Confederate Grave Yard found in Campbell County

Two women’s efforts lead to discovery of burial ground
Submitted by Trulene H. Nash
Reprinted with permission from "The Campbell Countian
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For some forgotten soldiers in Campbell County, it took the chance meeting of two women to uncover a treasure trove of history.

Alice Coker knew the cemetery was there and that Bob Delay and several others kept it in excellent shape until the 1960s. Coker used to visit the cemetery and always wondered why there were so many sunken graves and who was buried in them. Bob Delay told her he had heard that there was a Civil War encampment at the foot of Pine Mountain near a big spring and that many of the soldiers had sickened and died.  

Coker says, “I always thought I’d find time to do some research but I never did.” 

Some 40 years later the second piece of the puzzle dropped into her lap. In December 2002 a woman by the name of Leda Cornett from North Carolina walked into the Campbell County Historical Museum and said she believed that her grandfather was buried in Delap Cemetery. Sara Chaniott was on duty that day and was one of the few people who knew about the old neglected cemetery. Sara called Alice and Alice said “Please send the lady to my house as soon as possible.” 

From the visitor Coker learned that records showed members of the 58th Regiment of the Confederate Army of North Carolina [1] were buried at Delap. From these bits of information an image began to swirl into focus. 

“The winter of 1862-1863 at Delay was a very harsh winter,” Coker found after doing more research. “Over 1000 men came from Cumberland Gap, where two Tennesseans had joined the troops [2] . (The regiment was formed at Camp Martin in Mitchell County, NC.). The regiment was assigned to guard Big Creek Gap. [3]  

Records show that a total of 50 men died while camped in the Jacksboro area. 

Recently, county prisoners, under the supervision of Environmental Officer Glennis Monday, began the slow arduous process of clearing the ground. Eighty loads of brush have been removed from the cemetery. The needs for preserving this cemetery, however, are still many: including chemicals to kill the roots of plants that have been cut down, road work, fill dirt, and a fence with a strong gate. Bob Andreas, County Veterans’ Service Officer, made arrangements for the fifty military headstones which have already been delivered. 

This Memorial Day these once “lost” soldiers can rest in peace. Although they were never completely forgotten, their remains will soon be marked with tombstones after more than 140 years. Now, their families have a place to come and honor their ancestors thanks to two determined women who never forgot.

A fund has been set up at Peoples Nation Bank, Civil War- Delay, 2300 Jacksboro Pike, P.O. Box 1221, Lafollette, TN 37766.  


Delap Cemetery Dedication An Emotional Event

by Trulene H. Nash

     As the strains of "Dixie" sung by lovers of the south and its heritage wafted gently through the hollows surrounding the Delap Cemetery tears flowed and goose bumps abounded.
     Local musicians played songs from the Civil War period as well as "Amazing Grace" adding a solemn feel to the gathering.  A favorite song of Southerners during the Civil War was "When Johnny comes Marching Home".  Sadly for the families of the men buried there, their young fathers, sons, and brothers did not make it home.  Many of the descendants of those troops were in attendance and brought containers of native soil from their hometowns and symbolically sprinkled on the graves of their ancestors.  Men and women dressed in the uniforms and costumes of the time period placed flowers on each grave.
     The cemetery took on a local flavor as four volunteers from Campbell County received the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for their service.  Alice Coker was given a standing ovation from the crowd for her efforts in having the cemeter reclaimed and recognized .  Gerald Myers was recognized as the chairman of the cemetery committee of the Campbell County Historical Society, Trulene Nash was honored for her research into the identies of those buried in the cemetery.  Glennis Monday, the Campbell County Enviromental Officer, was honored for his work in the clean up of the property.
     Following the award ceremony, a 21 gun salute wsa given by a group of Civl War re-enactors.  Thier volleys were followed by shots from cannons provided by the 1st East Tennessee Artillery Battery.  With the tolling of a bell the name of each of the 119 soldiers was read aloud as many of their descendants stood in memory.
     Gasps could be heard through the crowd as the ceremony ended with the haunting sounds of "Taps" being played in the distance.
     The cemetery is easily located by following Ellison Road off of Highway 25W near Woodson's Mall.
     For the future we are planning to erect a fence, restore broken stones in the old section of the cemetery and purchase an adjoining piece of property to provide parking.  Your tax deductible contributions for upkeep and maintenance of the Cemetery will be greatly appreciated.   Send to Campbell County Historical Society, Delap Cemetery Fund, 235 East Central Ave. LaFollette, TN 37766. 


