11 October 1861: “To night John Gibson came to me to talk about the salvation of his soul and enquire what he must do to be saved”

Item description: Diary entry, 11 October 1861, from Benjamin Franklin White.

About Benjamin Franklin White:

Enlistment:
- Residing in Alamance County, NC at time of enlistment
- 31 years of age at time of enlistment
- Enlisted on May 24 1861 at Mecklenburg County, NC as Second Lieutenant

Mustering information:
- Enlisted into F Company, 6th Infantry (North Carolina) on May 24 1861

Promotions:
- Promoted to First Lieutenant (Full, Vol) on Nov 22 1861
- Promoted to Captain (Full, Vol) on Jul 15 1862

Listed as:
- Wounded on Aug 29 1862 at 2nd Manassas, VA
- Wounded on Jul 1 1863 at Gettysburg, PA (Wounded in shoulder and leg)
- Confined on Jul 15 1863 at Johnson’s Island, OH (Estimated day)
- POW on Nov 7 1863 at Rappahannock Station, VA
- Oath of Allegiance on Jun 13 1865

Sources for the above information:
- North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, (1993)

Item citation: From the Benjamin F. White Diary, #3782-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Friday Oct 11th 1861

Day fair and pleasant Batallion exercise morning & evening by Lieut Col. Leightfoot

Turner engineer from N.C. arrived in camp bringing intelligence of the capture of a vessel near Hatteras also 2000 stand of arms blankets shooes etc  Last night rockets were thrown up by some party on the river and a number of guns fired

To night John Gibson came to me to talk about the salvation of his soul and enquire what he must do to be saved

 

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