Union Soldiers, Sailors & Civilians

Killed at the

Battle of Plymouth, NC

 

Casualties of the Plymouth Pilgrims during the Battle of Plymouth, NC were recorded at approximately 150. To date, only 51 of the deaths during the four day battle are confirmed. There are others listed here who died shortly after the battle due to wounds. There are still others listed as "Missing." It is assumed that several of the unknown deaths were Colored Recruits whose names are lost to history.

After the war, Union burials were re-located to National Cemeteries. 111 Union Soldiers and Sailors were removed from "Plymouth Cemetery" and re-buried at New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. 26 of the 111 are confirmed to have died in the Battle of Plymouth and 5 more who died from their wounds. Many of the others are "Unknowns." The burials in Plymouth Cemetery also include those who died prior to April 1864 and as late as 1865.

 

ALLEN, Ralph - Private, Co. F, 16th CT Infantry. Residence, Colchester, CT. Enrolled 11 Aug 1864. Mustered 24 Aug 1862. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

BASNIGHT, Mordecai - Private, Co. B, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Born 23 April 1816 in NC, son of Jacob & Polly (Messer) Basnight. Married Mary Elizabeth Bateman. A Farmer from Washington Co., NC. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in Scuppernog Church of Christ Cemetery.  Headstone  Interestingly, Elizabeth has a Civil War Military Headstone!

BECK, George W. - Private, Co. K, 101st PA Infantry. Born in Adams Co., PA. Enlisted 12 Nov 1861 at Gettysburg, PA; a 19 year old Farmer from Gettysburg, PA. Mustered in 14 Dec 1861. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Conrad Snyder stated he and Beck were next to a log building during the battle at Plymouth. A shell from the CSA ALBEMARLE hit the building. A log struck Beck, breaking his neck.

BURNET, John Henry - Private, Co. H, 101st PA Infantry. Born about 1843 in Beaver Co., PA. Enrolled 30 Sept 1861 at age 18, a Farmer from North Sewickley Twp, Beaver Co., PA. Mustered in 29 Oct 1861. Re-enlisted 27 Feb 1864. Wounded through the chest 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 21 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

CARRIER, George T. - Corporal, Co. D, 103d PA Infantry. Born in Jefferson Co., PA. Mustered 25 Sept 61 at age 18. Discharged 31 Dec 1863 at Plymouth, NC for reenlistment 2 Feb 1864 at age 20,  gray eyes,  auburn hair,  5’7”, and a Farmer.  Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. John McClain stated “I saw him going into Battle and in a short time he was shot and he walked back to the fort [Williams] and died in about three hours; this was about 10 am on Apr. “22”.  On 23 March 1865 in Orrsville, PA, 1st Lieut. Alfred L. Flick, Co. D, wrote to George's mother Sabria “that he was with George when he received his wound, we were fighting in town at the time; I put my arm around him and his around my neck and assisted him up to Ft. Williams, he was shot through the bowels and died the next day, I did not see him after I left him at the Fort, but I got my info from the Surgeon who attended him”. On 19 June 1888 mother Sabria A. Vandervot applied for pension #374810/271043.

CHAPIN, Nelson - Captain, Co. K, 85th NY Infantry. Born 22 Sept 1809 in Madison Co., NY. Enrolled at Elmira, NY at age 50. Mustered in 3 Dec 1861. Commissioned 7 Jan 1862 with rank from 7 Oct 1861. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Grave 943. Headstone

CLINE, Zechariah M. - 1st Sergeant, Co. G, 103d PA Infantry. Son of Matilda Cline. Mustered 10 Jan 1862 at Cowanshannock Twp, Armstrong Co., PA. Commissioned and mustered 25 Jan 1863 as 2d Lieut. Commissioned 1 July 1863 as 1st Lieut. Killed 18 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC by a shell fragment striking him near the brain. Mother Matilda applied for a pension 14 Feb 1879 #241650/208768. Also listed as KLINE.

COMSTOCK, Abel W. - Private, 24th NY Independent Battery. Born 1841. Enlisted 29 Aug `62 at Perry, Wyoming Co., NY, at age 21. Mustered in 30 Aug `62. At the Battle of Plymouth, NC an ammunition wagon exploded, a fragment struck Comstock in the thigh wounding him badly. He was taken to the hospital and died shortly after the battle on 9 May 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Grave 974 Headstone Also borne as Abe W. Comstock.

