37th United States Colored Troops - Recruits


(Originally the 3d Regiment NC Colored Infantry)

Involved in the Battle of Plymouth, NC

Men were being recruited for the USCTs in the area of Plymouth, NC before the Battle of Plymouth took place on April 17-20th, 1864. A complete list of the men who were involved in the battle is not known, but through research, the following list of men are assumed to have been present at the time of the battle. Soldiers that are confirmed as being at the battle will have information stating their involvement following their name. For additions or corrections to the following list, please contact Edward Boots

History of the 37th U.S. Colored Cavalry by Dyer

North Carolina USCT Homepage


ALLEN, Seneca - Captain, 85th NY Infantry, was detailed to command the black recruits after the Battle of Plymouth began. He was captured during the battle and was held prisoner at Macon & Savannah, GA; Charleston & Columbia, SC and Richmond, VA. He escaped from prison twice but was recaptured. Paroled on 26 March 1865.

ASKIE, Bryant - Private, Co. C. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Married to Sarah. Possibly died in Liberia or Africa.

ASKIE, Charles - Private, Co. C. Born about 1846 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC.

ASKIE, George - Private, Co. C. Born about 1824 in Bertie Co., NC. Married 15 Dec 1843 to Nancy Askie (Agreement to co-habitate as Husband & Wife since no formal ceremony since they were Slaves). Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Mustered in 30 Jan 64. Accidentally drowned 4 Jan 1866 near Fort Sumter, Charleston, SC. They were loading timber on a boat at Fort Sumter to take to Castle Pinkney. The rough water caused the load to shift, knocking him overboard. Nancy later moved to Liberia, West Africa.

ASKIE, Henry - Private, Co. C. Born about 1839 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC.

ASKIE, Isaac - Private, Co. C. Born about 1829 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Survived the war. Married Alcie. Died 23 Dec 1904. Buried in New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC. Headstone

ASKIE, Jackson B. (Also known as Bryant Jones) - Private, Co. C. Born about 1844 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Widow, Emma Jones moved to Arkansas.

ASKIE, James - Private, Co. C. Born about 1839 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Deserted 20 July 64 at Point of Rocks Hospital, VA.

ASKIE, Lawrence - Private, Co. C. Born about 1834 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Also served in Co. C, 3rd NC Colored Infantry. Married to Sylvia who moved to Arkansas.

ASKIE, Murphree - Private, Co. C. Born about 1844 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 7 Oct 1865 at Wilmington, NC.

ASKIE, Steven - Private, Co. C. Born about 1824 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC.

ASKIE, Thomas - Private, Co. C. Born about 1844 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC.

BARNES, John - Private, Co. C. Enrolled 10 Dec 63 at Plymouth, NC.

BRITTON, Jerry - Private, Co. E. Born about 1837 in Bertie Co., NC. Enrolled 1 March 64 at Roanoke Island, NC. Died 2 March 1898 and buried in Elizabeth City, NC.

BUNCH, John - Private, Co. C. Enrolled 16 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Living in 1890 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC.

BURDIN, BERDAN, BERDEN or BURDEN, John - Private, Co. F. Enrolled 19 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC. Escaped during the Battle of Plymouth. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

BURDIN, BERDAN, BERDEN or BURDEN, George - Private, Co. D. Enrolled 6 Jan 64 at Plymouth, NC from Bertie Co., NC. Assisted Captain Marvin with recruiting. Captured at Plymouth, NC. Returned to slavery after his capture. Escaped. Rejoined the regiment in August 65.

BURDIN, BERDAN, BERDEN or BURDEN, George A. - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 24 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

CHERRY, Alexander - Corporal, Co. C. Enlisted 6 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 12 Feb 1865.

CHERRY, Austin - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 16 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

CHERRY, Dorsey - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 16 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Discharged 27 Feb 1867. Died before 1890. Widow Amy living in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC.

CHERRY, Freeman - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 25 Dec `63 at Plymouth, NC. Died 22 Sept 1865 at Wilmington, NC. Widow Isabella living in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

CHERRY, George - Corporal, Co. B. Enlisted 30 Dec `63 at Plymouth, NC. Promoted to Corporal 1 Feb `64. Reduced to the ranks 1 Aug `64. Discharged 27 Feb 1867. Living in 1890 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC.

CHERRY, Noah - Private, Co. D. Enlisted 24 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Right thumb shot off. Discharged 17 Feb 1867. Living in 1890 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC.

COOPER, Amos - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 15 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC.

COOPER, Miles - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 15 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC.

COOPER,  Rhoden - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 16 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC. Deserted.

COWAN, Senna - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 6 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

EDWARDS, Jordan - Private, Co. F. Mustered in 30 March `64 at Plymouth, NC. Missing In Action after the battle of Plymouth. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

ETHERIDGE, Wright - Drummer.

EVANS, Webb - Private, Co. D. Enlisted 27 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 5 Oct 1865.

FANNING or FAMING, Frank - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 8 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

FLOOD, Wellington - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 12 Jan `64. Mustered out 1867.

FREEMAN, Miles - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 22 Dec `63 at Plymouth, NC. Accidentally killed 27 March 1865 at Wilmington, NC.

HARMAN or HARMON, Henry - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 30 Dec `63 at Plymouth, NC.

