Kinston Hangings

Murder of Union soldiers in North Carolina. Letter from the secretary of war, in answer to a resolution of the House of representatives, of April 16, transmitting the report of Judge Advocate General Holt, relative to the murder of certain Union soldiers belonging to the 1st and 2d North Carolina loyal infantry (1866)

Decimation of Company F, 2nd North Carolina Union Volunteers

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NARA M401. Compiled military service records of volunteer Union soldiers belonging to units organized for service from the State of North Carolina.

Joseph L Haskett
David Jones
Amos Amyett
Wm. Z Irving
Mitchel Busick
Lewis Bryan
John l Stanley
John J Brock
Wm. Haddock
Jesse Summerlin
A I Brittain
Wm. (W.D.) Jones
Lewis Freeman
Calvin Huffman
Stephen Jones
Joseph Brock
Lewis Taylor
Charles Cuthrell
W.H. Dougherty
John Freeman
William Hill
Elijah Kellum

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Categories: 2nd NCUV Company F, Beech Grove, General George Pickett, General Robert Frederick Hoke, Kinston Hangings, NC Southern Unionists, NC Union Volunteers

Author:North Carolina Union Volunteers

They have been forgotten, those white Southerners who fought on the Union side. They are the unknown soldiers of the Civil War. In the vast and growing literature of that conflict they remain practically unmentioned. There are historic reasons why this has been so, but it has not been because the men are historically unimportant or undeserving of remembrance. Not at all. They made a difference in the outcome of the war: without them, it would not have ended when and as it did. - Lincoln’s Loyalists

In the hour of their country’s peril, they were loyal and true.

Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops from the South to preserve the Union, every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at least a battalion of white troops for the Union Army.

4 Comments on “Kinston Hangings”

  1. focusoninfinity
    April 3, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    There were also 23 Confederate deserters executed in Lenoir County, N.C., between April 5th and 22nd, 1864. Where are their graves? They are:

    Hasket, Joseph
    Jones, David
    Armyette, Amos
    Bryan, Lewis (might be from prominent Halifax Co. family?)
    Busick, Mitchel
    Irving, William
    Stanly, John
    Brittain, A.
    Brock, John
    Brock, Joseph
    Cuthrell, Charles
    Daughtry, W.
    Freeman, John
    Freemn, Lewis
    Haddock, William
    Huffman, Calvin
    Jones, Stephen
    Jones, William
    Summerlin, Jesse
    Taylor, Lewis
    Hill, William
    Kellum, Elijah

    A Kinston, N.C., newspaper might have carried a story on he executions?Sixteen were executed April 22nd, five April 12th, and two on April 5th.

    Many Confederate records initially list a soldier as a “deserter”, but later they may be recorded as in another unit, in service with their original unit, in a Confederate hospital, or captured. I have seven Confederate soldier ancestors; the father of one may ave served as a civilian pilot into New Orleans or Biloxi? (LtCol, pre-Civil War Holmes Co., Miss., militia) Robert Wm. James was born Wilmington, N.C., 1811, and died Biloxi 1882. In the Mexican War he was the civilian master of the army transport “Gen. Hamer” out of New Orleans. Wilmington he wed Ann Maria Ambrose (namesake of Ann Maria Ward of Onslow Co) who died Pass Christian. New Orleans he wed Jane Ann Nixon who had Biloxi harbormaster, Capt. Harry Copp James (Pvt., New Orleans Zouave Fire Brigade Militia) who New Year’s Day, 1914, brought the light cruiser USS Chester into Ship Island with President Wilson board. Wilson’s father was a Wilmington Presbyterian minister.

    • April 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      Joseph Haskett is buried in Cedar Grove, New Bern

      Joseph Brock and Jesse Summerlin are buried beside each other in Hughes Cemetery, Dublin County

      Daughtry is buried in Jones County, his family request a tombstone from the government.

      I am sure several others are probably still resting at the foot of the gallows in Kinston. Most likely a parking lot located near the courthouse.

  2. focusoninfinity
    April 4, 2011 at 1:23 am #

    Thanks. After I posted that, via these blogs I found much more information. Were all these men Union sympathizers forced into Confederate service, then went over to the Union?

  3. April 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Alot of these men were part of the Partisan Rangers. It looks to me like they wanted to stay in the local area and when their units were consolidated with regular Confederate troops they deserted. The Union Army gave them the opportunity to stay in the local area without the threat of leaving the state.

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