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Veteran: Blake, Wright

This information is contributed by Edith Cox 

Wright Blake served in 4th Calvary; married Margaret Ramsey 

Wright Blake (First_Last)
Regiment Name 4 North Carolina Cavalry. (59 State Troops.)
Side Confederate
Company C
Soldier’s Rank_In Private
Soldier’s Rank_Out Private
Film Number M230 roll 3 

59th Regiment, North Carolina State Troops

59th Regiment Volunteeers — 4th Cavalry was formed during August, 1862, Garysburg, North Carolina. Its companies were from the counties of Anson, New Hanover, Caswell, Hertford, Cabarrus, Bertie, Currituck, Wilson, Cleveland, and Northampton. Two of these companies had been transferred from the 12th Battalion North Carolina Cavalry. The unit served under the command of General Robertson, L.S. Baker, James B. Gordon, J. Dearing, Roberts, and Barringer. It skirmished in the Goldsboro-Kinston area of North Carolina, then moved north and joined the Army of Northern Virginia. The 4th Cavalry took an active part in the conflicts at Culpeper Court House, Brandy Station, Upperville, Aldie, Fairfield, Hagerstown , Jack’s Shops, Wilson’s Farm, White Oak Road, and Five Forks. It had about 500 effectives at Gettysburg and surrendered 40 on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Dennis D. Ferebee and Virginius D. Groner, Lieutenant Colonels Rufus Barringer and Edward Cantwell, and Major James M. Mayo.

12th Battalion Partisan Rangers was organized in May, 1863, with three companies. Two were from Northampton and one from Bertie and Hertford counties. The unit skirmished in North Carolina, then moved to Virginia and on July 11, 1864, Companies A and B merged into the 59th North Carolina Regiment-4th Cavalry, and Company C transferred to the 16th North Carolina Cavalry Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Samuel J. Wheeler was in command.

Veteran: Blake, Stephen B.

This information is contributed by Edith Cox 

Stephen Blake was in Co. K, 3rd NC and died of war wounds in a Richmond, Va hospital; buried in Richmond though we have not been able to find the grave so it must have been unmarked. 

Stephen G. Blake (First_Last)
Regiment Name 3 North Carolina Infantry.
Side Confederate
Company K
Soldier’s Rank_In Private
Soldier’s Rank_Out Private
Film Number M230 roll 3 

3rd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry

3rd Infantry Regiment State Troops completed its organization at Garysburg, North Carolina, in May, 1861. The men were from Wilmington and the counties of Green, Duplin, Cumberland, Onslow, Bladen, New Hanover, and Beaufort. During July part of the regiment moved to Richmond, Virginia, then was joined by the remaining companies some weeks later. After serving in the Department of Northern Virginia and the Department of North Carolina, it was attached to General Ripley’s, Colston’s, Steuart’s, and Cox’s Brigade. The 3rd fought on many battlefields of the army from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor, marched with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, and saw action around Appomattox. It reported 46 casualties at Beaver Dam Creek , 80 at Malvern Hill, 253 at Sharpsburg, 3 at Fredericksburg, and 179 at Chancellorsville. The unit lost 4 killed and 10 wounded at Second Winchester, forty percent of the 548 engaged at Gettysburg , and 7 killed and 65 wounded during the Mine Run Campaign. It surrendered with 4 officers and 53 men in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels William L. DeRosset, Gaston Meares, and Stephen D. Thruston; Lieutenant Colonels Robert H. Cowan, William M. Parsley, and Edward Savage; and Major William T. Ennett.

Veteran: Blake, John B.

This information is contributed by Edith Cox 

My g-grandfather was John B. Blake, from now Pender Co. He was private in Co. K, NC 3rd. He was wounded at Sharpsburg and Gettysburg and taken captive at Spotsylvania. 

John Bryant Blake was born 1 May 1838 New Hanover Co and died in May 12 of 1921 Pender Co.

John B Blake’s first wife was Sarah Catherine (Katie) Dunton. His second wife was her sister, Amanda Dunton.

Their children were Mary Catherine, Annie Laura, Idella “Della”, Etta and a son, Aydon who died as a very young man and no family of his own, John Wesley Blake and Walter M. Blake (who died at age of 18)

His brothers also served:

Stephen Blake was in Co. K, 3rd NC and died of war wounds in a Richmond, Va hospital; buried in Richmond though we have not been able to find the grave so it must have been unmarked.

Wright Blake served in 4th Calvary; married Margaret Ramsey

Henry Blake (jr) also served in 4th Calvary; married Hattie Easmon

John’s sisters were Nancy, Marilla and Martha.

All these folks were from the Shelter Neck area of eastern Pender County.

