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American Civil War Soldiers Record about W T Weathington Name: W T Weathington Residence: Greene County, North Carolina Occupation: Farmer Enlistment Date: 12 May 1862 Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Side Served: Confederacy State Served: North Carolina Unit Numbers: 128 Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 12 May 1862. Enlisted in Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 12 May 1862. Hospitalized on 09 March 1865 at Greensboro, NC. Hospitalized on 20 May 1865 (Gunshot wound). Took Oath of Allegiance on 07 June 1865. Released on 07 June 1865 Paraphrased from 1906 Kinston Industrial Magazine: William Thomas Worthington (listed as W.T. Weathington, W.T. Witherington) enlisted in the Confederate Army in Greenville in Pitt County on May 12, 1962. at age 18. His branch of service was NC Troops. He was in the 17th Regiment, Company G (or K), and was a courier in Eastern NC. Later, he and his regiment joined Robert E. Lee's army in Virginia. General Lee once approached him while he was on picket duty. He recalled that "a kinder, more polite, more considerate man" he had never met. He stated that one of the hardest battles in which he fought was the Battle of Cold Harbor where 13,000 Yankees were killed in twenty minutes. Another was at Petersburg, July 30, 1864, when Grant mined and blew up the fortifications protecting the city. The Yankees got in, but they got out in a hurry. He was once on the skirmish line in one of the Virginia campaigns in which it was his duty to run the Yankee pickets out of the dugouts and take possession of same. He remembered that for the most part the attempt was a failure. He did manage to run out a Yankee, who in his haste to depart left behind his knapsack. Since he was very much in need of the things the fleeing Yankee left behind, he decided to take the time to exchange the items in his knapsack for those left behind by the departing solider. He believed that an even swap was not the same as robbery. By the time the exchange was made, the Yankees were pouring shots over the abandoned dugouts. He did manage though to get out in safety and flee to a nearby woods. The hardest fight was at Wise Forks near Kinston where he was shot in the knee and taken to the hospital on March 9, 1865 (he said Salisbury but records indicate Greensboro)*. He was admitted to an unspecified hospital on May 20, 1865. He was wounded 5 times. He took oath of allegiance on June 7, 1865. At the close of the Civil War, he returned to Greene Co., NC and remained there until 1896. He then continued his farming interests in Lenoir Co. He was an active Democrat. He was his party's candidate to represent Lenoir County in the General Assembly. He failed to be elected by only a few votes. “Uncle Tom”, as he was known, was married 1st to Penelope Kilpatrick and 2nd to Hannah Jane Lyons. Ref: FGR 0887, Personal Data Sheet for Josiah Turnage, printed 1/24/1996 by descendant, Ada (Worthington) Watson, Charlotte, NC. for the following excerpts and notes from Josiah Turnage's Bible, which is presently in possession of Bill Worthington, of Kinston, NC. (1996). Ada added "when my great grandfather William Thomas Worthington entered the Civil War, his name was spelled Wetherington. He apparently could not write and made his mark. When he signed the Oath of Allegiance at the end of the war, he signed it, W. T. Worthington". *”Uncle Tom’s” Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. was signed in Salisbury, so I tend to believe he was there as a patient, having been wounded.