Death at Gettysburg: Company C Casualties

Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Benjamin Carter (Co. C) was killed during Pickett's Charge.

 

Death at Gettysburg

Company C

  June 30 – July 15, 1863

   – Thomas Venner

The volunteers from Bertie County, NC were commanded by Cpt. Frank Bird as they settled down for the night, west of Gettysburg. They were at about half strength from when Company C had originally mustered in, back in March 1862. But now, as these Tar Heels waited for the morning sun on July 1, 1863, Cpt. Bird led 54 officers and enlisted men. Captain Bird was assisted by lieutenants Thomas Cooper, Edward Outlaw, and Edward Rhodes. His senior sergeant was 1st Sgt. Clingman Craige, who led an NCO staff composed of four sergeants and three corporals.

Company C’s battle-line position was in the regiment’s right wing, therefore when the 11th NC smashed into the Iron Brigade that July 1st afternoon, Co. C was part of the formation that lapped around the 19th Indiana’s flank. This trick of fate meant the Bertie County men suffered less casualties than many of the other commands, but unfortunately, those Hoosiers who took aim at the approaching Carolinians must have been marksmen; four Tar Heels were killed by Indiana rifle fire, one of the highest amounts among all ten companies.

Two days later, Cpt. Frank Bird led his shrunken command forward in Pickett’s Charge. More of his Tar Heels fell; one in five never returned from that assault, including four more men who lie dead. The next day, when the Confederate army fell back from Gettysburg, Co. C left behind just two wounded soldiers in the abandoned field hospital. The formation’s casualties during the battle had been severely punishing; eight killed, eight wounded, and another 4 wounded and captured.

The Southern defense at Williamsport and the frantic rear guard fight at Falling Waters stripped another nine veterans from Cpt. Bird’s command. He reached safety on the south side of the Potomac with just 26 men under his command.

Co. C

Strength

Killed

Wounded

WIA/Capt.

Captured

Total

%

July 1

54

4

5

9

17%

July 3

45

4

1

3

1

9

20%

July 5

2*

Williamsport

36

1

2

3

8%

July 14

33

2

4

6

18%

July 15

27

   

8

8**

4

7

27

50%

* These men were wounded on July 1st or July 3rd.

** 5 died from their wounds at a later date.

Company C

Muster Roll – June 30, 1863

Gettysburg Campaign

Name

Rank

Remarks
Bird, Francis ‘Frank’, W.

Cpt.

(Commission-1/22/62)
Cooper, Thomas W.

1st Lt.

Killed, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Outlaw, Edward Ralph

1st Lt.

 
Rhodes, Edward A.

2nd Lt.

Killed (‘by bullet to his head’), 7/3/63 at Gettysburg
Craige, Clingman

1st Sgt.

Wounded, 7/7/63 at Hagerstown, MD and captured, 7/15/63 at Williamsport, MD. Died of wounds, 9/15/63
Britton, Daniel W.

Sgt.

 
Parker, William G.

Sgt.

Wounded, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg.

Died of wounds, 7/17/63 at Winchester, VA

Rayner, James T.

Sgt.

Wounded (left leg), 7/1/63 and captured, 7/5/63 at Gettysburg field hospital.
Todd, William H.

Sgt.

Wounded (left thigh), 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Adams, James H.

Cpl.

Wounded (left hand), 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Carter, Joseph B.

Cpl.

 
Powell, William W.

Cpl.

Wounded, 7/1/63 and captured, 7/5/63 at Gettysburg field hospital.
Bazemore, Armstead L.

Pvt.

 
Brogden, William G.

Pvt.

 
Burden, James M.

Pvt.

 
Butler, Levin E.

Pvt.

 
Byrum, Jesse B.

Pvt.

Captured, 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Byrum, Reuben L.

Pvt.

Captured, 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Carter, Benjamin

Pvt.

Killed, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg
Casper, James H.

Pvt.

Captured, 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Casper, Joseph W.

Pvt.

Killed, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg
Casper, William J.

Pvt.

 
Corprew, Jonathan

Pvt.

Wounded, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Cullifer, John C.

Pvt.

 
Cullifer, Simon

Pvt.

 
Davis, Allen

Pvt.

 
Davis, Augustus

Pvt.

 
Davis, John

Pvt.

 
Evans, Aaron J.

Pvt.

 
Floyd, James R.

Pvt.

Wounded, 7/3/63 and captured at Gettysburg
Gregory, John T.

Pvt.

Captured, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg
Gregory, William L.

Pvt.

Wounded, (‘foot shot off’), 7/3/63 at Gettysburg.

Captured, 7/15/63 at Williamsport, MD. Died of wounds.

Harrell, George B.

Pvt.

 
Holder, Thomas

Pvt.

Wounded and captured, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg.

Died of wounds.

Jackson, Joseph

Pvt.

Captured, 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
King, Joseph

Pvt.

Captured, 7/7/63 at Williamsport, MD
Madre, William B.

Pvt.

 
Mitchell, Jeremiah P.

Pvt.

Killed, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Myers, Nathan

Pvt.

 
Parker, Thomas H.

Pvt.

 
Peele, Thomas H.

Pvt.

Killed, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg
Pierce, James H.

Pvt.

Killed, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Pritchard, Andrew J.

Pvt.

Wounded (right arm, right knee, right thigh, & right hip), 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Pritchard, James W.

Pvt.

 
Rawls, James R.

Pvt.

 
Skiles, Henry

Pvt.

 
Skiles, Robert M.

Pvt.

Captured, 7/14/63 at Falling Waters, MD
Stone, David G.

Pvt.

Killed, 7/1/63 at Gettysburg
Stone, John

Pvt.

 
Thatch, Stephen

Pvt.

 
Todd, Elisha

Pvt.

 
Todd, Lewis

Pvt.

 
Ward, William T.

Pvt.

 
Williams, James H.

Pvt.

Wounded and captured, 7/3/63 at Gettysburg.

Died of wounds.

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One Response to
“Death at Gettysburg: Company C Casualties”

  • Kurt says: June 2nd, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hello Mr. Venner,

    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do all this research on the 11th NC, and I look forward to your book. PVT. William J. Casper “Billie Joe” is my great great great Grandfather, and I am related to all the Casper boys as well as some of the Coopers who were in the 11th NC. I am a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as well as the Civil War Heritage Foundation. In the CWHF I will be portraying Captain Francis Bird of Co. C. If you come across any information or a picture that you would like to share let me know. I have been using the book “More Terrible than Victory” as most of my reference.
    -Kurt

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