North Carolina

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North Carolina did not vote to join the Confederacy until Abraham Lincoln called on it to invade its sister-state, South Carolina, to become the last or second to last state to join the Confederacy. North Carolina was the site of few battles but it provided at least 125,000 troops to the Confederacy, far more than any other state. 40,000 troops did not return home dying of disease, battlefield wounds and starvation. Confederate troops from all parts of North Carolina served in virtually all the major battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy’s most famous army.

William Asbury Batson

By Charles Baker

The story as written by William Asbury Batson one and a half years before his death in 1910 in Coleman Texas.

I was born in Greenville County, South Carolina on November 21, 1841. My father J.D. Batson moved to Gilmer County, Georgia in the fall of 1846 and I was raised in that county on a stock farm.

In 1861 I enlisted in the Confederate Army in a Cavalry company that failed to organize. I then went with an uncle, my mother’s brother, W.P. Bishop, to Ashville, NC. And kept books for him until the spring of 1862 when I went to Hendersonville, Henderson County, NC. And married Margaret Heatherly on the 10th of April, 1862. Also on that day I enlisted in Company “B”, 64th N.C. Regiment, N.C. Volunteers and immediately went to camp in Greenville, Tennessee, where we organized a regiment and then was ordered to Knoxville, Tennessee.

My Colonel was named L.M. Allin, my Captain’s name was Will Janes and my First Lieutenant was B.G. Morris and I was elected Lieutenant as Cumberland Gap in 18634 and on the 9th day of October 1863 we was captured at Cumberland Gap by General Burnsides having been surrendered by Brigadier General Frazere, then we was by the Yankees carried to Johnson’s Island, Ohio and was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland for exchange and remained there about four months and I was by the U.S. Government sent to Fort Delaware where I kept in prison until June 12, 1865 and I was released after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

I then returned to Georgia where my father lived and my dear wife and lived in Georgia until 1868 when I moved to Conway County Arkansas and have ever been a true Democrat and when I am placed in the coffin for burial I want my friends to place in my coffin a $100 Confederate bill that I have kept for that purpose.

When Morrilton was incorporated William became the first city Marshal, also he served as Justice of the peace in 1904.

This information was found in Civil War Veterans of Conway County Arkansas put together by the Conway County Genealogical Society. The book also contains one letter written by Margaret while he was a prisoner of war, that he never received. William Asbury Batson was my great grandfather.

Capt. Thomas Vest Apperson

AppersonBy George Reece

Thomas Vest Apperson, was born April 16, 1838 near East Bend, N. C. as the 9th Child of Thomas and Luvitha Vest Apperson. Luvitha Vest Apperson later married Thomas Sprinkle. Reportedly Thomas so upset with his mother’s marriage that he moved to Arkansas. He later lived in Missouri and moved to southwestern Colorado in 1873 where he was considered a pioneer there.

In Arkansas, Thomas married a lady named Angeletta (sometimes spelled Anguletta surname unknown) on 5 May 1870. Together they had seven sons. The first four were:
Samuel P. Apperson, born 31 March 1871
Tobias Vest Apperson, born 5 November 1874
Columbus A. Apperson, born 28 August 1877
Charlie Alvis Apperson, born 2 December 1878
D. Clarence Apperson, born 1883
Thomas O. Apperson, born 1885
Elton M. Apperson, born 1887

Thomas served in Co. F, 28th North Carolina Infantry. On 18 June 1861 Thomas was appointed 1st Lieutenant and elected Captain on 12 April 1862. He was wounded in the left leg and captured at Hanover Court House, VA on 27 May 1862. He was hospitalized at Portsmouth Grove, RI 7 July 1863 and then transferred to Ft. Monroe, VA 17 September 1862. Thomas was paroled and transferred to Aiken’s Landing, James River, VA, about 23 September 1862 for exchange. He returned to duty before January 1863 and was resigned 16 January 1865 for reasons of ill health.

Thomas died in 1919 in Colorado and is buried at the Hood Cemetery, Falfa, Colorado.

Pvt. Robert Choplin

By George Reece

robertRobert Choplin enlisted in Co. F, 28th Reg. NC, at age 18 on 18 Jun 1861. He was born 15 Feb 1838.

Robert was wounded at Gaines’ Mill, VA, on 27 Jun 1862, and died in Richmond, VA, about 3 Aug 1862 of wounds and or disease. (Curtis D. Choplin, “An American Tragedy,” NCT VIII, p. 176).

Pvt. Sidney Choplin

By George Reece

sidneySidney Choplin was born in Franklin Co. 2 Oct 1836, but lived in Yadkin Co., NC. He enlisted at age 24 on 18 Jun 1861. He was killed at Gettysburg, PA, 1-3 July 1863. (Curtis D. Choplin, “An American Tragedy,” NCT VIII, p. 176).

He was one of six brothers, the son of Robert and Ann Winston Choplin. Sidney had been a schoolmaster before enlisting.

Pvt. James D. Leamon

By George Reece

James D. Leamon (Leemon), a Yadkin Co. resident was born in 1828. He enlisted at age 35 on 21 Oct 1862. He was killed at Gettysburg, PA, on 1 Jul 1863. James is buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.

His body was returned to NC in the 1920s and reburied. He married first on 21 Oct 1852 Winney Norman; he then married Sarah Choplin on 4 Apr 1861. (Curtis D. Choplin, “An American Tragedy: The Robert Choplin Family”).