First Lieutenant Uriah Franklin Sherrill
Company A (the “Catawba Rifles”), 12th Regiment N.C. Troops (2nd Regiment N.C. Volunteers)
When the “Catawba Rifles,” subsequently Company A, 12th Regiment N.C. Troops (2nd Regiment N.C. Volunteers), elected officers on May 12, 1861, the men chose Uriah Franklin Sherrill as first lieutenant. Sherrill was a merchant but had previously been a schoolteacher; some of the men were former students.
After less than three months service, Sherrill died on September 3, 1861, of “fever contracted in camp at Norfolk.” He was among the first of more than six hundred Catawba County soldiers who died in Confederate service. A former pupil remembered Sherrill as a “splendid” teacher and man of “commanding appearance.”
Sherrill is buried at Catawba United Methodist Church Cemetery, Catawba, Catawba County.
Image: The Catawba Soldier in the Civil War.
“Civil War Death Study”; Hahn, The Catawba Soldier in the Civil War, 91-92; Manarin et. al., North Carolina Troops 5:119; service record files of Uriah F. Sherrill, 12th Regiment N.C. Troops, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from the State of North Carolina (M270), RG109, NA; http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Sherrill&GSfn=Uriah&GSmn=F&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=33453648&df=all&