Benjamin Bunn — Company I; 30th North Carolina Infantry

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Co I - Bunn BenjaminBenjamin Bunn (1844-1907)

Company I – 30th North Carolina Infantry

Benjamin Bunn was 17 when he enlisted into the 30th NC Infantry. He grew up on a fairly large estate near Rocky Mount, Nash Co., NC, the youngest of three children. Leaving the farming life to his older brother, Ben attended the Rocky Mount Academy and prepared for a life of military service.

When the Civil War began he quickly left his classes and enlisted as a rifleman in Company I, known as the “Ladies’ Guards’; commanded by Cpt. William Arrington, and Ben’s older brother, 1st Lt. Elias Bunn. The young rifleman was promoted to 1st Sergeant in November 1861 and quickly took over the task of drilling the company’s initial 80 volunteers.

Sickness slowed down Ben’s activities in early 1862 and on April 1, 1862, he was forced to give up his stripes and return to the ranks as a rifleman. However, with the help of influential friends who wrote letters to the military department, the young soldier was immediately considered for a commission in another Carolina regiment. One of the petitioners, the 30th NC’s colonel, Frank Parker, wrote, “I cheerfully recommend him form … the position of drill master… he will fill [the position] well.”[1]

Benjamin Bunn was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 47th NC Infantry on August 24, 1862. He served with the 47th for the rest of the war, often acting as a company commander of a sharp shooter formation in MacRae’s brigade.

After the war, Ben earned a law degree and became a lawyer. He was elected mayor of Rocky Mount, NC. The veteran married and he and his wife raised two children. Ben became a delegate for the North Carolina Constitution committee in 1875, and later served in the NC House of Representatives, and three terms in Congress as a Democrat.

Benjamin Bunn died in 1907.

 

Company I – the ‘Ladies’ Guards’ (Nash County)[2]

** – Names in Bold – the soldier died during the war

Rank Name DOB M/S Residence Occupation
 Cpt. Arrington, William T. 1822 M Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farmer
1st Lt. Bunn, Elias 1842 S Rocky Mount,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
2nd Lt. Harris, James J. 1835 S Nashville, Nash Co., NC Public Registrar
3rd Lt. Woodward, Coleman W. 1827 S Castalia,Nash Co., NC Farmer
1st Cpl. Barkley, James H. 1840 S Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Day Labor
3rd Cpl. Batchelor, Van Buren 1834 M Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farmer
4th Cpl. Robbins, Willie H. 1833 M Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Barnes, Bryant B. 1840 S Arringtons, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Bass, John S. 1843   Madison Co., NC  
 Pvt. Bass, Richard H. 1843 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Batchelor, Elkanah 1830 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Teacher
 Pvt. Batchelor, Neverson A. 1839 M Ricks, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Batchelor, Wm. D. ‘Willie’ 1840 S Coopers, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Bone, Hardy H. 1833 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Bone, John W. 1843 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Brantley, Jn. Redmond 1838 S Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Bryan, James H. 1843 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Bunn, Benjamin H. 1844 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Student
 Pvt. Capps, William H. 1830 M Louisburg,Franklin Co., NC Farmer
Pvt. Coley, James J. 1837 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Cook, Ransom L. 1840 S Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Crickman, Josiah G. 1844 S Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Crump, Samuel W. 1835 S Collins, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Denson, Alexander 1842 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Denson, Benjamin E. 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Dozier, James W. 1837 S Bailey, Nash Co., NC Teacher
 Pvt. Edwards, James 1840 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Edwards, Robert C. 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Fox, Reddin P. 1847 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
Pvt. Fryer, Lawrence D. 1843 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Griffin, James D. 1839 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Griffin, Jesse R. 1838 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Gupton, Thomas 1840 S Louisburg, Franklin Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Harris, Elbert H. 1820 M Warrenton,Warren Co., NC Carpenter
 Pvt. Hedgepeth, Elias G. 1833 M Collins, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Hunt, James A. 1833 Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Jones, John R. 1845 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Factory Labor
Pvt. Joyner, Alsey M. 1839 S Franklinton, Franklin Co., NC Teacher
 Pvt. Joyner, Ashley G. 1844 S Ricks, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Joyner, James A. 1837 M Ricks,Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor
 Pvt. Joyner, Jonas A. 1840 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor
 Pvt. Joyner, Nathan T. 1837 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor
 Pvt. Joyner, Nelson V. 1841 Nash Co. NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Joyner, William B. 1818 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Langley, Singleton 1821 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
Pvt. Lewis, Edward W. 1843 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Lindsey, Neverson A. 1844 S Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Lindsey, Richard 1831 S Ricks, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Manning, John E. 1838 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Morgan, Moses B. 1825 S Stanhope, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Odom, David M. 1835 Nash Co., NC
 Pvt. Odom, Jacob E. 1842 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Parker, Josiah 1830 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer
Pvt. Perry, Sidney R. 1843 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor
 Pvt. Pitt, Frederick 1841 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Pitt, James W. 1844 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Poland, Alford 1821 M Coopers, Nash Co., NC Butcher
 Pvt. Price, Joel L. 1836 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Pridgen, Alexander 1824 M Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Rackley, James M. 1835 S Stanhope,Nash Co., NC Carpenter
 Pvt. Renfrow, Perry V. 1840 S Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Ricks, John A. 1839 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Robbins, Edward J. 1825 Nash Co., NC
 Pvt. Ruffin, Charles H. 1844 S Tarboro, Edgecombe Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Sykes, William J. 1841 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Taylor, Bolen 1842 S Collins, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Taylor, Calvin C. 1836 M Collins,Nash Co., NC Carpenter
 Pvt. Taylor, Egbert H. 1824 M Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Thorn, William E. 1841 S Arringtons, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
Pvt. Tisdale, Thomas B. 1835 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Turner, Walter S. 1848 S Tarboro,Edgecombe Co., NC Clerk
 Pvt. Vick, Benjamin S. 1833 M Collins,Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Vick, Exum R. 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Vick, James F. 1825 M Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
Pvt. Vick, Joseph J. 1829 M Collins,Nash Co., NC Farmer
 Pvt. Walker, Richmond D. 1840 Nash Co., NC
 Pvt. Walker, Worrell P. 1828 M Collins,Nash Co., NC Overseer
 Pvt. Whitley, John S. 1832 M Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Williams, Henry H. 1833 M Mannings,Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor
 Pvt. Williams, Joseph D. 1830 M Dortches,Nash Co., NC Clerk
 Pvt. Williford, Burton B. 1844 S Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Merchant’s Asst.
 Pvt. Wilbourne, Ruffin F. 1833 M Dortches, Nash Co., NC   Farmer
 Pvt. Winstead, George T. 1844 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Winters, George 1843 Nash Co., NC
 Pvt. Wood, James 1840 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Wood, William 1840 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor
 Pvt. Woodward, John E. 1836 Nash Co., NC

