Catawba County, NC Soldiers Buried at
Pisgah Methodist
Church Cemetery,
Bandys, NC


Pisgah Church was founded in 1841 and was served for many years by the Circuit Riders. She became a part of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South about 1865, after the Civil War. At the Uniting Conference May 10, 1939 she became a part of The Methodist Church and in April, 1968 General Conference, a part of The United Methodist Church.

In 1919 Pisgah was taken from the Maiden Circuit and became included in the Claremont Circuit along with Center, Mountain View, Bethlehem, Friendship and St Paul's. In 1920, Bethlehem was rejoined to the Catawba Charge and the five remaining churches made up a new Circuit to be called Balls Creek. St. Paul's was removed later and the four remaining churches remained the Balls Creek Charge until it division in June, 1969 and Center-Pisgah became a new Charge. There is no record of the ministers who served before 1919.

The following preachers have served the Balls Creek Charge since its formation: A. G. Loftin to 1920, Jim Green to 1923, John H.Green to 1925, T. W. Hager, 1926, J. M. Green, P. H. Brittain to 1929, J. A.Frye to 1931, Max Brandon to 1935, J. O.Howell to 1936, W.A.Wellman to 1937, H. H.Robbins to 1939, B. A. Sisk to 1941, R. L. Forbis to 1944, J. O.Banks to 1949, Van B. Harrison to 1954, G. W. Carver to 1957, William E. Rufty to 196l, W. L. Harkey to 1963, Byron Shankle to 1967, Frank Pennigar to 1969.

The present building was errected in the summer and fall of 1963. The first service was held in the new building on November 10,1963. The indebtedness was paid and the building was dedicated April 9,1967.


JACOB W. BANDY, 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 21, March 13, 1862. Present or accounted for through April, 1864; however, he was reported absent sick during much of that period. Wounded in the arm at Wilderness, Virginia, May 5, 1864. Returned to duty in July-August, 1864. Present or accounted for through December, 1864. Deserted to the enemy on or about March 6, 1865. Confined at Washington, D.C.. March 10, 1865. Released on an unspecified date after taking the Oath of Allegiance. [NCT-11:229]

 

JAMES MONROE DRUM, Private, Company E, 72nd Regiment, N.C. Junior Reserve Troops

 

THOMAS F. DRUM, Private, Company I, 49th Regiment, NC Troops - Resided in Catawba County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting at age 30, May 3, 1862, for the war. Wounded in the leg and/or knee at Malvern .Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862. Reported absent wounded through October, 1863. Returned to duty in November-December, 1863. Retired to the Invalid Corps on July 20, 1864; however, his retirement was apparently revoked and he returned to duty prior to September 1, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-12:119]

 

WILLIAM AUSTIN DRUM, Private, Company E, 72nd Regiment, N.C. Junior Reserve Troops

 

ROBERT G. LEE, Private - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 23, March 19, 1862. Hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, September 1, 1862, with neuralgia of the eyes. Furloughed for thirty days on October 22, 1862. Reported present in January-December, 1863, and May-August, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. [NCT-12:123 ]

 

MARTIN A. SIGMON, Private - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted at age 28, May 3, 1862, for the war. Reported present or accounted for from November, 1862, through December, 1863, and in March-June, 1864. Transferred to the Mining Corps in July-August, 1864. [NCT-12:125]

 

DAVID OSBORNE WILKINSON, Private - Born in Catawba County* where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 36, March 31, 1863, for the war. Present or accounted for until wounded in the stomach and captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-5, 1863. Hospitalized at Davids Island, New York Harbor, on or about July 17, 1863. Paroled at Davids Island and transferred to City Point, Virginia, where he was received on September 8, 1863, for exchange. Reported absent on parole through December, 1863. Discharged on April 21, 1864, by reason of "chronic disease of the heart and lungs." [NCT-9:54]

 

GEORGE W. WILKINSON, 2nd Lieutenant, 89th Regiment, North Carolina Militia. Served under Col. H. A. Forney. [B-245]

 

JACOB M. WILKINSON, Private, Company A, 12th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 19, July 17, 1861. Present or accounted for until wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862. Returned to duty in May-June, 1863, but was furloughed in July-August, 1863, by reason of disability. Reported absent on light duty at Gordonsville, Virginia, from November-December, 1863, through April, 1864. Returned to duty prior to September 19, 1864, when he was captured at Winchester, Virginia. Confined at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, until transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland, where he arrived September 26, 1864. Paroled at Point Lookout and transferred to Boulware's Wharf, James River, Virginia, where he was received March 18, 1865, for exchange.[NCT-5:129]

 

JOHN F. WILKINSON, Private, Company A, 12th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 18, August 14, 1863, for the war. Present or accounted for until paroled at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865.[NCT-9:59]

On September 28th, 2008, a ceremony was held at the Pisgah United Methodist
to honor four Confederate soldiers. Please visit the
memorial dedication page

FRANKLIN DRUM, Private, Company F, 38th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 18, October 31, 1861. Died at Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, January 17, 1862, of "consumption." - [His death in January, '62 at Raleigh was the first death in the Company.] [b: 1843 d: 17 Jan 1862] [NCT-10:60 ]

 

GEORGE W. DRUM, Private, Company K, 46th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Born in Catawba County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Catawba County at age 19, March 13, 1862. Present or accounted for until hospitalized at Richmond, Virginia, July 11, 1863, with synovitis of knee. Reported absent in hospital or absent on furlough until January 11, 1864, when he was detailed for guard duty at Salisbury. Rejoined the company in March-April, 1864. Present or accounted for until wounded in the right thigh and/or left thigh (fracture) at Reams' Station, Virginia, August 25, 1864. Died in hospital at Richmond on September 22, 1864, of wounds." [b: 1843 d: 22 Sep 1864] [NCT-11:231]

 

JOHN W. DRUM, Private, Company I, 49th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Resided in Catawba County and enlisted in Lenoir County at age 18, April 8, 1863, for the war. Killed in a skirmish near Boone's Mill on July 28, 1863." [b: 1845 d: 28 July 1863]
[NCT-12:119 ]

 

JOSEPH M. DRUM, Private, Company C, 28th Regiment, N.C. Troops - Resided in Catawba County where he enlisted on March 15, 1862. Wounded at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862. Returned to duty prior to August 29, 1862, when he was killed at the Battle of Second Manassas, Virginia. - "A most gallant soldier." [b: 1840 d: 29 Aug 1862] [NCT-8:143]

REFERENCES:
NCT = North Carolina Troops - 1861-1865-A Roster, N.C. Dept. of Achives & History, Raleigh, NC (1983-2001)
B = NC Confederate Militia, Officers Roster As Contained in the Adjutant General's Officer's Roster, Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1992

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