22nd Infantry

Private William T. R. Abernathy

Company A (the “Caldwell Rough and Ready Boys”), 22nd Regiment N.C. Troops (12th Regiment N.C. Volunteers)

William T. R. Abernathy (born ca. 1839) lived in the John’s River District of Caldwell County, and enlisted at Lenoir on April 30, 1861, in that county’s first company, the “Caldwell Rough and Ready Boys,” subsequently Company A, 22nd Regiment N.C. Troops.

Abernathy was present during the summer of 1861 and in November was reported on extra duty as a hospital nurse. He was killed in action at the Battle of Frayser’s Farm, Virginia, June 30, 1862. In that fight the 22nd North Carolina suffered nearly seventy casualties, including twenty-six men killed or mortally wounded in action.

On April 30, 1863, Abernathy’s mother filed a claim with the Confederate government for her son’s back pay and bounty. There is no evidence the claim was ever settled.

Image: N.C. Museum of History.

Source Note:
Manarin et. al., North Carolina Troops 24:521; Mast, “North Carolina Casualties”; service record files of William T. R. Abernathy, 22nd Regiment N.C. Troops, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from the State of North Carolina (M270), RG109, NA.