Remembering the Battle of Chancellorsville, 150 years ago today

By Rick Walton  Copyright (C) 2013

Today I am Honoring the men of the 6th North Carolina State troops who were casualties of the battles around Fredericksburg, as part of the Chancellorsville Campaign, 150 years ago on May 4, 1863.

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Sergeant Bartlett Yancey Malone, Co. H, 6th NCST

One of the members, Sergeant Bartlett Yancey Malone of Company H,  left his impressions of that day in his diary:

“…we was marching about first from one plais to nother a watching the Yankees untell about a hour by sun and the fight was opend our bregaid went in and charged about half of a mile and just befour we got to the Yankee Battery I was slightly wounded above the eye with a peas of a bumb[.] non was kild in our company. Lieutenant Walker was slitley wounded in the side. I. R. Allred was wounded in the arm hat to have it cut off. I. E. Calmond was slitly wounded in the arm. I. L. Evans had his finger shot off—“

This action took place in front of their position on the extreme right of the Confederate line between Deep Run and Hamilton’s Crossing. Yankee General Sedgewick’s troops had crossed as a feint to hold these troops in place while General Hooker made a flank attack on the left of the Confederate line above Frederickburg near a place called Chancellorsville.

Malone continues:

“the fift day we found the Yankess had all gon back on the other side of the river and we marched back down to the old camp ground and taken up camp again.”

Neither attack succeeded, but the cost to the Sixth North Carolina was high. Did they fight at Chancellorsville? Not exactly, but Hoke’s Brigade in Early’s division made a stand at Fredericksburg and played an important role in the Chancellorsville campaign.

We honor their memory today.


(transcribed and authenticated by Rick Walton, from the “Hillsborough Recorder”, May 20, 1863)

List of Killed and Wounded in the Sixth North Carolina Troops
Below we present the casualties in the 6th N. C, Troops, in the Battle of Chancellorsville;

Company A.- Killed.- J. [John]M. Hemphill
Martin Smith[may be buried in Fredericksburg]
Wounded.- J.[Isaac]  W. Burgess,
John Davis,
Peter Eply,
John Eply *,
Sergeant  J. [James] R. [Robert] Dickson.
Company B.- Killed.- Philo D. Wilson
Wounded.- Lieut.  J. [John] S. Lockhart, severely in head;
Corp’l Joseph C. Allison, slightly;
Clem. [Clement] W. Crabtree, slightly in breast;
John [W.] James [Captured-#];
James Bagfield*;
Allen Tilley, slightly in foot;
Elisha [H.] Tilley, very slightly in foot.
Missing- Corp’l Willie Meadows  [Captued-#],
Leander Wilson [Captued-#].
Company C.- Killed- John M. [Henry] Markham
Wounded- Captain [William G. ]Guess,
Thomas Dollar [listed as killed in roster],
Missing- James Ferrell [Captured-#],
Levi Markham [listed as wounded in roster]
Rufus Massey [Captured-#]
Company D.- Killed- Alfred Brittain.
Wounded- Jesse Holder,
J. [John] Q.  Brittain,
W. [William] Bailey,
J. B. Davis,
Thomas Powell,
Missing- J. [Julius]Hildebrand [Captured-#].
Company E.- Killed- Thomas Whisenhunt.
Wounded James [W.] Lewis,
Calhoun Johnson ,
Tilman Vance.
Taken Prisoner- Robert Howell [Captured-#]
Company F.- Killed- Thomas [E.] Gibson
Wounded.- [1st] Sergeant A. [Armstrong] Tate,
Privates  J. [James] N. Bradshaw [died in Richmond of wounds on May 23],
J. [John] A. Gibson,
William [J.] Kerr,
F. [Foster] A. Hatch,
Wm.[William A.] Sykes,
Missing.- Wm. Pender [Captured-#]
Company G.- Killed.- [None]
Wounded.- J.[Jacob]  M. Richie**
E.[Ebenezer]  H.  Miller [Captured- #]
Missing.- Wm. Wedlock [Captured- #]
Company H.- Killed.- [None]
Wounded.- Lieut. Levi [Hardy] Walker,
Sergeant B.[Bartlet] Y. [Yancey] Malone,
J. [John] B. Aldred [arm amputated],
T. [Thomas]  R. Cape [Captured-#],
J. [James] E. Coleman,
J.[Thomas]  L. Evans,
Missing.- J. [John] W. Lloyd[Loyd] [Captured-#].
Company I.- Killed.- [None]
Wounded.- Lieut. T. Thomas] M. Jenkins,
Privates J.[James] M. Smith**,
C. Eubanks**,
Wesley Page**,
L. [Lafayette] Pickard,
Missing.- George Varner.
Company K.- Killed.- [None]
Wounded.- Captain [Joseph S.] Vincent (slightly),
[1st]Sergeant [Martin Van Buren]Simpson,
D. [David] Tallant,
F. [Frederick]  Wyatt,
James Pickett ***,
John W. [Washington] Christopher.
Killed. 8
 Wounded. 46
Missing. 16
                                   —
Total 70
(Signed.) C. Mebane. Adjt