The following list details the Confederate soldiers who are believed to have died and are buried in Delay Cemetery, Campbell County, TN.

ALLISON, Alexander, Private (Company F), 58th Regiment
Enlisted on July 18 1862 in Mitchell County, NC. Born in McDowell County, NC, agee 22, 5'8".  Died at Jacksboro, TN on January 13, 1863.

ALLISON, Elisha, Private (Company F) 58th Regiment
Enlisted on July 18, 1862 in Mitchell Co. NC. Born in McDowell County, NC age 28, 6'2". Died at Jacksboro, TN on February 20, 1863

ALLMAN, James P, Private (Company D), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 20 on July 15, 1862 for the war. Reported absent without leave on February 28, 1863. Died on March 23, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

BAILEY, Charles, Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey Count and enlisted at age 19, January 21, 1862. Died prior to March 11, 1863.  Place, date and cause of death not reported. 

BAIRD, John H. Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on June 7, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN prior to March 2, 1863. Date and cause of death not reported.

BAIRD, William J. Sgt. (Company E), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Caldwell County on July 5, 1862 for the war.  Promotion record not recorded.  Died prior to January 13, 1863.  Place, date, and cause of death not reported.

BAKER, Newton A., Private (Company B), 58th Regment
Born in Yancey County and enlisted in Mitchell County at age 25, May 17, 1862. Mustered in as Private. Reported present in January-February 1863. Promoted to Corporal prior to March 1, 1863. Reduced in rank on an unspecified date. Died at Jacksboro, TN March 24, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

BALLARD, Leander, Private (Company F), 64th Regiment
Previously served as Private in Capt. Lawrence M. Allen's Idependent Cavalry. Enlisted in this company in Madison county on July 17, 1862 for the war.  Reported present or accounted for through February 28, 1863.  Died on March 5, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

BALLOW, Thomas H. (Company C), 58th Regiment
Enlisted on Juyl 12 1862 at Burnsville, Mitchell Co. NC. Died at Jacksboro TN on January 21, 1863.

BANKS, Goleman B., Cpl. (Company F), 64th Regiment.
Previously served as Private in Capt. Lawrence M. Allen's Independet Cavalry Company.  Enlisted in this company in Madison County on July 17, 1862, for the war.  Promoted to Corporal in November, 1862. Reported present or accounted for until he died on February 9, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported.  (His correct given name may be Golben). 

BLACK, Nathan, Private, (Company G), 64th Regiment
Resided in Buncombe County and was by occupation a farm laborer prior to enlisting in Madison county at age 25.  First reported on the rolls of this company in March-April 1863.  Died at Jacksborough, TN, March 1 or March 20, 1863 of "fever" (NC pension records indicate that he enlisted on December 23, 1862).

BROWN, Elisha, Private (Company H), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Caldwell county and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell county at age 26, May 23, 1862 for the war.  Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN on or about November 9, 1862 of disease.

BROWN, William L, Private (Company H),  58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County where he enlisted on August 5, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN March 18, 1863, of “brain fever”.

BUCHANAN, Waightsville or Waighstel, Private, (Company E), 58th Regiment
Resided in Yancy County. Born in 1833 died Marh 1, 1863.

BURLESON, Jason E., Private, (Company K), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County whee he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell county at age 26, June 25, 1862. Previously served as Private in Company E of this regiment. Transferred to this company on or about July 29, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, February 5, 1863. Cause of death not reported. 

CHANDLER, David A., 1st Lieutenant (Company A), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and resided in Yancey or Mitchell county where he was by occuapation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell county at age 28, June 10, 1862 for the war. Elected 1st Lt. of this company on July 29, 1862.  Reported absent sick in January-February 1863.  Died at Jacksboro, TN March 31, 1863 of "sickness".

CHAPMAN, Nathan, Private (Company A), 58th Regiment.
Resided in Mitchell or Burke county and enlisted in Mitchell County at age 21, July 16, 1862 for the wr.  Reported present in January-February 1863.  Died on March 29, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. .

COCHERN, Robert, Private (Company I), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County on September 15, 1862 for the war.  Mustered in as Sergeant. Reduced in rank prior to February 6, 1863.  Reported present or accounted for through February 28, 1863.  Died in hospital in Big Creek Gap, Tennessee, March 5, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

COFFEY, Elbert, Private (Company E), 58th Regiment. 
Born in Caldwell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at age 25, July 5 1862. Reported present in January – April 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, May 15, 1863 of disease.

