they took part in NCís History
Oxford Public Ledger
Dated-January 27, 1926
Proud Position In The Four Year's Struggle
Part She Took In The War Between the States
1,500 Troops Went From The County--A Noble Army Of Men
Did their Whole Duty--
List Of Officers Of The Companies.
From Public Ledger Of January 3, 1890)
Would that we had the
truthful data of their heroic deeds today, and a pen pointed enough to
write it so plainly and unmistakably that the historian might place it
where it deserves to be, among the brightest pages of North Carolina
history. Cold; unresponsive and uneducated must be the heart of the son
of daughter of Old Granville that does the roll of the honored heroes of
the old county.
We desire now simply to pass in
review some of them as they recur to us this morning. If any escape us,
or errors occur, we beg pardon in advance, for it will not be
intentional, and written not from data, but from memory of what passed a
quarter of a century ago.
Well, we believe the ranking
officer was elected Major of the 13th N. C., and at the
re-organization was made Colonel of the same Regiment which then
numbered the 23rd.
He was every inch a soldier. He
loved discipline, though kind hearted and humane, and was one of the
finest drill officers in the Army of Northern Virginia. He served
faithfully and gallantly until mortally wounded near Winchester, Va., at
which place he died.
H. Eaton Coleman
went out as Captain of the Townesville Guards and was made Colonel of
the 12th Regiment at the re-organization of the army.
Probably his commission bore the same data as that of Col. Christie.,
Col. Coleman was perhaps one of the strictest disciplinarians in the
arm. He was, we believe, a graduate of the Virginia Military institute.
He had been on furlough, or at the hospital when the Federals made an
attack on the bridge near Lynchburg. He went out nevertheless and took
charge of a handful of troops defended the bridge in a desperate fight
and received a wound which lamed him for life. He later went to
Washington City where he was connected with the maps and surveys in one
of the departments of the Government.
went into service as Captain of the Henderson Company, in the 13th
regiment, and was made Major at the re-organization and afterwards rose
to the rank of Colonel. He was handsome, dashing, gallant, and extremely
popular with men and officers. He run the gauntlet, we believe, without
being seriously hurt until receiving his mortal wound near Winchester,
Va. The town captured and he died inside the lines of the Federals.
went out as Captain of a Company from Oak Hill, and was assigned to the
55th regiment. He fell mortally wounded high up on the heights of
Gettysburg gallantly leading his men in the thickest of that carnage. He
was a blue blooded Presbyterian, as gentle as a woman, but battle had no
dangers great enough to deter him when duty bade him go.
was the first Captain of the Granville Grays: At the re-organization of
the army he was made Colonel of the 50th regiment and
assigned to duty in Eastern Carolina. He figured in the retreat of
Johnsonís Army from Charleston to the surrender at Greensboro. Col.
Wortham was a genial, kind-hearted officer and greatly loved by his men.
He lived upon his farm for several years after the war, but finally
moved to Oxford and commenced the practices of law, and worked himself
into a very considerable practice before his death a few years later.
Robert Thomas went
out as Lieutenant in Smithís company and rose to be Lieutenant-
Colonel of the 55th Regiment. He received some severe wounds
and made a fine soldier with out the advantages of a military education;
he must have rendered
distinguished service to have risen to the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel.
He retired to this farm after the war and proved to be one of the
countyís best citizenís.
T. B. Venable
at the beginning of the war was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel and
Assistant. Adjutant General of North
Carolina Troops. He was next made Lieutenant ĖColonel of the 24th,
N. C. and did fine service under Floyd in his West Virginia Campaign.
After thus he was given a commission of Major in the regular troops of
the Confederacy and assigned to duty on General Whitingís staff where
he performed faithful service until the close of the war. Since that
time he has been of the most-far-famed Oxford Bar.
T. L. Hargrove
started as Captain of a Granville company in the 44th
Regiment, and at the organization of the Regiment he was made
Lieutenant-Colonel. He distinguished himself in one of the fights in the
Eastern part of North Carolina early in the war. He was detailed with
his Granville company of 62 men to hold the South Anna Bridge against
Spierís raid with 1500 men. He kept them at bay for four long hours,
repelling charge after charge until they succeeded in crossing the river
below and getting in his rear, then came the hand to hand encounter with
pistol, bayonet, and clubbed muskets. Only fifteen men of these
sixty-two escaped, and they were only spared by the magnanimity of some
Pennsylvania troops in coming up rain in between the Irishmen who had
been filed with whiskey to do this bloody work, and this overpowered
handful of Confederates. We have not the time nor the space to write of
the deed as it should be. It will one day when the truth of history is
written be placed on the brightest page of North Carolina history.
