Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Other North Carolina 63rd Regiment/5th NC Cavalry Connections

Previously I posted about my 2nd Great Grandfather, Christopher Columbus Wheeler who served in Company I of the North Carolina 63rd Regiment/5th NC Cavalry.   My 3rd Great Grand Uncle, Private Joseph Joshua "Joe" Adcock, and two 2nd cousins, 4x removed; Corporal Harrison H. Wheeler and Private Thomas Jefferson Wheeler also served in Company I of this regiment. 

Joseph Joshua "Joe" Adcock was born in Granville County, North Carolina in 1828.  His brother Woodward A. Adcock served in Company E of the North Carolina 46th Infantry Regiment.  Joe volunteered for the Confederate States Army on July 8, 1862.   He was around 34 years old.   Joe was captured at Aberdeen Church, VA on April 3, 1865.   He was released from Point Lookout Prison in Maryland after signing the Oath of Allegiance to the United States on June 22, 1865.   See the supporting documents below:


POW Roll for Joe

Joe's Oath of Allegiance


Here's my relation to Joe:

Joseph Joshua "Joe" Adcock (1828 - 1882)
is your 3rd great grand uncle
William Adcock (1790 - 1858)
Father of Joseph Joshua "Joe"
Annie Tyson "Fanny" Adcock (1835 - 1912)
Daughter of William
William Allen Moss (1859 - 1931)
Son of Annie Tyson "Fanny"
Valeria Lee Moss (1890 - 1968)
Daughter of William Allen
Phebe Teresa Wheeler Lewis (1918 - 1977)
Daughter of Valeria Lee
Joyce Elaine Lewis (1948 - )
Daughter of Phebe Teresa
Chip Stokes
You are the son of Joyce


Thomas Jefferson Wheeler was born in 1833  in Orange County, North Carolina.  He and his brother Harrison both served together in Company I.  Their younger brother Sergeant John Y. Wheeler served with Woodward Adcock in Company E of the North Carolina 46th Infantry Regiment.  T. J. enlisted in the C. S. A. army on July 15, 1862 at the age of about 29.  He would not survive the War.  Private Thomas Jefferson Wheeler was killed in the Battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse on March 31, 1865, shortly before the end of the war.  

Below is a Muster Roll showing where T.J. was sent home to procure a new horse:




T.J. was home in Orange County recovering from illness from March through August of 1864.   He still didn't have a horse.

























Below is the last record in Thomas Jefferson Wheeler's service file, a receipt for clothing:



Thomas died just 3 months later at the Battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse, Virginia


The inscription reads: 

"Dedicated to the Confederate and Union soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House, sometimes called Chamberlain’s Bed, in the last brief victory of the Army of Northern Virginia, March 31, 1865. General Sheridan’s troops were defeated and forced back to Dinwiddie Court House by the Confederates led by Generals Pickett, W.H.F. Lee and Fitzhugh Lee.

The last rebel yells were heard here. General Sheridan rallied with reinforcements the next day, April 1st, to practically end the war when the Union won overwhelmingly at nearby Five Forks, sometimes called the “Waterloo of the Confederacy.” This led to the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond on April 2, 1865, with the surrender coming a few days later at Appomattox, on April 9, 1865
."

Erected by the Confederate Memorial Association of Dinwiddie County on July 31,1972.


Here's my relation to Thomas:

Thomas Jefferson Wheeler (1833 - 1865)
is your 2nd cousin 4x removed
America Wheeler (1805 - 1880)
Father of Thomas Jefferson
Martin Wheeler (1775 - 1822)
Father of America
William Wheeler (1725 - 1780)
Father of Martin
Benjamin Wheeler (1755 - 1830)
Son of William
Benjamin Franklin Wheeler (1803 - 1883)
Son of Benjamin
Christopher Columbus Wheeler (1842 - 1912)
Son of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Elliott Wheeler (1883 - 1951)
Son of Christopher Columbus
Phebe Teresa Wheeler Lewis (1918 - 1977)
Daughter of Benjamin Elliott
Joyce Elaine Lewis (1948 - )
Daughter of Phebe Teresa
Chip Stokes
You are the son of Joyce


Harrison H. Wheeler was born on May 15, 1834 in Orange County, North Carolina.  He was 28 years old when he enlisted with his brother T.J. on July 15, 1862.   Below you'll see where Harrison was also without a horse as of July 12th, 1863.   Apparently Joe Adcock was the only ancestor in this regiment with a horse after the 5th Cavalry covered Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. 




