Catawba County, NC Soldiers Buried at
Oakwood Cemetery
Hickory, NC


Oakwood Cemetery (1889) -- Developed in 1889 as an alternative to the Old Robinson Cemetery, Oakwood Cemetery has a gently rolling terrain and a picturesque system of narrow avenues typical of late nineteenth century designs. Designed by F. A. Grace, the cemetery has a vast majority of the City's earliest leaders and historically prominent citizens buried there.

 

BAKER, Richard Beverly, 33rd Regiment, NC Troops. Appointed Surgeon of this regiment on October 8, 1861. Transferred (apparently to conscription duty in North Carolina) on February 12, 1862. "He was an able, conscientious surgeon." [NCT-9:119]

He would serve under the notable, then Lt. Col., Robert Frederick Hoke. Of the 125,000 men his state contributed to the Confederate cause, it was Hoke who was called "the North Carolina Lee" and was "the most distinguished soldier of North Carolina." In a face-to-face meeting after the war, U.S. Grant admitted that Hoke had administered "the worst drubbing I ever got," at Cold Harbor. (Colonel Robert F. Hoke: Lee's Modest Warrior, by Daniel Barefoot)

The hospital founded by Dr. Richard B. Baker, which bore his name until a short while ago is 300 yards SW of his grave.

 

BERRY, PINKNEY, 1st Lieutenant, Company K, 35th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Burke County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Burke County at age 21, October 15, 1861. Mustered in as Corporal. Present or accounted for during January-April, 1862. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on October 13, 1862. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant on June 5, 1863. Reported present during November, 1864-February, 1865. Captured at Five Forks, Virginia, April 1, 1865. Confined at Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C. Transferred to Johnson's Island, Ohio, April 9, 1865. Released at Johnson's Island on June 18, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance. [North Carolina pension records indicate he was wounded in the right elbow on June 17, 1863.] (After the battle of New Bern, N. C, upon the death of Lieutenant Hale, Julius E. Link was elected Second Lieut. At the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1st 1862, this gallant young officer was killed. Pinkney Berry was promoted from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant.) [NCT-9:450]

 

BURNS, WILLIAM PINKNEY, Private, Company A, 22nd Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at age 18, April 30, 1861. Hospitalized at Farmville, Virginia, on or about August 2, 1864, with "total deafness" resulting from "a severe blow upon right side of head with but[t] of gun." Place and date injured not reported. Discharged on September 1, 1864, by reason of "total deafness." [NCT-7:14]

 

CLAY, MARCUS CALEB, Private, Company G, 57th Regiment, NC Troops - - Resided in Lincoln County where he enlisted at age 27, July 4, 1862, for the war. Mustered in as Sergeant. Reduced to ranks in September-October, 1862. Reported present or accounted for through May 11, 1863. Hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, June 1, 1863, with typhoid fever. Furloughed for thirty days on or about July 3, 1863 (also suffering from chronic diarrhoea and gastritis). Returned to duty prior to September 1, 1863. Captured at Rappahannock Station, Virginia, November 7, 1863. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, November 11, 1863. Paroled at Point Lookout on February 24, 1865. Received at Aiken's Landing, James River, Virginia, February 25-28 or March 2-3, 1865, for exchange. Survived the war. [NCT-9:450]

 

 

COBB, RUFUS FRANKLIN, Private, 2nd Company B, 42nd Regiment N.C. Troops - Enlisted in Rowan County at age 19, January 29, 1862. Present or accounted for until appointed Musician and transferred to the regimental band on or about January 1, 1864.  [NCT-10:209]

 

 

ELLIS, JAMES R., Captain, Company K, 35th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Davidson County and resided in Catawba County where he was by occupation a physician prior to enlisting in Burke County at age 27. Appointed Captain on October 15, 1861. Appointed Surgeon to rank from November 25, 1861, and transferred to the Field and Staff of this regiment. [NCT-9:450]

 


HAWN, GEORGE W., Private, Company E, 32 nd Regiment, NC Troops- Born in Catawba County'* where he resided as a teacher prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 22, August 14, 1861. Present or accounted for until discharged on May 28, 1862, by reason of "inguinal hernia." Reenlisted in the company on March 31, 1863. Present or accounted for until captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3-4, 1863. Confined at Fort Delaware, Delaware, on or about July 7, 1863. Paroled at Fort Delaware and transferred to City Point, Virginia, where he was received on August 1, 1863, for exchange. Returned to duty in January-October, I864. Present or accounted for through February, 1865. Paroled at Greensboro in April, 1865. [NCT-9:50]

Professor George W. Hahn was the author and compiler of The Catawba Soldier in the Civil War, published in 1911.