COFFEY, Jesse F., Private (Company E), 58th Regiment
Born in Caldwell County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at the age of 20, July 25, 1862. Reported present in January–February 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, March 7, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

CONLEY, Jason, Captain (Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in Burke County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting at age 30. Elected Captain on Juy 14, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee on or about October 31, 1862.  Cause of death not reported.  Previously served as Lieutenant Colonel in the 102nd Regiment N.C. Militia.

CRAWFORD, James M, Private (Company C), 58th Regiment.
Born in Yancey County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County  on July 5, 1862.  Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 21, 1863 of disease.  Was 25 years of age at the time of his death.

CUTHBERTSON, David H. Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Born in Burke County and resided in Mitchell or Watauga County where he was by occupaton a farmer prior to enlisting at age 30, February 4, 1862.  Died on an unspecified date (probably subsequent to June 10, 1862 but prior to March 1, 1863).  Place and cause of death not reported.

DAVENPORT, Gibson B, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a blacksmith prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 19, August 5, 1862 for the war.  Died prior to March 1, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

DOTSON, George W, Private (Company I), 58th regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on July 15, 1862 for the war.  Never reported for duty.  Died on March 24, 1863.  Place and cause of death ot reported. 

EGGERS, Adam, Corporal (Company D), 58th Regiment
Born on July 23, 1831. Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 30, July 7, 1862. Promotion record not reported. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 2, 1863 of “fever”.

ESTES, General Correll, Privagte (Company E), 58th Regiment
Born in Caldwell County where he enlisted at age 19, July 5, 1862 for the war.  Reported present in January-February 1863.  Died on March 29, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

FLETCHER, James. Private (company H), 58th Regiment
Resided in Caldwell County and was by occupation a blacksmith's apprentice prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at age 23, May 10, 1862 for the war. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, Tennessee January 22, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

FORNEY, James A. Private (Company C), 5th Battalion/company H 65th Regiment
Born in Burke County and was by occupation a farmer when he enlisted in McDowell County at age 18, July 14, 1862 for the war. Present or accounted for until transferred to Company H, 65th Regiment NC August 3, 1863,  Killed in action near Jacksboro, Tennessee August 26, 1863. 

FORTNER, Silas, Private (Company C), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 30, July 15, 1862 for the war.  Reported absent on sick furlough on August 30, 1862.  Reported absent without leave on January 10, 1863.  Returned to duty prior to March 1, 1863.  Died at Jacksborough Tennessee March 7, 1863.  (According to Madison County Hertiage 2:192 he died of "measles").

FRANKLIN, Samuel D., Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Enlisted on December 30, 1861. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, prior to March 20, 1863. Date and cause of death not reported.

FREEMAN, James M, Private, (Company H), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County on July 22, 1862 for the war.  Reported at home on sick furlough with measles on November 25, 1862.  Returned to duty prior to March 1, 1863. Died at Jacksborough Tennessee April 6, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

FULKS, John, Private, (Company H), 64th Regiment
Enlisted at Evans Crossroads, Tennessee, August 23, 1862 for the war.  Reported present through December 31, 1862.  Died in hospital at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee, February 25, 1863,  Cause of death not reported. 

GARLAND, Hodge R., Private (Company B), 58th Regiment
Born in Burke County and resided in Mitchell or Yancey County where he was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at age 52, May 17, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 30, 1863. Cause of death not reported. (Body taken back to North Carolina). 

GILLISPEE, Francis M, Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Resided in Mitchell county and enlisted in Mitchell County at age 19, July 16, 1862 for the war.  Reported present in January-February 1863.  Died on April 1, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

GLENN, Dudley G., Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 21, June 27, 1862. Died in Tennessee in October, 1862 of “sickness”.

GOSS, John D. Sg. (Company D), 5th Battn, NC Cav.
Native Resident of Ashe county where he enlisted on July 8 1862, born November 7, 1834. Diied at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee on November 6, 1862. (Body taken back to North Carolina and buried in Ashe County Cemetery). 

