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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 Notes 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.