Notes:

* Not listed in Manarin Roster
** Wounded May 3, 1863
*** James Pickett died in 1862 of Tyfoide fever according to the Roster
#- Captured at Fredericksburg, Va. on May 3, 1863 and confined at Fort Delaware until paroled and exchanged at city Pt., Vs. on May 23, 1863.

Sources:

1- Hillsborough Recorder(newspaper), May 20, 1863 (HiHR) (available on Microfilm at the N. C. State Archives, Raleigh, N. C.

2- Manerin, Louis H., “The Sixth North Carolina Regiment Roster”, published as anappendix to “the Bloody Sixth” by Richard W. Iobst, 1965, North Carolina Confederate centenial commision, North Carolina division of Archives and History.

3- Malone, Bartlertt Yancey, “Whipt ’em Everytime, the diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone, co. H, 6th N. C. Regiment”, 1960,1991, Broadfoot Publishing, Wilmington, N.C.

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Oakwood Confederate Cemetery Cleanup

Saturday April 20, 2013 was a beautiful spring day, although still a little chilly. It was bright and sunny…one of those days when you can’t wait to get outside. It was a beautiful day to work in the yard among the blooming trees of spring. It was a day we choose to meet at the Oakwood Confederate Cemetery.

Members of the Colonel Leonidas L. Polk SCV camp 1486 from Garner, NC converged on Oakwood Confederate Cemetery at 9 AM armed with buckets, brushes, hoses and bleach.

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There are many ways to honor our Confederate ancestors…or Union if thats all you have. In my case, I have neither, but have adopted the 6th North Carolina State Troops as my substitute, since my ancestors were still in Europe at the time of the American war between the states.

We honor their memory with ceremonies and speeches, reenactments and blogs, but sometimes it requires more. Sometimes you need to get down on your knees….and scrub. Thats what we did on Saturday. We scrubbed away a years worth of dirt, pollen and algae that had stained the shining white headstones. We want them to sparkle on Confederate Memorial Day.

The work was pleasant, surrounded by a dozen friends with the same mindset. The warming rays of the sun chasing away the chill and playing hide n seek as the fluffy white clouds gently floated by overhead. Everywhere you looked were the pinks and purples and whites of springtime blossums to cheer you on. The hum of diesel engines from the machines working on a nearby street faded into the background as the wind rustled the newly sprouted leaves. The leaves had that bright green, early spring color that dappled the sunlight, giving everything underneath a fresh look. Birds chirped and nearby the men spoke in quiet undertones, having a reverence for this sacred place. It was a very peaceful and refreshing way to spend a lovely spring morning. Looking back at the orderly ranks of headstones shining brightly in the noon-time sun when we finished filled you with the pride of a job well done. We had paid our tribute today with a little bit of elbow grease, bleach and good fellowship. We are ready for Memorial Day.

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See all the pictures at:

https://plus.google.com/photos/103574305601096333972/albums/5869344706265272369