CONEBY, John W. - Private, Co. A, 101st PA Infantry. Born in Allegheny Co., PA, son of Reuben & Priscilla (Cox) Coneby. Enrolled at age 21, a Farmer from Allegheny Co., PA. Mustered in 18 Sept 61. After the Battle of Fair Oaks, VA was transported aboard the steamship S. R. Spaulding to Bellevue Hospital, New York City from Fortress Monroe, VA. May to June 1863: detailed as bass drummer for the 101st PA. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864 at Roanoke Island, NC. Killed by grape shot on 20 April 1864 at the Battle of Plymouth, NC. Also listed as dying at Andersonville 24 Aug 1864 and buried in Grave # 6746. This may have been a 2nd NC Union Volunteer. C. M. Norton, 1st MI Cavalry, a hospital assistant at Andersonville, states his death as 23 Aug 1864. Probably buried under the name John W. Combs. Name also spelled CONABEE.

COOK, Asa L. - Corporal, Co. E. Married 5 Jan 1851 to Julia F. Gleason. Enrolled 12 Aug 62 from Canton, CT. Mustered 24 Aug 62 as Private. Promoted to Corporal. Wounded in the head & captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 9 May 1864 from his wound. Julia re-married 31 Dec 1867 to James H. Rogers. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Section 13, 2228 Headstone

CROZIER, Samuel E. - Private, Co. A, 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted & Mustered in 16 July 62 at Philadelphia, PA at age 17. Missing in action 17 April 64 at Plymouth, NC.

DILLON, Jeremiah - Private, Co. K, 101st PA Infantry. Born in Ireland. Enrolled 15 Sept 1862 at Pittsburgh, PA, a 21 year old Laborer. Mustered in 1 Dec 1861. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

EASTMAN, Daniel C. – Private, Co. I, 85th NY Infantry. Born 17 July 1834 in Centreville, Allegany Co., NY, son of Nathaniel & Adaline (Child) Eastman. Married Sally. Enlisted 1 Jan 61 at Clarksville, NY at age 28. Mustered in 5 Jan 61 at Olean, NY. Captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 8 Sept 1864 of Dysentery at Andersonville, GA. Grave 8157. Also listed as dying in the Battle of Plymouth, NC. The burial at Andersonville may be a 2nd NC Union Volunteer.

EURE, Preston - Private, Co. B, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Enlisted 16 Dec 1863 at age 20 from Gates Co., NC. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

FANCHER, Amos - Private, Co. A, 12th NY Cavalry. Married 27 April 1851 to Ann A. Beals. Enrolled 20 Aug 1862 at age 33 from Hannibal, Oswego Co., NY. Part of the initial cavalry picket who engaged the Confederates on the afternoon of April 17th, 1864 when he was killed; becoming the first fatality in the Battle of Plymouth. Anna re-married 16 Dec 1865 to Eli Pearsons.

FISHER, David - Private, Co. H, 101st PA Infantry. Born 20 Nov 1840 in New Sewickley Twp, Beaver Co., PA, the son of Charles & Margaret Fisher. Enrolled 3 Oct 61 at age 21, a Carpenter from North Sewickley Twp, Beaver Co., PA. (Also listed as being from Slippery Rock Twp, Lawrence Co., PA) Mustered in 12 Nov 1861. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Killed by grape shot 19 April 1864 while loading his rifle on line of picket at Plymouth, NC. Memorial stone placed in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver Co., PA. GAR # 316.

FITZPATRICK, Pierce - Private, 24th NY Independent Battery. Enlisted 16 Nov 1861 at Albany, Albany Co., NY at age 26. Mustered in 7 Dec 1861. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Also listed as Pierre Fritzpatrick.

FLUSSER, Charles Williamson - Lieutenant Commander, U.S.S. Miami - Born 1833 in Annapolis, MD. Moved to KY as a child. Appointed to the Navy from KY. Midshipman 19 July 1847. Passed Midshipman 10 June 1853. Master 15 Sep 1855. Lieutenant 16 Sep 1855. Lieutenant-Commander July 1862. Took charge of the Miami in May 1863. Killed 3:30 a.m. on 19 April 1864 in the clash with the C. S. S. Albemarle when a shell fired by him rebounded off of the Albemarle killing him instantly.

