I am in the process of researching relatives who fought in the War Between the States. I began with a site by Judith Parker-Proctor, "List of North Carolina Troops in which men from Cleveland & Rutherford Counties served during the War Between the States." Her site referred me to "North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster", Compiled by Weymouth T. Jordan Jr., Unit Histories by Louis H Manari. I also checked other reference books at the library that claimed to list all Confederate soldiers, and the National Parks Service Web site, http://www.nps.gov, which led me to "The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System", http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html . John Robert Faries (Farris) was found at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~york/12thSCV/B.htm.
Problems came up in the searches. Names were misspelled. Dates didn't quite match. What you see here are the ancestors I have come up with so far:
His name is spelled Zachariah on the roster. Zecheriah was my great-great-grandfather, the father of Cicero Miller Bridges, who was the father of Pauline Bridges Navey, my grandmother. Zecheriah served in Company E, 12th Regiment, N.C. Troops, "The Cleveland Guards". His record says, "Bridges, Zachariah, Private: Resided in Cleveland County where he enlisted at age 22, July 29, 1861. Present or accounted for through December 1864." In the 1860 Rutherford County, N.C. census, Zechariah Bridges is listed as a farmer, age 20, with wife Nancy and daughter Louisa, 1. They were living with the family of O.P. Gardner, a 32-year-old physician. "Louisa" is believed to be a mishearing of "Eliza". Eliza E. Bridges (Green) was born Aug. 3, 1859. Cicero Miller Bridges was born April 27, 1861. So Cicero was just a few months old when his father left for the war. When Zecheriah returned, Nancy Hamrick Bridges did not welcome him with open arms. They never lived together again. Nancy is buried at the Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Cleveland County; Zecheriah is buried in the Hamrick cemetery with no marker.
William P. Bumgardner
William was my great-great-grandfather, the father of Sarah Ann Bumgardner, who was the mother of my grandfather, Ernest Victor Navey. William was a "preacher's kid" and the youngest of three brothers who served in the war and the only one who survived. He served in Company F, 55th Regiment, N.C. Troops, "the South Mountain Rangers". His record says, "Bumgardner, William P., Private: Was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Cleveland County at age 18 April 25, 1864, for the war. Reported present in May-June and September-October 1864. Court-martialed on an unspecified date. Reason he was court-martialed not reported. Deserted to the enemy on or about March 15, 1865". This was but a month before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. He told my grandfather that he did not desert, but that his life was in danger and he took shelter. One can only imagine the motives of a man who had lost two older brothers and many friends and compatriots. Some soldiers were reported as deserters when they went home to plant crops. William was born on Nov. 17, 1845, and died March 27, 1926. he is buried at the Casar Baptist Church cemetery alongside his wife, Susan Ann Newton Bumgardner. His stone bears the CSA mark.
Amos, William's oldest brother, born Jan. 2, 1840, served in Company F, 34th Regiment, N.C. Troops, "the Floyd Rifles". His record says, "Bumgardner, Amos, Private: Born in Cleveland County where he resided prior to enlisting in Guilford County at age 21, Oct. 23, 1861. Died at Goldsboro on Feb. 11-13, 1862, of disease". Amos is buried at the Zoar Baptist Church cemetery near Casar, N.C.
David A. Bumgardner
David, William's older brother, born Oct. 28, 1843, also served in Company F, 55th Regiment, N.C. Troops, "the South Mountain Rangers". His record says, "Bumgardner, David A., Private: Born in Cleveland County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Cleveland County at age 18 April 19, 1862, for the war. Reported present in June 1862. Captured at Gettysburg, Pa., July 1, 1863. Confined at Fort Delaware, Del., July 6, 1863. Transferred to Point Lookout, Md., Oct. 20, 1863. Died at point Lookout on Aug. 10, 1864. Cause of death not reported". David is said to be buried at the Zoar Baptist Church cemetery near Casar, N.C.
John Robert Faries (Farris)
John Robert Farris, my great-great-great-grandfather, was a member of Company B, the 12th Infantry, "The Campbell Rifles". On Aug. 15, 1861, the Yorkville Enquirer carried the roster of the Campbell Rifles, a company composed of men mostly from Yorkville and the nearby countryside. The men had reported to Camp Lightwood Knot Springs (now Fort Jackson, near Columbia, S.C.) the week before. The men soon saw action at at the battles of Groveton and Winchester. In the war, York County had the highest death rate of any county in South Carolina, 805 out of an adult white male population of 4,379, or 183.8 per 1,000.
James Bryant "Jim" Hawkins
James was my great-great-grandfather, the father of Carrie Hawkins Wilson Bridges, who was the mother of Pauline Bridges Navey, my grandmother. His record says, "Hawkins, James B., Private: Resided in Cleveland County where he enlisted at age 23, February 26, 1863, for the war. Wounded in the elbow at Chancellorsville, Virginia, May 3, 1863. Reported absent on detached service in January-February, 1864. Rejoined the company in March-April, 1864. Surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865." James was married several times after his marriage to Mary Lytton Hawkins. He died May 29, 1918, and is buried at Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery in Cleveland County next to his wife Hannah. His stone has been vandalized. Grandsons Lawrence and Milton Hawkins said they could feel the bullet in James' arms. When they asked him why he didn't have it taken out, he told them that all the doctors were drunk, and he didn't want them near him.
Edward Walter Hawkins
He was James' brother. He served in Company G, 18th Regiment, N.C. Troops. His record says, "Hawkins, Edward W., Private: Resided in Cleveland County and enlisted in Iredell County on August 14, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until wounded in the left wrist at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862. Reported absent wounded or absent on light duty through February 1865. Captured in hospital at Richmond, Virginia, and was confined at Libby Prison, Richmond, until transferred to Newport News, Virginia, April 23, 1865. Released at Newport News on June 30, 1865, after taking the Oath of Allegiance." Edward paints a clear picture of the emotional pain of war in a letter to his wife, Drusilla Burgess Hawkins, which is in the family's possession. Drusilla preceded him in death, on May 31, 1893. Edward then married Rebecca Gillespie Hawkins, who died on April 10, 1928. Edward, known as "Grandsire Ned", died on Jan. 11, 1917, and is buried with his two wives at High Shoals Baptist Church in the town of Henrietta in Rutherford County, N.C.
John Jackson Navy
Jackson, born in 1834, was the youngest brother of my great-great-grandfather James Peter Cornish Navey. He served in Company E, 16th Regiment, N.C. Troops. His record says, "Navy, Jackson, Private: Resided in Burke County and enlisted in Wake County at age 34, Sept. 23, 1862, for the war. Present or accounted for until he died in hospital in Richmond, Va., Dec. 10, 1862, of 'typhoid fever' ".