

JOHN LEMUEL CROUSE (7 Dec 1833 - 15 Jun 1905)

CROUSE, J. LEMUEL, Private, Company E, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 28, September 25, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until he surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. (Plot: 2-15-BI)  [NCT 9:48]

 

DANIEL H. CURLEE (11 Dec 1843 - 11 Mar 1924)

CURLEE, DANIEL H., Private, Company C, 42nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Stanly County and enlisted in Rowan County at age 18, February 1, 1862. Present or accounted for through October, 1864. Paroled on May 23, 1865 [North Carolina pension records indicate he was wounded in an unspecified engagement in 1863. (Plot: 14-42-EII) [NCT 10:220]

 

JONES H. DEAL (15 Jun 1845 - 4 Jun 1926)

DEAL, JONAS H., Private, Company K, 35th Regiment N. C. Troops - Born in Burke County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Burke County at age 17, October 15, 1861. Reported present during January-April, 1862,and November, 1864-February, 1865. Captured at or near Fort Stedman, Virginia, March 25, 1865. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until released on June 26, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. [NCT 9:453]]

 

JOHN PHILIP D. "Dry Phip" DRUM (6 Mar 1835 - 9 Nov 1919)

DRUM, J. PHILIP, Private, Company I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 27, May 3, 1862, for the war. Reported present or accounted for from November, 1862, through December, 1863, and in May-August, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. (Plot: 14-33-EII)  [NCT 12:119]

 

RUFUS LITTLETON DRUM (23 Oct 1825 - 26 May 1904)

DRUM, RUFUS L., Private, Co I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops - Enlisted at age 38 in November, 1864, for the war. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.[Plot: 14-31-EII) [NCT 12:119]

 

REUBEN GILLILAND (~1841 - 21 Apr 1862)

GILLILAND, REUBEN, Private, Company I, 49th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 19, March 19, 1862. Died in hospital at Raleigh on or about April 21, 1862, of "pneumonia." (Plot: 20-4-CIII) [NCT 12:120]

 

JOSEPH LYTTLE "Dock" HEWITT (9 Aug 1845 - 16 Oct 1938)

HEWITT, JOSEPH L., Private, Company K, 46th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 18, March 20, 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded at Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862. Returned to duty in January-February, 1863. Present or accounted for until wounded at Wilderness, Virginia, May 5, 1864. Reported absent wounded or absent on furlough through December, 1864. [North Carolina pension records indicate that he survived the war.] (Plot: 4-2-DI) [NCT 11:233]

J. L, HEWITT - I enlisted March 26th, 1862. I was one of the youngest soldiers that left Catawba County, I was only 16 years old." I joined Capt. A. T. Bost's Company (Co. K. 46th Regiment), Cook's Brigade, Heath's Division A. P. Hill's Corps. We first went to Raleigh; then to Greensboro; Then to Richmond Va., at the Seven Pines Battle; to Malvern Hill from there; then over into Maryland, and up into Pennsylvania. I was wounded at Sharpsburg, Md., Sept. 13th, 1862.

"I was in all of the battles of Harper's Ferry, Fredericksburg, and all the skirmishes around Richmond and Petersburg. I was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, May 4th. 1864. (Space will not permit my giving all my records).

I came home Sept. 10th, 1864, with a bad wound. I was at home at the time of Lee's surrender, still quite ill with my wound.

After the surrender, I was almost in destitute circumstances. In 1860, I farmed some; then learned the millwright's trade, and worked at that until 1878. I then got in the United States Marshall service; was in that two years. I then was storekeeper and gauger in the Revenue Department, and served that until the Watt's law came into effect. (Hit of all this, I made quite a nice little pile, and am now on my farm. I was married in 1866 to a Miss Rabb. I have six children living; five boys and one girl.

I was elected to the office of Justice of The Peace at the age of twenty years, and still hold the office yet at the age of 65 years." [CS pg. 275]

 

DAVID H. PARKER (19 Feb 1837 - 8 Nov 1906)

PARKER, DAVID H., Private, Company F, 32nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County and enlisted at Camp Holmes, near Raleigh, at age 25, October 17, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until hospitalized at Charlotte on March 15, 1865, with a gunshot wound of the "lower extremities right." Place and date wounded not reported. No further records..[NCT 9:62]

 

JOHN L. TURBYFILL (20 Jan 1837 - 211 Jun 1922)

TURBYFILL, JOHN L., Musician, Company C, 26th Regiment, NC Troops - - Resided in Catawba County and enlisted at Camp Fisher at age 21, September 10, 1861. Mustered in as Private. Wounded at Mechanicsville, Virginia, June 26, 1862. Returned to duty prior to November 1, 1862. Promoted to Musician in May, 1863-October, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. (Plot; 19-1-BIII) [NCT 12:119] 

 

REFERENCES:
NCT = North Carolina Troops - 1861-1865-A Roster, N.C. Dept. of Achives & History, Raleigh, NC (1983-2001)

[Marker photographs by Mark Nixon]


 

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