GREEN, John C, 1st Lieutenant (Company B), 58 Regiment
Born in Burke County and resided in Mitchell or Yancey County where he was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at age 32.  Elected 1st Lieutenant on May 17, 1862.  Died at Jacksboro, Tennessee on or about January 28, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

GREEN, Larkin, Private (Company E), 58th Regiment
Previously served as Private in Company D of this regiment. Transferred to this company on or about July 29, 1862. Died at Cumberland Gap, TN or Big Creek Gap, TN on or about November 18, 1862. Cause of death not reported.

GREER, David, Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Wautauga County on July 7, 1862 for the war.  Reported present in January-February 1863.  Died on March 10, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported.

GREER, Moses, Private (Company L), 58th Regiment
Age 29. Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee

GREER, Solomon, Private (Company L), 58th Regiment
Age 30 Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee

GRIFFIN, Stephen R., Private (Company G), 58th Regiment
Born in Stanly County and resided in Caldwell County where he was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County on July 16, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN, April 1, 1863. Cause of death not reported. Was 25 years of age at the time of his death.

GRUBB, Phillip H., Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on November 7, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at “Jackson” (probably Jacksboro) TN, February 27, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

HANES, Marion M., Private (Company G) 58th Regiment
Resided in Wilkes County and enlisted at Camp Palmer at age 16, September 25, 1862, for the war.  Died on February 10, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported.

HARTLEY, Nathan, Private (Company E). 58th Regiment.
Resided in Caldwell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting at “Alexander” at age 28, July 5, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN on an unspecified date (probably in the autumn of 1862). Cause of death not reported.

HAYES, Jacob S., Private (Company D). 58th Regiment
Born in Watauga County where he enlisted on July 7, 1862. Died in Tennessee prior to February 4, 1863. Date and cause of death not reported.

HAYES, Jefferson M., Private (Company E) 58th Regiment
Born in Caldwell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at age 24, July 5, 1862, for the war.  Died on an unspecified date (probably the autumn of 1863).  Place and cause of death not reported. 

HEATH, Payton W, Private (Company B), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Henderson County at age 25, July 12, 1862 for the war.  Furloughed for thirty days on November 11, 1862, convalescent from measles.  Died in Tennessee on January 30, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

HICKS, Harmon, Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Born in Watauga County where he enlisted on June 27, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN prior to March 2, 1863. Date and cause of death not reported.

HORN, Hilliard, Private (Company B), 58th Regiment
Resided in Mitchell or Yancey County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at the age of 36. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Jacksboro, TN, March 11, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

HUNTER, John W., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Burke County and resided in Yancey County where he was by occupation a carpenter or farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 18, May 29, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 4, 1863 of “fever”.

HUTCHINS, James, Private (Company B) 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at age 17, May 17, 1862 for the war.  Died subsequent to September 30, 1862 but prior to February 2, 1863.  Place, date and cause of death not reported. 

JACKSON, Bill, Cook, 58th Regiment
Died (probably at or near Big Creek Gap, Tennessee) on October 25, 1862 of measles.

JANES, Losen M., Private (Company F). 58th Regiment
Enlisted at Cumberland Gap, TN, September 30, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, February 27, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

JEMERSON, John, Private (Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in McDowell County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in McDowell County at age 24, July 14, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, February 11, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

JERVIS, John V, Sergeant, (Company A/F), 64th Regiment
Born in Madison County and wasy by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Madison County at age 31, May 10, 1862 for the war.  Reported present and accounted for until transferred to Company F of this regiment on August 31, 1862.  Promoted to Sergeant prior to November 1, 1862.  Died on February 22, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

JOHNSON, Jacob, Sr., Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on June 27, 1862. Transferred to Company I of this regiment on or about July 24, 1862. Transferred back to this company prior to December 22, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN prior to March 11, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

JOHNSON, Madison, Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 44, June 27, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN prior to March 2, 1863. Date and cause of death not reported.

JOHNSTON, John B., Private (Company C) 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 27, July 15, 1862 for the war. Reported present through December 31, 1862.  Died on February 7, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

JONES, Drury T Com D 5th Battn. NC Cav
Native of Ashe County where he enlisted on July 8 1862 aged 32. Died December 14 1862 near Big Creek Gap Tennessee.

JONES, Larkin G., Private (Company M), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on September 26, 1862. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN, March 31, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

JONES, William H., Private, (Company D) 5th Battalion
Born in Ashe County where he resided as a farmer and enlisted at age 21 on July 8, 1862 for the war.  Died November 15, 1862 near Big Creek Gap, Tennessee.