 

 

1861 Recruits
 Pvt. Cobb, Jefferson 1840 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 12/19/61.
 Pvt. Winstead, Hilliard H. 1843 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 11/20/61. 
1862 Recruits
 Pvt. Bass, William 1812 M Collins, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 12/4/62 (as a substitute). 
 Pvt. Batchelor, Andrew J. 1837 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 1/28/62.
 Pvt. Batchelor, Henry H. 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Batchelor, John W. 1840 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Batchelor, Redmond W. 1846 S Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Batchelor, Samuel Mc. 1843 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Batchelor, Thomas R. 1833 M Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Battle, Lawrence F. 1838 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Batts, William J. 1833 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Bell, Arkin B. 1835 S Black Creek, Wilson Co., NC Carpenter Enlisted, 3/10/62. 
 Pvt. Bissett, Payton 1825 M Stanhope,Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 8/5/62.
 Pvt. Boon, Joseph H. 1832 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 3/4/62. 
 Pvt. Bunn, James D. 1845 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Crumpler, Bennett 1825 M Gardner,Wilson Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Culpepper, John 1838 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Davis, Miles 1844 S Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted,
 Pvt. Eason, Haywood 1835 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Carpenter Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Eason, William 1844 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Carpenter’s Asst. Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Evans, William M. 1837 S Collins,Nash Co., NC Engineer Enlisted, 5/10/62.
 Pvt. Gay, George W. 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
Pvt. Griffin, A. Calhoun 1843 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Harper, John H. 1839 S Nashville, Nash Co., NC Wheel-wright’s Asst. Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Jones, Calvin F. 1813 M Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 3/15/62.
 Pvt. Joyner, Calvin M. 1833 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Joyner, Ira E. 1832 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Joyner, Little B. 1829 M Coopers, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
Pvt. Lewis, Arnold L. 1844 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/15/62.
Pvt. Manning, Jeremiah D. 1842 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Manning, Moses V. 1839 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Turpentine Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Manning, Richard M. 1833 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Pitt, John W. 1835 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Overseer Transferred from 15th NC Inf., 6/21/62. 
 Pvt. Pitts, William M. 1841 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Transferred from 15th NC Inf., 6/21/62.
Pvt. Pittman, William B. 1827 M Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Poland, Simeon H. 1832 M Coopers, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Pridgen, Drewry 1830 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
Pvt. Pridgen, Henry H. 1834 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Overseer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
Pvt. Pridgen, Josiah H. 1839 S Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
Pvt. Rackley, P. Nicholas 1839 S Mannings, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Sherwood, Edwin 1839   Nash Co., NC   Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Sherwood, George A. 1841 S Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Smith, Albert     Nash Co., NC   Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
 Pvt. Stallings, Franklin 1831 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62. 