GAY, Benjamin - Corporal, Co. G, 85th NY Infantry. Born 27 March 1846 in Pulteney, Steuben Co., NY, son of John & Permelia (Lansberry) Gay. Enlisted at Milo, NY at age 18. Mustered in 8 March 62 as Private. Promoted June 63 to Corporal. Re-enlisted 9 March 64. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in the New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Grave 930. Headstone

GARRETT, Dolphus - Private, Co. K, 103d PA Infantry. Mustered 20 Dec 1863 at Plymouth, NC. 1 March 1864 Descriptive Roll lists him as: Afro-American, age 18,  5’5”, Laborer & Cook. Reported Missing In Action and reportedly Killed In Action 20 April 1864 while escaping from the Battle at Plymouth, NC.

GILBREATH, James - Private, Co. A, 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Enrolled & Mustered in 21 Jan 63 at Philadelphia, PA at age 26. Missing in action 17 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Also listed as GILBRAITH.

HAGAN, John - Private, Co. E, 101st PA Infantry. Born in Uniontown, Fayette Co., PA, the son of John & Abigail (Watson) Hagan. Enrolled 10 Aug 1861 at age 18, a Chair Maker from Uniontown, PA. Mustered in 5 Nov 1861 as a Private. Promoted Nov 1861 to 5th Sgt. Reduced 12 Feb 1862 to Private. Promoted 31 May 1862 back to Sgt.  Admitted 18 Aug 1862 to the General Hospital. Reduced 17 Oct 1862 to Private. Reenlisted 1 Jan 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

HARRELL, Marshall - Private, Co. E, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Probably the son of Jethro & Miranda Harrell of Gates Co., NC. Enlisted 1 Dec 1863 at age 20 from Gates Co., NC. Killed at the Battle of Plymouth.

HIGLEY, Lewis S. - Private, Co. F, 85th NY Infantry. Born 31 July 1839 in Hebron, Potter Co., PA, son of Daniel Roswell & Polly Green (Widger) Higley. Enlisted 1 Sept 61 at Hebron, NY at age 22. Mustered in 28 Sept 61. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Grave 970. Headstone

HILPOLD, John - Private, Co. G, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted 27 Nov 1863 at age 38, a Tailor from Springfield, Hampden Co., MA. Mustered in 7 Dec 1863. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

HODGES, Horace Isaac - Captain. Assistant Quartermaster of U.S. Volunteers. Born 12 June 1818 in Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, son of Isaac & Margaret (Luther) Hodges. Married 20 Sept 1844 to Sarah Mather Hutchins. Served as a Lawyer in Hampshire Co., MA. Enrolled 2 Nov 62. Assigned 1 April 64 to Gen. Wessell's staff as Depot Quartermaster. Accidentally drowned 19 April 1864 in the Roanoke River by the upsetting of a canoe. After the war, when his coffin was opened in preparation fpr re-interment at New Bern National Cemetery, the body was identified simply as "Capt. Hodges." The workers did not believe that this was his true identity since he was not buried in a military uniform. Because of this, he is not properly identified on his headstone in Section 15, Grave 2613. It simply reads, "Hodges." There is also a possible Memorial Stone at Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA.

HOYT, Wilber M. - No. 1 Gunner. 24th NY Independent Battery. Enlisted 29 Aug 62 at Mount Morris, Livingston Co., NY at age 22. Mustered in 30 Aug 62 as a Private. Wounded 18 April 64 by a premature discharge while loading a shell in defense of Fort Williams at Plymouth, NC. One arm was shot off, the other arm shattered and his face & body were burned. Captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth. Died 23 April 1864 due to his wounds at Plymouth, NC. Buried initially at Plymouth, NC. Removed to New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Plot # 972. Also have death dates of 26 April & 2 May 1864. Headstone

HUGHES, John - Private, Co. A, 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Mustered in 2 Feb 64. Missing in action 17 April 64 at Plymouth, NC.

INSCO, Martin David - Corporal, Co. G, 85th NY Infantry. Born 16 June 1840 in Starkey,  Yates Co., NY, son of Elisha & Margaret (Kenney) Insco. Enlisted at Penn Yan, NY, a 21 year old Farmer. Mustered in 22 Nov 61 as Private. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 64. Promoted 6 Jan 64 to Corporal. Captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 21 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Grave 931. Headstone Also listed as ENSCO.

