Contributed by: Diane Siniard
Name: William J Houston , Residence: Duplin County, North Carolina Occupation: Lawyer Enlistment Date: 16 May 1861 Side Served: Confederacy State Served: North Carolina Birth Date: 29 June 1863 Service Record: Enlisted as a Captain on 16 May 1861 at the age of 33 Commission in Company I, 1st Cavalry Regiment North Carolina on 16 May 1861. POW on 06 November 1862 Paroled on 09 November 1862 Absent on 30 November 1862 (For wounds. Estimated day) Killed Company I, 1st Cavalry Regiment North Carolina on 21 June 1863 in Upperville, VA Source Citation: Side served: Confederacy; State served: North Carolina; Enlistment date: 16 May 1861.. William J. Houston (First_Last) Regiment Name 1 North Carolina Cavalry Side Confederate Company I Soldier's Rank_In Captain Soldier's Rank_Out Captain Alternate Name Notes Film Number M230 roll 19 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.