Harrison would be without a horse through December of 1863.





Below is a pay voucher for rations during the time Harrison was sent home to get new horses:


 


Harrison H. Wheeler lived to be 74 years old.   He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, NC.





Here's my relation to Harrison:

Harrison H. Wheeler (1834 - 1908)
is your 2nd cousin 4x removed
America Wheeler (1805 - 1880)
Father of Harrison H.
Martin Wheeler (1775 - 1822)
Father of America
William Wheeler (1725 - 1780)
Father of Martin
Benjamin Wheeler (1755 - 1830)
Son of William
Benjamin Franklin Wheeler (1803 - 1883)
Son of Benjamin
Christopher Columbus Wheeler (1842 - 1912)
Son of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Elliott Wheeler (1883 - 1951)
Son of Christopher Columbus
Phebe Teresa Wheeler Lewis (1918 - 1977)
Daughter of Benjamin Elliott
Joyce Elaine Lewis (1948 - )
Daughter of Phebe Teresa
You are the son of Joyce



Flag of the NC 63rd Regiment/5th NC Cavalry


This is the flag of the North Carolina 63rd Regiment/5th NC Cavalry.   It's currently in storage at the North Carolina History Museum in Raleigh.   Unfortunately until conservation efforts are made, this flag will not be available for public view.  My father and I met with Curator Joe Porter and Textile Conservator Paige Myers for a private viewing back in June.  They explained that the flag is in pretty bad shape and would cost roughly between $7,000 - $10,000 to be fully conserved.  Please contact me if you are interested in helping to save the NC 63rd Regiment/5th NC Cavalry's flag. 

Below is a summary of the Battles in which the NC 63rd/5th NC Cavalry participated:

Kinston – Goldsboro, NC
Action, Culpeper Court House, VA (Sept. 13, 1863)
Action, Raccoon Ford/Rapidan Station, (September 14, 1863)
Skirmish, Jack's Shop, Madison Court House, VA (Sept. 22, 1863)
Skirmishes, James City, VA (Oct. 8-10, 1863)
Bristoe Campaign (Oct. 9-22, 1863)
Action, Warrenton/White Sulphir Springs, VA (Oct. 12, 1863)
Action, Auburn Mills, (Oct. 13, 1863)
Skirmish, Brentsville, VA (Oct. 14, 1863)
Engagement, Auburn, Auburn Miulls, Auburn Ford, VA (Oct. 14, 1863)
Skirmish, Manassas Junction, (Oct. 15, 1863)
Skirmish, Oak Hill, Va (Oct. 15, 1863)
Skirmish, Blackburn's Ford, Bull Run, VA (Oct. 15, 1863)
Action, Buckland's Mills (the Buckland Races), VA (Oct. 19, 1863)
Skirmish, Haymarket, VA (Oct. 18, 1863)
Operations against the Advance to the line of the Rappahannock River, VA (Nov. 7-8,1863)
Engagement, Kelly's Ford, VA (Nov. 7, 1863)
Action, Brandy Station, VA (Nov. 8, 18963)
Mine Run Campaign (Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 1864)
Skirmishes, Raccoon Ford, VA (Nov. 26-27, 1863)
Engagement, Payne's Farm, VA (Nov. 27, 1863)
Operations against the Demonstration on the Rapidan, VA (Feb 6-7, 1864)
Engagement, Morton's Ford, VA (Feb.6-7, 1864)
Operations against Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid from Stevensburg to Richmond, Va (Feb. 28-Mar. 4, 1864)
Engagement, Fortifications of Richmond, Brooks Turnpike, Richmond, VA
Skirmish, Hanover Junction, VA (March 1, 1864)
Skirmish, Ashland, VA (March 1, 1864)
Skirmish near Tunstall Station, VA (detachment) (March 3, 1864)
Wilderness Campaign (May 1-June 12, 1864)
Engagement, Todd's Tavern, VA (May 5-6, 1864)
Battle, Wilderness, VA (May 5-7, 1864)
Combat, The Furnaces, VA (May 6, 1864)
Combat, Alsop's Farm, Spottsylvania, VA (May 8, 1864)
Operations against Sheridan's Expedition from Todd's Tavern to the James River, VA (May 9-24,1864)
Skirmish, Piney Branch Ford, Va (May 9, 1864)
Engagement, North Anna River, VA (May 9, 1864)
Action, Davenport Ford, VA (May 9, 1864)
Skirmish, Beaver Dam Station, VA (May 9-10, 1864)
Engagement, Ground Squirrel Church/Bridge, South Anna River, and yellow Tavern near Richmond, VA (May 11, 1864)
Engagement, Brook's Church (Richmond Fortifications), VA (May 12, 1864)
Combat, Mechanicsville, VA (May 12, 1864)
Combat, Strawberry Hill, VA (May 12, 1864)
Action, Haxall's Landing, VA (May 18, 1864)
Action, Hanover Court House, VA (May 26, 1864)
Combat, Crump's Creek, VA (May 28, 1864)
Action, Hanovertown, VA (May 28, 1864)
Operations on the line of the Totopotomoy River, VA (May 28-31, 1864)
Battles about Cold Harbor, VA (June 1-12, 1864)
Action, Haw's Shop, VA (June 3, 1864)
Skirmish near Via's House, VA (June 3, 1864)
Action, Long Bridge, VA (June 12, 1864)
Action, Smith's Store neat St. Peter's Church, VA (June 15, 1864)
Skirmish, Ream's Station, Va (June 22, 1864)
Operations against Wilson's Expedition against the south Side and Danville R. R., VA (June 22-July 2, 1864)
Action, Nottoway Court House, VA (June 23, 1864)
Skirmish, Staunton Bridge, VA (June 24, 1864)
Action, Staunton River Bridge (Roanoke River), VA (June 25, 1864)
Skirmishes, Ream's Station, VA (June 30-July 3, 1864)
Petersburg Siege, (June 1864 - April 2, 1865)
Action, Warwick's Swamp, Lee's Mills, Reams Station, VA (July 12, 1864)
Skirmish, Ream's Station, VA (July 22, 1864)
Demonstration on the North side of the James River and Engagements at Deep Bottom, Darbytown, Strawberry Plains, New Market Road (July 27-29)
Engagement, Malvern Hill, VA (July 28, 1864)
Action, Malvern Hill, VA (Aug.14-16, 1864)
Skirmish, White Oak Swamp, Fussell's Mill, VA (Aug. 18, 1864)
Battle, Ream's Station, VA (Aug. 25, 1864)
Skirmish near Richmond, VA (Aug 27, 1864)
Action, Sycamore Church, VA (Sept. 16, 1864)
Action, Arthur's Swamp, VA (Sept. 30-Oct.1, 1864)
Engagement, Boydton Plank Road, VA (Oct. 27-28, 1864)
Operations against the reconnaissance toward Stony Creek, VA (Nov. 7)
Expedition to and Skirmish at Stony Creek Station, VA (Dec. 1, 1864)
Operations against Warren's Expedition to Hicksford, VA (Dec 7-12)
Skirmish, Bellefield, (December 9-10, 1864)
Battle, Barney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, Armstrong's Mills (Feb.5-7,1865)
Appomattox Campaign (March 8-April 9, 1865)
Engagement, Dinwiddie Courthouse, VA (March 30-31, 1865)
Skirmish, White Oak Road, VA (March 31 - April 1, 1865)
Battle, Five Forks, Va (April 1, 1865)
Engagement, Sutherland Station, South Side R.R., VA (April 2, 1865)
Action, Scott's Cross Roads, VA (April 3, 1865)
Namozine Church, (April 3, 1865)
Engagement/Surrender, Appomattox Courthouse, (April 9, 1865)


3 comments:

  1. Very interesting blog. I did enjoy looking at your information and was glad to see the flag.
    I personally saw the flag back in the mid 90's as well but did not have a picture of it.
    My great great grandfather Thomas Meridth Andrews was in company E of the 63rd, died of yellow fever at the age of 28.
    Steve Andrews

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    1. Thanks for your comment Steve. I'm glad you found my blog and am glad you've enjoyed reading it. It's my goal to make sure the history and sacrifice of these men is never forgotten.

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  2. This is the first picture of the flag I have seen. My 3rd great grandfather was 2nd Lieutenant, Company G. I would be interested in helping with fundraisers to conserve the battle flag.

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