John B. Blake (First_Last)
Regiment Name 3 North Carolina Infantry.
Side Confederate
Company K
Soldier’s Rank_In Private
Soldier’s Rank_Out Private

Film Number M230 roll 3

3rd Infantry Regiment State Troops completed its organization at Garysburg, North Carolina, in May, 1861. The men were from Wilmington and the counties of Green, Duplin, Cumberland, Onslow, Bladen, New Hanover, and Beaufort. During July part of the regiment moved to Richmond, Virginia, then was joined by the remaining companies some weeks later. After serving in the Department of Northern Virginia and the Department of North Carolina, it was attached to General Ripley’s, Colston’s, Steuart’s, and Cox’s Brigade. The 3rd fought on many battlefields of the army from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor, marched with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, and saw action around Appomattox. It reported 46 casualties at Beaver Dam Creek , 80 at Malvern Hill, 253 at Sharpsburg, 3 at Fredericksburg, and 179 at Chancellorsville. The unit lost 4 killed and 10 wounded at Second Winchester, forty percent of the 548 engaged at Gettysburg , and 7 killed and 65 wounded during the Mine Run Campaign. It surrendered with 4 officers and 53 men in April, 1865. The field officers were Colonels William L. DeRosset, Gaston Meares, and Stephen D. Thruston; Lieutenant Colonels Robert H. Cowan, William M. Parsley, and Edward Savage; and Major William T. Ennett.

John B. Blake

3rd Infantry Company K reunion John B. Blake is on back row, 7th from right.
This photo was taken in the early 1900’s.

Veteran: Blake Jr., Henry

This information is contributed by Edith Cox

Henry Blake Jr served in 4th Calvary; married Hattie Easmon

Henry Blake (First_Last)

Regiment Name 4 North Carolina Cavalry. (59 State Troops.)

Side Confederate

Company C

Soldier’s Rank_In Private

Soldier’s Rank_Out Private

Film Number M230 roll 3

59th Regiment, North Carolina State Troops

59th Regiment Volunteers — 4th Cavalry was formed during August, 1862, Garysburg, North Carolina. Its companies were from the counties of Anson, New Hanover, Caswell, Hertford, Cabarrus, Bertie, Currituck, Wilson, Cleveland, and Northampton. Two of these companies had been transferred from the 12th Battalion North Carolina Cavalry. The unit served under the command of General Robertson, L.S. Baker, James B. Gordon, J. Dearing, Roberts, and Barringer. It skirmished in the Goldsboro-Kinston area of North Carolina, then moved north and joined the Army of Northern Virginia. The 4th Cavalry took an active part in the conflicts at Culpeper Court House, Brandy Station, Upperville, Aldie, Fairfield, Hagerstown , Jack’s Shops, Wilson’s Farm, White Oak Road, and Five Forks. It had about 500 effectives at Gettysburg and surrendered 40 on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Dennis D. Ferebee and Virginius D. Groner, Lieutenant Colonels Rufus Barringer and Edward Cantwell, and Major James M. Mayo.

12th Battalion Partisan Rangers was organized in May, 1863, with three companies. Two were from Northampton and one from Bertie and Hertford counties. The unit skirmished in North Carolina, then moved to Virginia and on July 11, 1864, Companies A and B merged into the 59th North Carolina Regiment-4th Cavalry, and Company C transferred to the 16th North Carolina Cavalry Battalion. Lieutenant Colonel Samuel J. Wheeler was in command.

 

Veteran: Barnhill, Willie James

This information is contributed by Bill Barnhill.

Willie James Barnhill
Son of: Willie Don and Ella Lee Wallace Barnhill
Residence: Atkinson, Pender Co., NC

Military Service:
Accepted for enlistment at Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC
Enlisted in service in Raleigh, NC for a period of four years 9/9/1941
US Navy Service # 656 06 59
Entered the service at Norfolk Naval Center, Norfolk, Virginia 9/9/1941
Served on Battleship, USS North Carolina – The “Showboat”
Discharged honorably 10/19/1942 to enlist in regular Navy for 6 years
Promoted to Seaman 1st Class 10/01/1942
Promoted to COX, 3/1/1944
Promoted to BM2C(T), 9/1/1945
Discharged 10/19/1948 Washington, DC (Net Service 7 yrs, 1 mo., 11 days)
Reenlisted 10/20/1948 for four years
Enlistment involuntarily extended for a period of (9) mos. to expire on Jul 19, 1953
Honorably discharged Jul 19, 1953 with 11 years, 10 months, 11 days of service
(Home address at time of discharge: 1541 York Ave, New York, NY)

Medals/Ribbons Awarded
Good Conduct Medal (Navy w/1 Bronze Star) 9/8/1944
World War II Victory Medal 11/7/1947
American Defense Service Medal 8/18/1948
American Campaign Medal 8/18/1948
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/Silver Stars 8/18/1948
Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck) 9/8/1947
Philippine Ribbon (Liberation w/1 Bronze Star)
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippine)

He was in Tokyo Bay aboard the “USS North Carolina” for the surrender of the Japanese.

Veteran: Barnhill, SL

Information contributed by Bill Barnhill

S. L. Barnhill

Son of Willie Don Barnhill and Ella Lee Wallace Barnhill
Husband of Ophelia Almond

Born Dec. 28, 1919
Caswell Township, Pender County North Carolina
Died Aug. 12, 1974
Buried in Riley’s Creek Community Cemetery

Entered the US Army, January 28, 1942
Stationed on the West Coast
Sent overseas for 2 years, 13 days
Served in New Guinea, Southern Phillipines
Honorable discharge, December 1, 1945