Luther Rice Carroll

This information is contributed by Jackie Purdy


Luther Rice Carroll
James Thomas Carroll
John Lemuel Carroll
Owen Judson Carroll

Newspaper article from the Raleigh Standard, July 10, 1861
       North Carolina Boys

“Our good old State is not yet understood by our neighbors.
We boast not of our chivalry, nor of our F. F. V’s, but we have got the bone and 
sinew, and the mind in our men, and the stuff in our soil to make our blessed old 
State, second to none of her sisters.”

“We yesterday gazed with astonishment at the tallest specimen of humanity that we 
have ever seen going at large.  He was 6 feet 11 inches in height, and otherwise well 
proportioned, though only 23 years of age, he looked as he could take a live YANKEE 
by the nape of the neck and shake the life out of him in no time at all.
He is the youngest of 3 brothers, all residents of Duplin county, North Carolina, and all
Equaling him in eight.  They have come to Norfolk to fight the Yankees, and if that race 
of bipeds will only give them a change no doubt these sons of Anak will make them 
hear thunder.
These men would, we think, compare favorably with those, which Caleb and Joshua 
saw in the land of  “Canaan.”

Note: this article was written before the 4th brother Owen Judson Carroll joined the CSA. 


Luther Rice Carroll was born 23 December 1838 in Magnolia, Duplin co., North Carolina.
He was the son of John Durham Carroll and Zilphia Chesnutt and the Grandson of Jesse 
Carroll, RS.

Luther Rice enlisted April 15, 1861, in the Duplin Rifles, which was the 43rd. North Carolina 
Regiment Confederate States of America, was commanded by Col. Thomas S. Kenan of 
After 6 months he was transferred to 3rd. North Carolina Regiment of the Cavalry, serving 
under Capt. A. D. Newkirk of Sampson County. He later transferred to co. “C” 2nd, North 
Carolina Regiment and served with Capt. Ashby and his scouts in the rear of Sherman’s 
He was discharged in April 1865.

He married Jemima Ann Carlton, daughter of John Lewis Carlton and Barsheba Mathews.
The settled on a plantation southwest of Turkey, where he was a farmer and a teacher.
He served as magistrate, and represented Sampson in the lower house in the legislature 
in 1870.
He was ordained on December 13, 1896, in the Warsaw Baptist Church.

The Rev. Luther Rice Carroll died November 13, 1905 and is buried in Ole Towne Cemetery, 
Warsaw along side his wife Jemima Ann Carlton Carroll.

Luther Rice Carroll had 3 brothers who also fought in the war.
James Thomas Carroll
John Lemuel Carroll 
Owen Judson Carroll

I have copies of his military record CSA.

Luther Rice Carroll was my Great Granduncle.

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