JONES, William J., Musician (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Wilkes County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 32, May 29, 1862. Mustered in as Musician (Drummer). Appointed Musician (Fifer) on an unspecified date. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 14, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

LEWIS, Robert P., Private (Company G) 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 17, July 20, 1862 for the war.  Reported present through February 28, 1863.  Died at Jacksborough, Tennessee, April 8, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

LINDSAY, John H., Private, (Company E), 58th Regiment
Died April 18, 1863 at Big Creek Gap Tennessee of measles. (Contacted by his 2G-grandson Michael F. Gibbons, 414 Norwood Street SW, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645). 

MACE, Jonas, Private (Company A) 64th Regiment
Born in Madison County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Madison County at age 34 on May 10, 1862, for the war.  Reported present through February 28, 1863.  Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee, March 26, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

MARSHALL, John J. Private (Company K), 58th Regiment
Enlisted at Jonesborough, Tennessee, September 13, 1862 for the war.  Reported present through November 24, 1862. Died at Jacksborough, Tennessee, January 18, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

MASSEY, J.H., Private (Company F), 58th Regiment.
Enlisted at Cumberland Gap, TN, October 1, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Jacksboro, TN, March 17, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

McCOURY, George W., Private (Company G), 58th Regiment
Resided in Yancey County and enlisted on July 11, 1862 for the war. Died on February 7, 1863. Place and cause of death not reported. 

McINTOSH, William M., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Yancey County on July 12, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 5, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

McKINNEY, Thomas, Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Resided in Mitchell or McDowell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell county at age 28, July 16, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN in March 1863 of “fever”.

McVAY, William, Private (Company B), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and enlisted in Mitchell County at age 21, May 17, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN, March 24, 1863, of “measles”.

MICHAEL, John, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on August 5, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died in hospital at Jacksboro, TN, March 31, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

MILLER, David D., Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a “domestic” prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 18, July 15, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died in camp at Big Creek Gap, TN, March 7, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

MILLER, George M., Private (Company I) 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 27, on or about June 27, 1862 for the war.  Previously served as Private in Company D of this regiment.  Transferred to this company on or about August 5, 1862.  Died on January 8, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

MOODY, Robert, Private (Company E), 58th Regiment
Born in Caldwell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Caldwell County at aage 18, July 5, 1862 for the war. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died on March 1, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported.

NANEY, Jordan, Private (Company G) 58th Regiment
Born in Rutherford County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 18, July 12, 1862 for the war. Died on February 3, 1863. Place and cause of death not reported.

NICHOLS, William A., Private (Company F), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Yancey County on July 12, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Jacksboro, TN, March 15, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

NORRIS, John, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Resided in Watauga County and was by occupation a “domestic” prior to enlisting in Watauga County at age 18, July 15, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Jacksboro, TN, March 3, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

ODUM, Abraham, Private (Company B), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and resided in Mitchell or Yancey County where he was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at age 28, May 17, 1862 for the war. Died subsequent to September 30, 1862 but prior to March 26 1863.  Place, date, and cause of death not reported. 

ODUM, John, Private, (Company B) 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and resided in Mitchell or Yancey County where he was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Mitchell County at age 22 on May 17, 1862 for the war.  Died subsequent to September 30, 1862 but prior to March 26 1863.  Place, date, and cause of death not reported.

OWENSBY, Aaron Whitenton, Private (Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in McDowell County and was by occupation  a farmer prior to enlisting in McDowell County at age 26, July 14, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, January 6, 1863, of disease.

PARRIS, James, Private (Company B), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Henderson County at age 20 on July 12, 1862 for the war.  Furloughed for thirty days on November 8, 1862 convalescent from measles.  Died prior to March 1, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

PEEK, Alfred, 2nd Lieutenant, (Company C) 64th Regiment
Previously served as Private in Company H, 2nd Battalion N.C. Infantry. Appointed 3rd Lieutentant of this company on July 15, 1862. Reported present or accounted for through December 31, 1862. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on January 31, 1863. Died on or about March 7, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

PHILLIPS, John W., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 20, May 29, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, February 20, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

PHIPPS, Conarah D., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 27, May 29, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, January 2, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

POTTER, Levi, Private (Company D), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on Juy 7, 1862 for the war. Died at Jacksboro, Tennessee January 26, 1863. Cause of death not reported. (May have served previously as Private in company B, 37th Regiment N.C. Troops). 

