John William Mercer

Contributed by: Diane Siniard

Additional information contributed by: Ada Dunn

John William Mercer, Private
Company I, 9th Regiment N.C.S.T. (1st Regiment N.C.Cavalry).
Born in Duplin County where he resided as a farmer and elisted at age 27, June 25, 1861 for the war.  
Wounded in action June 29, 1862,  
Discharged at Culpeper Court House, Va., June 8, 1863 by reason of  "a gunshot wound in right 
palm of hand and wrist resulting in anchylosis."  
Source:  North Carolina Troops: Volume II,  Page 85
John William Mercer returned home and raised a family of 6 children.

Name: John William Mercer ,   
Residence: Duplin County, North Carolina  
Occupation: Farmer  
Enlistment Date: 25 June 1861 
Side Served: Confederacy  
State Served: North Carolina  
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 25 June 1861 at the age of 27
Enlisted in Company I, 1st Cavalry Regiment North Carolina on 25 June 1861.
Wounded on 29 June 1862
Discharged because of wounds Company I, 1st Cavalry Regiment North Carolina on 
08 June 1863 in Culpeper, VA 

Source Citation: Side served: Confederacy; State served: North Carolina; Enlistment date: 
25 June 1861..

John W. Mercer (First_Last) 
Regiment Name 1 North Carolina Cavalry. (9 State Troops). 
Side Confederate  
Company  I  
Soldier's Rank_In  Private  
Soldier's Rank_Out  Private  
Alternate Name   
Film Number M230 roll 27 

1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry 

9th Regiment Volunteers-1st Cavalry was organized at Camp Beauregard, Ridgeway, North 
Carolina, in August, 1861. Its companies were from the counties of Ashe, Northampton,
 Mecklenburg, Watauga, Wayne, Warren, Cabarrus, Buncombe, Duplin, and Macon. Ordered 
to Virginia, the regiment was brigaded under Generals Hampton, L.S. Baker, James B. 
Gordon, and Barringer. It fought in many campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia, 
including the battles at Frayser's Farm, Malvern Hill , Fairfax Court House, Sharpsburg, 
Stuart's raid into Pennsylvania, Hampton's raid to Dumfries, Brandy Station, Aldie, Upperville ,
Carlisle, Gettysburg, Mine Run, The Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Reams' Station, Hampton's 
Cattle Raid, and Five Forks . The 1st Cavalry had 407 effectives at Gettysburg and 8 at 
Appomattox. The field officers were Colonels Lawrence S. Baker, W.H. Cheek, James B. 
Gordon, Robert Ransom, Jr., and Thomas Ruffin; Lieutenant Colonels Rufus Barringer and 
William H.H. Cowles; and Majors Thomas N. Crumpler, George S. Dewey, Marcus D.L. 
McLeod, and John H. Whitaker. 

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