JOHNSON, Thomas - Private, Co. E, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Enlisted 1 Dec 1863 at age 43 from Bertie Co., NC. Killed at the Battle of Plymouth or was captured and died in Rebel hands.

JOHNSON, William G. - Sergeant, Co. H, 103d PA Infantry. Born in Clarion Co., PA, son of Mary A. Johnson. Mustered 22 Feb 1862 as Private. Promoted 14 Jan 1863 to Corporal “for good behavior at (Battle of) Kinston”.  Promoted May 1863 to Sgt.  Re-enlisted 27 Feb 1864. Listed as age 21,  blue eyes,  black hair,  5’7”, Farmer.  Killed during the Battle of Plymouth, NC. On 25 April 1887, mother Mary applied for pension #353335/254066.

KENT, Enock K. - Private, Co. I. 85th NY Infantry. Died 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Also died 31 July 1864 at Andersonville, GA.

LOGAN, Samuel - Corporal, Co. E, 103d PA Infantry. Born in Butler Co., PA. Enrolled at age 20. Mustered 7 Dec 1861.  Promoted Jan 1863 to Sgt. Re-enlisted 2  Feb 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Listed as age 23, grey eyes, black hair, 5’8¾", Carpenter.  Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. May 1, 1884 National Tribune: comrade stated Apr. 20 CSA captured 85th NY Inf. Redoubt; turned its swivel gun on Ft. Williams, to the east, killing Logan.

MEADE, George F. H.- Private, 24th NY Independent Battery. Enlisted 17 Dec 1863 at Leicester, Livingston Co., NY, at age 18. Mustered in 5 Jan 1864. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Also listed as George M. or N. Mead.

McALLISTER, William - Private, Co. E. Born in County Antrim, Ireland. Brother of Hugh. Enrolled 1 Sept 61 at age 21, a Miner from Allegheny Co., PA. Mustered in 5 Nov 61. Wounded 31 May 62 at Fair Oaks, VA. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 64. Wounded & captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 4 May 1864 due to wounds at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Plot 7, Grave 1273. Headstone | Bob McAllister

McDANIEL, William - Private, Co. E, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Enlisted 28 Nov 1863 at age 40 from Bertie Co., NC. Killed at the Battle of Plymouth.

MILLS, Lauren C. - Corporal, Co. E, 16th CT Infantry. Enlisted 23 July 62 from Canton, CT. Mustered in 24 Aug 62. Wounded & captured 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 27 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Section 13. Grave 2227.

MIZELL, Charney Gillam - Private, Co. E, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Enlisted 1 Jan 64 at age 18 from Bertie Co., NC. Killed at the Battle of Plymouth.

MORTIMER, Benjamin R. - Corporal, Co. F, 103d PA Infantry. Married to Sarah. Enrolled 31 Oct 1861 at Rimersburg, Clarion Co., PA. Mustered 7 Dec 1861. Mortally wounded 20 April 64 in the abdomen at Plymouth, NC during sortie into town from Fort Williams. Carried back into the fort. After the battle, Chaplain Amos Billingsley, 101st PA, was allowed to visit the wounded at the Water Street hospital. He gave last rites and left him. On 22 Dec 1865, widow Sarah applied for pension #118045/111784 and then on 26 April 1872 a minor pension was applied for #203139/158561.

MURPHY, John E. - Corporal, Co. I, 101st PA Infantry. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, son of Margaret Murphy. Enrolled 12 Sept 1861 at age 19 from Pittsburgh, PA. Mustered in 15 Oct 1861 as Private. Promoted 10 Aug 1862 to Corporal. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

PARKER, Isaac - Private, Co. B, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Married 3 Jan 1855 to Mary Ann Copeland. Enrolled 10 Feb 1864 at age 36 from Northampton Co., NC. Killed 20 April 1864 with a musket ball through the head at Plymouth, NC.

