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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2 thoughts on “Remembering the Battle of Chancellorsville, 150 years ago today

  1. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

  2. Pingback: Chancellorsville, The 6th N. C. S. T. at the forgotten battle of 2nd Fredericksburg | See you in the Field

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