HOGGARD, John - Private, Co. D. Enlisted 24 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Living in 1890 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC. Discharged 17 Feb 1867.

HORN, Henry - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 16 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 27 Sept 1865 of Typhoid Fever.

HYMAN, Andrew - Private, Co. D. Enlisted 30 Dec `63 at Plymouth, NC. Discharged 12 June `65. Living in 1890 in Windsor, Bertie Co., NC.

JONES, Abram - Private. Escaped capture at Plymouth, NC. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

JONES, Bryant (Also known as Jackson B. Askie) - Private, Co. C. Enlisted 6 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

JONES, George - Private. Mustered in 24 May 1864. Missing In Action after the battle. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

MARVIN, Hiram Leonard - Captain, Co. B. Recruiting officer, formerly a Sergeant Major in the 85th NY Infantry. Began recruiting for the 37th USCT on 7 Nov 1863 due to the death of Captain Daniel Foster. Captured at the Battle of Plymouth. Paroled 25 Feb 1865 from the prison at Goldsboro, NC. With impaired health, he resigned on 13 May 1865 and was discharged on 3 June 1865.

McNARY, Oliver R. - Major. Born 1 Feb 1823 in North Strabane Twp, Washington Co., PA, the son of John & Jean (Hill) McNary. Married 16 Sept 1846 to Elenor Grove. Recruiting officer and acting superintendent of Negro affairs at Plymouth, formerly the Quarter Master of the 103d PA Infantry. Captured at the Battle of Plymouth and was sent to Andersonville under the disguise of an enlisted soldier of the 103d PA. After three weeks his true identity was known and he was transferred to the officer's prison at Macon, GA. Died 20 April 1895 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

MILLER, David - Private, Co. D. Enlisted 1 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 19 May 1865.

MILLER, Jackson - Private, Co. F. Enlisted 14 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC. Escaped. Reported as being picked up by the U.S.S. Miami after three days in the swamps. Mustered out 11 Feb 1867. Living in Plymouth, NC in 1890.

MILLER, Madison - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 14 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC. Escaped during the Battle of Plymouth.

MILLER, Nelson - Commissary Sergeant, formerly Sergeant in Co. B. Enlisted 11 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Appointed Sergeant 1 Nov `64 and 1st Sergeant 1 July `65.

MILLER, Silas - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 11 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

NEWSOME, Thomas - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 17 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 25 Sept 1865 at the hospital in Wilmington, NC.

PERRY, Turner - Private, Co. A. Enlisted 16 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC.

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

ROULHAC, Lewis - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 8 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Discharged 1867. Living in Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

RUFFIN, Joseph - Private, Co. A. Used alias of Joseph Smallwood. Enlisted 22 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Left mortally wounded on the battle-field of Fort Harrison. Probably died from wounds. Widow Lucy living in Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

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

SIMONS, Arthur - Private, Co. A. Enlisted 16 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC.

SIMMONS or SIMONS, Daniel - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 23 Feb `64 at Roanoke Island, NC. Discharged.

SMIDDICK, William - Private, Co. F. Enlisted 24 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

SMITH, John J. - Corporal, Co. B. Enlisted 8 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Appointed Sergeant 1 Feb `64. Reduced in rank 29 Feb `64. Appointed Corporal 1 May `65.

SMITH, Turner - Corporal, Co. E. Enlisted 6 Feb 64 at Plymouth, NC. Mustered in 15 Feb 64. Promoted to Corporal 1 March 64. Received a shell wound to right thigh. Reduced to ranks 1 July 64. Discharged 15 Feb 65. Living in Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

SMITHWICK, David - Private, Co F. Missing In Action after the battle of Plymouth, NC. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats. Mustered in 24 May 1864.

SMITHWICK, William - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 24 Jan 64. Missing In Action after the battle of Plymouth, NC. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats. Mustered in 24 May 1864. Discharged 11 Feb 1867. Living in Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

STEVENSON, Edward - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 6 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

TAYLOR, Spencer - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 27 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Died 19 March 1864. Widow Margaret living in Powellsville, Bertie Co., NC in 1890.

THOMAS, Henry - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 6 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

TODD, Slade - Private, Co. B. Enlisted 16 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC.

TURNER, Francis - Private, Co. F. Enlisted 28 Feb `64 at Roanoke Island, NC.

TURNER, Moses - Private, Co. F. Enlisted 1 Jan `64 at Plymouth, NC. Mustered in 24 May `64. Missing In Action after the battle of Plymouth. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

WARD, John - Private, Co. F. Enrolled 11 Dec 63 at Plymouth, NC from Bertie Co., NC. Sustained a head wound and rib injury as he fled the battlefield but "played dead" and later escaped. Reported as being picked up by the U.S. Navy gunboats.

WATFORD, Alexander - Private, Co. F. Enlisted 22 Dec `63 at Hampton, VA. Died 12 July 1864 in the hospital.

WESTON or WESTERN, Henry - Private, Co. C. Enlisted 30 Dec `64 at Plymouth, NC.

WHITE, Bryant - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 23 Feb `64 at Roanoke Island, NC. Died 16 Oct 1865.

YEARLEY, Andrew - Private, Co. E. Enlisted 16 Feb `64 at Plymouth, NC. Sentenced 20 Nov `64 by General Court Martial to one year's confinement at Rip Raps, Hampton Roads, VA.