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Hello Terrell,

You asked for submissions from anyone from the Confederate Junior Reserves....I shook my Family Tree and this fell out:

 


Confederate 1 Battalion Junior Reserve N.C.

J. Stewart

Pvt, Co A, Reserve Force, Junior Class, Age 17 years

Appears on Company Muster-in Roll of the organization named above.  Roll Dated Asheville, June 11, 1864,

Mustered in date June 11, 1864

 

Enrolled :

When April 30, 186

Where Asheville N.C.

By Whom H D L Millard

Period war

When born Mch 1847

Height 6 feet 1 inches.

Complexion Fair; hair Dark

Eyes Yellow; occupation Farmer

Where born Buncombe Co. N.C.

 

copyist W.M. Potter

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Comment by Kathi Bobb on October 11, 2011 at 9:53pm
I neglected to mention that John D.'s father Dillard was killed during the Civil War.
Comment by Kathi Bobb on October 11, 2011 at 9:50pm

Well, it seems that I owe you a donut as John D. Stewart is exactly who that is.  His middle name is Dillard, named after his father.  They did live in Buncombe Co NC.  John D.'s grandfather was Noah Stewart who is my gr gr gr gr grandfather who lived on Hominy Creek in North Carolina before he moved to Union County GA around 1842.  His son Dillard stayed in North Carolina.  I believe that John D. went to Virginia later in life.

Comment by terrell garren on October 11, 2011 at 8:52am

Kathi,

You have an interesting case here. Can you find out more about the rest of his name? If so I think we can add a little more to the story.

 

Since we know his enrolling officer was David Millard (The man for whom David Millard High School/Junior High in Asheville was named) that places him in Buncombe County. If you look him up in NC Troops (Volume XVII, page 382) you'll find him assigned to Company K, 3rd Regiment NC Junior Reserves. If you glance at the rest of the men in that company you'll notice that many of them were transferred from other battalions or regiments. Therefore I beleive that he was orignially in the 1st Battalion as your information states. There is no listing for a J. Stewart in the 1st Battalion but there is a John D. Stewart born March, 1847 (Volume XVII, page 126). I'll bet a dozen donuts that it is the same man.

 

He seems to have been present the entire time. That means that he saw some incredible things. He was probably there at the end of the war when Govenor Vance held the last review of troops in NC. He was probably there for the fighting against Sherman at Kinston. He was probably in the fight for the last defense of Fort Fisher. He was probably with or near Capt. Preston Lane when the boys were ordered to charge veteran Union Troops at Kinston. The record indicates he survived the war. He was fortunate.

 

Thank you.

Terrell Garren

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