PRESNELL, David., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County and enlisted in July 18, 1862 at 27 years old.  Died at Big Creek Gap December 1, 1862 of pneumonia and measles.  (Addition to original list submitted by Lowell Presnell, October 2004)

PROFFITT, Jesse, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County at age 19, July 15, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, March 29, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

PURKINS, James, Corporal (Company D), 5th Battalion
Born in Ashe county where he resided as a farmer and enlisted at age 21, July 8, 1862 for the war. Mustered in as Corporal. "Killed November 28, 1862 near Big Creek Gap, TN".

RADFORD, Madison, Private (Company F) 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 20 July 17, 1862, for the war.  Reported present or accounted for through February 28, 1863.  Died at Jacksborough, Tennessee March 26, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

RAY, Thomas C., 2nd Lieutenant (Company D) 5th Battalion
Born in Ashe County where he resided as a farmer and enlisted at age 29, Juyl 8, 1862 for the war.  Appointed 2nd Lieutenant to rank from date of enlistment "Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee, February 22, 1863."

REAVES, Giles, Private (Company D) 5th Battalion
Born in Ashe County where he resided as a farmer and enlisted at age 20, July 8, 1862 for the war.  Died March 9, 1863 at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee. 

RICE, Jesse, Private (Company F) 64th Regiment
Resided in Madison County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in Knoxville, Tennessee at age 39, September 20, 1862 for the war.  Reported absent on detached service on November 16, 1862.  Died January 1, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

RIDINGS, William P, Private (Company E), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Polk county on July 15, 1862 for the war. Reported present through October 31, 1862. Died on November 3, 1862. Place and cause of death not reported.

ROSE, Joel, Private (Company A, 58th NC Infantry & Company B of 5th NC Cavalry)
Enlisted in Company A on December 30, 1861 at the age of 18. He later transferred to Company B of the 5th NC Cavalry on June 27, 1862. Born 1843, died April 4, 1863.

ROTEN, John L, Private (Company D) 5th Battalion
Born in Ashe County where he resided as a farmer and enlisted at age 22, July 8, 1862 for the war. Died November 27, 1862 near Big Creek Gap, Tennessee.

SEATS, Robert E, Private (Company I) 58th Regiment
Resided in Ashe County and was by occupation a day laboreer prior to enlisting at age 25, on or about July 24, 1862 for the war. Died on an unspecified date (probably in the summer or autumn of 1862).  Place and cause of death not reported. 

SHEPHERD, Grandison, Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Born in Yancey County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Yancey County at age 35, June 16, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, November 20, 1862 of “measles”.

SMITH, James A., Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on August 5, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, March 19, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

SPARKS, John, Private (Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in Burke County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in McDowell County at age 29, July 14, 1862 for the war. Died prior to April 25, 1863. Place, date, and cause of death not reported. 

STEWARD, Joseph, Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Mitchell County on July 18, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Jacksboro, TN, March 31, 1863, of “fever”.

TAYLOR, James W., Corporal (Company D) 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 26, July 15, 1862 for the war.  Mustered in as a Private.  Promoted to Corporal on an unspecified date.  Died on November 16, 1862.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

THARP, Allen, Private (Company D), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County at age 27, July 15, 1862 for the war.  Died on February 2, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

TOWERY, Edward, Private. (Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in McDowell County and was by occupation a farmer prior to enlisting in McDowell County at age 32, July 14, 1862. Died in TN on November 15, 1862 of “measles”.

TREADWAY, William, Private (Company L), 58th Regiment
Resided in Ashe County where he enlisted on July 20, 1862. Reported present in January-February 1863. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, March 19, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

TRIVETT, Jesse, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on August 5, 1862 for the war. Died in February 1862. Place and cause of death not reported.

VANNOY, Neal C., Private, (Company D) 5th Battalion
Born in Wilkes County and was by occupation a farmer when he enlisted in Ashe County at age 24, July 8, 1862 for the war. Died December 4, 1862 near Big Creek Gap, Tennessee.

WALLEN, William L, Private (Company A) 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County on January 1, 1862 for the war as a substitute for Pvt. Marion H. Merrell of this company.  Reported present through February 28, 1863.  Died at Jacksborough, Tennessee, March 13, 1863. 