Hargrove was the leader and his gallant Confederates were the heroes and
south Anna was the Thermopylae of the Confederate struggles. After this
Hargrove was taken to several worst Northern prisons, then carried on a
board of a Yankee vessel and exposed to the fire of the Confederate
Batteries on the coast of Florida. But he withstood all these trials and
hardships, and came home. He was elected Attorney-General of North
Carolina, and has since occupied a front position in the Oxford Bar.
N. A. Gregory
started as a private in the Grays and was made 1st Lieutenant
of Captain Amis Company in the 23rd Regiment. He was wounded
at the Battle of Chancellorsville and was discharged from the army on
account of wounds, but shortly afterwards volunteered his services to
Gen Holmes (who had charge of North Carolina) and was made Captain of a
company in the 1st Regiment Junior Reserves, afterwards
promoted to Major in the 2nd Regiment and surrendered at
This we believe winds up the
list of those who rose to the rank of field officers from the county,
excepting the surgeons, Granville won distinguished honors in this
department of the war.
Surgeons of Regiments and of
Brigades were entitled to rank of Major, Dr. P. W. Young
was the first Surgeon of the Granville grays. He was made Surgeon of the
12th regiment, and afterwards promoted to be Surgeon of
Scaleís Brigade. At the close of the war he soon became the leading
physician of Oxford. He died a few years ago beloved and lamented by a
larger practice than any physician ever enjoyed in Granville.
Dr. F. R. Gregory
went out with the Granville Grays and was hospital steward of the 12th
Regiment. He was promoted to be Assistant Surgeon of Penderís Brigade
and was afterwardís transferred
to the 23rd regiment in Iversionís Brigade. He resigned
this position and was made Captain of the Granville company of the
Junior Reserves and was captured un one of the fights in Eastern
Carolina and held till the close of the war. He settled at Sassafras
Fork and is now the leading physician of Northern Granville.
Joseph B. Stovall
graduated in medicine about the beginning of the war. He got a position
as Assistant Surgeon in one of the Hospitals in Richmond. For his skill,
efficiency and faithfulness to duty was soon promoted to rank of Surgeon
and put in charge of one of the hospitals. His health failing he came
home for rest and recreation, but never returned to his post again. The
Messenger was sent and his gallant young spirit was soon winged for duty
on High. He was one of the most promising young men of the county.
Dr. William R. Wilson
was First Assistant surgeon of the 24th Regiment. He was made
full Surgeon and then rose to the rank of Brigade Surgeon. We had cause
to be proud of the record he made in the army. At the close of the war
he settled at Townsville where he did an extensive country practice.
Some years ago he moved to Texas where we understand is doing well.
Dr. Robert I. Hicks,
at its organization was made surgeon of the 23rd regiment. He
served this command long and faithfully until promoted to surgeon of
Brigade under Iversion. In this command he had four of the companies
from Granville. Many and warm were the friends he made amongst the
Granville boysógratefully do those living remember him now. Had his
modesty permitted it he would have been made surgeon of D. H. Hillís
division but he was not pushing or self-seeking and the honor was
bestowed upon another. After the close of the war he settled near
Williamsboro and did an extensive country practice. He married Miss
Randoplh, of Virginia, and some years ago moved to Faquier county, Va.,
where he has been quite successful in his profession.
Dr. Thomas Wilkerson,
the writer does not know and has been unable to gather a sketch of the
services of Wilkerson. We believe the most of his time was at the
hospitals where he performed distinguished service, and where he made an
enviable reputation as a skilled and scientific operator. He held the
rank of full Surgeon. At the close of the war he settled near his old
home and has been doing a country practice, with now and then a
brilliant surgical operation.
We endeavor now to give the
names of the officers who started out with the companies as they were
organized and left the county in 1861. First was the Granville Grays,
who led the attack and captured Fort Macon.
There was one company of Junior
Robert Crews 1st
A. L. Thorp
Captain A. J. Rogers
had a company in the 8th Regiment made of Granville and
Warren men. A. H. Gregory and J. C. Cooper, Jr. held
offices in this company. Gregory rose to the rank of Captain and Cooper
was on Clingmanís staff with rank of Captain. Capt. Joe Davis
commanded a good many Granville men, as did Capt. Webb, of the
Flat River Company. Capt. Elijah Lyon went out of Hornerís
Company and was promoted to be Captain in the 23rd Regiment
from the Western part of the state. Capt. H. G. Turner (now a
leading member of Congress from the State of Georgia) was with Blacknallís
Company and was promoted to be Captain of a Company in the 23rd
Regiment from the Western part of the State.
Isaac J. Young was one of the officers from the county who was honored with a separate command when attacked by the enemy. He had been Adjutant of the 23rd Regiment, but was a Captain of a company at the time. he was stationed at Leesburg. Suddenly the Federal 's made their appearance, but Young was equal to the occasion and was reported to have handled his command in a most skillful manner. He was made a gallant soldier and was complimented by Gen. Lee on this occasion.
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