PASCALL, Samuel - Landsman, U.S.S. Ceres - Mulatto - Born in Baltimore, MD. Enlisted 25 Jan 1864 in Baltimore, MD; a 34 year old Cook & Waiter. Killed 17 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

PLANTS, Theodore J. - Private, Co. C, 101st PA Infantry. Born about 1838 in PA, son of Leonard & Margaret Plants. Married 8 Oct 61 to Francis A. Roe. Enrolled 6 Sept 1861 at age 23, a Farmer from Big Beaver Twp, Lawrence Co., PA. Mustered in 6 Nov 1861. Detailed 18 Aug until Dec 1862 with the Brigade Commissary. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

POPPLE, Barber G. - Private, Co. B, 85th NY Infantry. Enlisted 13 Sept 1861 at Springfield, NY at age 19. Mustered in 21 Sept 1861. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Grave 937. Headstone A 2nd NC soldier obviously took his name as he also has a death date of 11 June 1864 at Andersonville, GA. Grave 1830. Headstone

REDDICK, Anderson - Private, 37th USCT. Killed during the Battle of Plymouth.

ROSE, William - 1st Class Fireman, U.S.S. Ceres. Killed 17 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

RUFFIN, Peter - Private, 37th USCT. Killed during the Battle of Plymouth, NC.

RYAN, Patrick - Private, Co. H, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Born 1845 in Carbonear, Canada, son of Daniel & Mary (Usher) Ryan. Enlisted 12 Nov 63 at age 18, a Shoemaker from Haverhill, Essex Co., MA. Mustered in 7 Dec 63. Shot in the upper left arm on 20 April 64 at Plymouth, NC. Operated on by Surgeon C. H. Ladd, 56th NC. Died 26 April 1864 during the operation at Plymouth, NC. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, NC. Plot 1687. Headstone

SHELDON, James L. - Corporal, Co. K, 85th NY Infantry. Enlisted 17 Sept 1861 at Cuba, NY at age 23. Mustered in 25 Oct 1861 as a Private. Promoted to Corporal on 1 Jan 1862. Killed 18 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

SHERIDAN, Richard W. - Private, Co. A, 12th NY Cavalry. Enlisted & mustered in 19 Jan 1864 at age 31 from New York, NY. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. Also have the same soldier listed as dying early 1864 as a POW at Florence, SC and buried as an unknown in the Florence National Cemetery. This may have been a 2nd NC Union soldier using Richard's name.

SMITH, James - Private, Co. G, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. No. 1 Gunner. A half-breed Indian from Webster, MA. Credited with saving Sgt. Benjamin Baxter's life at Fort Williams, Plymouth, NC on the morning of 20 April 64. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC. "Smith was tore to pieces by a shell exploding in the mouth of his gun". James does not appear on the original roster but his story was told by George O. Brown of Co. G.

SMITH, Myron J. - Wagoner, Co. F, 85th NY Infantry. Enrolled 1 Sept 1861 at Olean, NY at age 26. Mustered 10 Sept 1861. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

SMITH, Rufus - Private, Co. H, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted 1 Dec 1863 at age 18, a Shoemaker from Haverhill, Essex Co., MA. Mustered in 7 Dec 1863. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

SMITH, Seymour A. - Private, Co. B, 85th NY Infantry. Enrolled 28 Sept 1861 at Bristol, NY at age 18. Mustered 7 Oct 1861 into Co. K as a Wagoner. Transferred 1 Jan 1862 to Co. B. Promoted to Private. Re-enlisted 1 Jan 1864. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

SPRUILL, Mr. - 2nd Lieut. Bernard F. Blakeslee, 16th CT, boarded with this man while at Plymouth. After the fall of Plymouth, "Mr. Spruell, 'a secessionist' objected to the plundering of a trunk which he had packed and was killed with the butt end of a musket by a Confederate."

STEELE, William - Private, Co. F, 16th CT Infantry. Residence, Hartford, CT. Enrolled 12 Aug 1862. Mustered 24 Aug 1862. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

THAYER, Charles P. - Sergeant, Co. H, 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted 30 Oct 1863 as a Private at age 26, a Shoemaker from Randolph, Norfolk Co., MA. Mustered in 7 Dec 1863. Killed 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC.

TODD, Samuel J. - Private, Co. B, 2nd NC Union Volunteers. Enlisted 23 Oct 1863 at age 40 from Bertie Co., NC. Died or possibly killed at the Battle of Plymouth during April 1864.

WASHINGTON, Amanda (Speller) - Wife of Private George Washington of the 24th NY Independent Battery and serving as a colored cook. They were married at Plymouth during June 1863. She was killed during the Battle of Plymouth. George was captured, but escaped three days later.

WETTER, Henry - Private, Co., A, 3rd PA Heavy Artillery. Mustered in 15 Dec 62. Missing in action 17 April 64 at Plymouth, NC.