Pvt. Stallings, Willie 1835 M Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 5/1/62.
 Pvt. Vick, William H. 1835 S Arringtons, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/10/62. 
 Pvt. Vick, Willie R. 1844 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 1/28/62.
 Pvt. Walker, Berryman 1843 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Walker, John Blount 1838 S Collins, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 4/25/62. 
 Pvt. Westray, Archibald H. 1839 Franklin Co., NC Enlisted, 3/1/62.
 Pvt. Whitfield, John W. 1834 M Warrenton,Warren Co., NC Overseer Enlisted, 5/1/62
Pvt. Whitfield, Patrick L. 1828 M Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 Pvt. Whitley, Jolley B. 1840 M Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 3/4/62. 
 Pvt. Williams, Micajah T. 1845 S Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Enlisted, 5/1/62.
Pvt. Williams, Wright J. 1835 S Whiteville,Columbus Co., NC Cooper Enlisted, 3/13/62.
 Pvt. Winstead, G. J. 1833 M Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farmer Enlisted, 11/-/62.
 Pvt. Winstead, Theophilus T. 1845 S Mannings,Nash Co., NC Cooper’s Asst. Enlisted, 3/4/62.
 1863 Recruits / Conscripts
 Pvt. Addison, Quincy Edward 1844 S Brassfields,Wake Co., NC Day Labor Conscripted, 9/1/63.
2nd Lt. Arrington, Kearney W. 1843 S Nash Co., NC Transferred from 2nd NC Cav., 2/17/63.
 Pvt. Anderson, Thomas J. 1840 S Tarboro,Edgecombe Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 7/8/63.
Pvt. Armstrong, Gray Robert 1839 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Overseer Conscripted, 9/1/63.
 Pvt. Borrows, James B. 1821 M Pittards,Halifax Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 7/30/63.
Pvt. Crowell, Jonas W. 1838 S Hamleton,Martin Co., NC Merchant’s Clerk Transferred from 5th AL Inf., 4/5/63.
 Pvt. Culpepper, William J. 1837 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Transferred from 12th NC Inf., 10/1/63.
 Pvt. Deans, William 1822 M Mannings,Nash Co., NC Day Labor Conscripted, 9/1/63.
 Pvt. Dortridge, Richard J. 1845   Nash Co., NC   Conscripted, 3/2/63.
 Pvt. Edwards, Edwin 1823 M Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 9/20/63.
 Pvt. Edwards, Solomon 1846 S Dortches, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 11/10/63. 
 Pvt. Griffin, John B. 1832 M Arringtons,Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 3/1/63. 
 Pvt. Griffin, William B. 1836 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 3/1/63.
 Pvt. Grimmer, Elias G. 1830 M Tarboro,Edgecombe Co., NC Engineer Conscripted, 7/8/63.
 Pvt. Johnson, Christopher B. 1825 M Collins,Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 9/1/63.
 Pvt. Johnson, Henry 1823 M Wake Co., NC Conscripted, 9/1/63.
 Pvt. Joyner, George W. 1845 S Coopers,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 3/10/63.
 Pvt. Lindsey, William B. 1843 S Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 3/15/63. 
 Pvt. Pender, John 1844 S Tarboro,Edgecombe Co., NC Hat Maker’s Apprentice Conscripted, 7/8/63.
 Pvt. Rigsbee, William C. 1819 M Morrisville, Wake Co., NC Manager Conscripted, 9/1/63. 
 Pvt. Robertson, Robert 1824   Caswell Co., NC   Conscripted, 9/1/63. 
 Pvt. Strickland, Henry O. 1830 M Winsteads,Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 7/8/63.
 Pvt. Williams, Nathan C. ‘Nat’ 1824 M Chapel Hill, Orange Co., NC Wheel Wright Conscripted, 9/1/63. 
1864 Conscripts
 Pvt. Batchelor, Ruffin 1830 Nash Co., NC Transferred form 47th NC Inf., 1/22/64.
 Pvt. Edwards, Willie 1847 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 3/18/64.
 Pvt. Griffin, Mark S. 1846 S Ricks,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 2/15/64.
 Pvt. Lewis, John A. 1825 M Winsteads, Nash Co., NC Farmer Conscripted, 2/23/64. 
 Pvt. Matthews, Hilliard 1843 S Dortches,Nash Co., NC Farm Labor Conscripted, 3/10/64.

 

 

[1] Parker, Francis, 20 May 1862, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers.

[2] Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 30th North Carolina Infantry.

Categorized as 7th Tennessee Blog, Blog

Leave a Reply