 

JOHNSON, JAMES THEODORE, Captain, Company K, 35 th Regiment, NC Troops - Born in Catawba* or Burke County and resided in Burke County where he was by occupation a physician prior to enlisting in Burke County at age 24. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on October 15, 1861. Promoted to Captain on November 28, 1861. Reported present during January-February, 1862, and May, 1862. Wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862. Returned to duty, prior to November 1, 1862. Appointed Major on December 14, 1862, and transferred to the Field and Staff of this regiment. Later served as Colonel of this regiment. [NCT-9:450]

 

LYERLY, JOHN LAFAYETTE, Corporal, Company K, 4 th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Rowan County and enlisted in Brunswick County at age 27, May 30, 1861, for the war. Mustered in as Corporal. Discharged on or about March 5, 1862, after being elected 2nd Lieutenant in Company B, 42nd Regiment N.C. Troops. [NCT-10:207]

LYERLY, JOHN LAFAYETTE, 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Company B, 42nd Regiment, NC Troops - Previously served as Corporal in Company K, 4th Regiment N.C. State Troops. Elected 2nd Lieutenant of this company on or about March 5, 1862. No further records. [NCT-10:207]

 

SETZER, JOHN SIDNEY, Private, Company E, 32 nd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 20, August 14, 1861. 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 and transferred to the James River, Virginia, February 20, 1865, for exchange. Hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, March 8, 1865, with debilitas and was furloughed for thirty days on March 9, 1865. [NCT-9:53]

 

SETZER, MARCUS, Private, Company F, 38 th Regiment, NC Troops Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a carpenter prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 30, October 31, 1861. Present or accounted for until transferred to Company A, 12th Regiment N.C. Troops (2nd Regiment N.C. Volunteers), June 10, 1862, in exchange for Private Albert L. Sigman. [NCT-10:65]

SETZER, MARCUS, Private, Company A, 12 th Regiment, NC Troops Previously served in Company F, 38th Regiment N.C. Troops. Transferred to this company on June 10, 1862, in exchange for Private Albert L. Sigman. Present or accounted for until wounded in the leg at Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3, 1863. Returned to duty prior to July 1, 1863, and present or accounted for until paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-5:126]

 

SHUFORD, ABEL ALEXANDER, Company F, 23 nd Regiment, NC Troops - Sergeant - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a clerk prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 19, June 6, 1861. Mustered in as Private and was promoted to Corporal on November 25, 1861. Promoted to Sergeant on May 10, 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862. Returned to duty on or about October 1, 1862. Present or accounted for until wounded and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863. Confined at Fort Delaware, Delaware, until transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland, October 15-18, 1863. Paroled at Point Lookout on February 18, 1865, and transferred to Boulware's and Cox's Wharves, James River, Virginia, where he was received February 20-21, 1865, for exchange. [NCT-7:204]

 

WESTON, JAMES A., Company F, 33rd Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Hyde County where he enlisted. Appointed 1st Lieutenant on September 19, 1861. Captured at New Bern on March 14, 1862. Confined at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor. Transferred to Johnson's Island, Ohio, where he arrived on June 21, 1862. Promoted to Captain on August 5, 1862, while a prisoner of war. Transferred from Johnson's Island to Vicksburg, Mississippi, September 1, 1862. Arrived at Vicksburg on September 20, 1862. Declared exchanged at Aiken's Landing, James River, Virginia, November 10, 1862. Returned to duty prior to January 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until wounded in the leg at Jericho Mills, Virginia, May 23, 1864. Promoted to Major on July 28, 1864, while absent wounded and was transferred to the Field and Staff of this regiment.

WESTON, JAMES A. Previously served as Captain of Company F of this Regiment. Appointed Major on July 28, 1864, and transferred to the Field and Staff. Absent wounded at the time of his promotion. Reported for duty with the Field and Staff in January-February, 1865. Present or accounted for until he surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-9:119; 184]

 

WHITENER, LEROY R., Sergeant, Company A, 12 th Regiment, NC Troops- Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a carpenter prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 23, April 27, 1861. Mustered in as Private and promoted to Sergeant on May 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until wounded in the right leg and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-4, 1863. Hospitalized at Gettysburg until transferred to Davids Island, New York Harbor, July 17-24, 1863. Paroled at Davids Island and transferred to City Point, Virginia, where he was received August 28, 1863, for exchange. Rejoined the company prior to January 1, 1864, and present or accounted for until paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-5:129]

 

YODER, AMZI A., Private - Enlisted in Catawba County on June 1, 1864, for the war. Hospitalized at Petersburg, Virginia, June 17, 1864, with a gunshot wound of the arm. Place and date wounded not reported. Reported present during November, 1864-February, 1865. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-9:461]

 

YOUNT, ABEL M., Private, Company C, 28 nd Regiment, NC Troops- Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted on August 13, 1861. Present or accounted for until he surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-8:152]

 

Some soldiers who were buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Hickory, NC served with units in which military records are not currently available. In all likelyhood, they served in Senior or Junior Reserve Regiments, State Militia or in CSA units outside of North Carolina.
As soon as more information becomes available, it will be added to this page.

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REFERENCES:
- North Carolina Troops - 1861-1865-A Roster, N.C. Dept. of Achives & History, North Carolina Troops - 1861-1865-A Roster (1983- )
- The Catawba Soldier of the Civil War, Prof. George W. Hawn, Clay Printing, Hickory, NC, 1911, repr. 1978.
- Lifting High the Cross for 200 Years: St. John's Lutheran Church, Mark Smith, edited by Robert C. Carpenter, Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD, 1998
- NC Confederate Militia, Officers Roster As Contained in the Adjutant General's Officer's Roster
, Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1992

CREDITS:
Cemetery and church photos by Derick S. Hartshorn.
Others: The Catawba County Soldier in the Civil War.


Derick S. Hartshorn - 2006
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