WARD, James M, Private (Company B), 64th Regiment
Born on March 16, 1843.  Enlisted in Henderson County at age 19, July 12, 1862 for the war. Died on December 14, 1862.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

WATSON, Alfred, Private (Company M), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on September 26, 1862. Died at Big Creek Gap, TN, February 19, 1863, of “brain fever”.

WATSON, John M., Private (Company I) 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Watauga County on August 2, 1862 for the war. Reported absent on expired furlough in January-February 1863.  Died in hospital in Jacksboro, Tennessee, March 28, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

WHITE, William, Private,(Company F), 58th Regiment
Born in McDowell county where he enlisted at age 34, July 14, 1862 for the war. Died on an unspecified date (probably in the summer or fall of 1862). Place and cause of death not reported.

WHITTENBURG, William E, Private (Company I), 64th Regiment
Enlisted in Madison County on September 27, 1862 for the war.  Mustered in as Muscian (Fifer).  Reduced to ranks in November 1862.  Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee February 1, 1863.  Cause of death not reported. 

WILSON, Edward M., Private (Company C), 58th Regiment
Enlisted in Yancey County on May 29, 1862. Died at Jacksboro, TN, February 7, 1863. Cause of death not reported.

WILSON, William, Private (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted on or about July 24, 1862 for the war. Previously served as Private in Company I of this regiment.  Transferred to this company on or about August 3, 1862.  Died on Februry 16, 1863.  Place and cause of death not reported. 

WISE, James N., Private (Company A), 58th Regiment
Resided in Mitchell or Burke County and was by occupation a farmer.  Place and date of enlistment not reported (probably enlisted between December 30, 1861 and July 1 1862).  Died prior to March 24, 1863.  Place, date and cause of death not reported.  (Was about 26 years of age at time of enlistment).

YELTON, John L, (Company I), 58th Regiment
Enlisted on June 16 1862 at Bakersville, NC. Born in Yancey County NC, age 26, farmer, 6'3".  Also served in Co. B, 6th NC Cav.  Where he enlisted August 1 1862 at Camp Stokes, Mitchell County NC.  Died at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee February 4 1863. 

Note from U.S. ThompsonRecently discovered intact was : James Thompson(jr), The Spanish American War,Co. M , 4th Unit. This was found when the grave yard was cleared in 2004

 

Additional Info from Reader on Delap Cemetery:

Dan Slagle writes: "Please keep in mind, and pass along, what I think is very important.  The stones there do NOT, do NOT mark the SPECIFIC LOCATION where the men were buried. There is no record of which men were actually buried in this cemetery. I feel sure some of them are there – and some of them are NOT.  What IS known (according to compiled service records) is that these men died SOMEWHERE in Campbell County, Tennessee. These headstones, and the cemetery itself, are a MEMORIAL to those that died. THE HEADSTONES DO NOT MARK THE ACTUAL BURIAL SPOT OF THE SOLDIERS"


[1] Webmaster note: The 58th Infantry Regiment was organized in Mitchell County, North Carolina, in July, 1862. Its twelve companies were recruited in the counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga, Caldwell, McDowell, and Ashe. In September it moved to Cumberland Gap and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Big Creek Gap, near Jacksboro, Tennessee. The 58th participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Atlanta, guarded prisoners at Columbia, Tennessee, during Hood's operations, then moved to South Carolina and skirmished along the Edisto River. Later it returned to North Carolina and saw action at Bentonville. (http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.htm)

[2] Webmaster note: The website, http://members.aol.com/jweaver301/nc/58ncinf.htm, using information record in a diary by a J.W. Dugger, notes that the 58th North Carolina remained in camp at Cumberland Gap until October 25, 1862. On that date the regiment marched 11 miles, 16 more on the 26th in the snow and finally camped in "a nice grove." On the 27th, Palmer's men marched five miles and pitched their tents at Big Creek Gap……. Part of the 58th was apparently detached just before Christmas 1862. J. W. Dugger noted that his company marched to Jacksborough on December 22 and remained there until January 16, when they returned to Big Creek Gap…… The 58th North Carolina finally left Big Creek Gap on March 29, with instructions to proceed to Clinton, in Anderson County, Tennessee. The regiment reached their new positions on the Clinch River on the 30th. An organizational table dated April 25, 1863, showed that Palmer's command was considerably reduced in size and was headquartered at Clinton, Anderson County, TN.

[3] Note: Big Creek Gap is now known as LaFollette, TN.

 


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