Blevins, William Harrison

Photo:  37th NC Infantry battle flag37th NC inf

58th NCT flag
58th NC Infantry battle flag

Age at Enlistment: 22

Length of Service: 1862-1865

State:  North Carolina

Rank:  Cpl / Sgt

Unit:    37th NC Infantry Regiment; 58th NC Infantry Regiment

Service Record:  Enlisted in Co. A in May 1862 in 37th NC Inf; transferred on 14 Feb 1863 to Co. L 58th NC Inf; became POW at Resaca, GA on 14 May 1864 and sent to military prison Louisville, KY then on to Camp Morton, Indianapolis, IN; released 18 May 1865

Survived War:  Yes

Cemetery / Burial:  Davis Cemetery, Chilhowie, Smythe Co., VA; civilian headstone with inscription: “A friend to his country And a believer in Christ”

Soldier Info:   Born in Ashe Co., NC in 1840; Died in Smythe Co., VA in 1923; Pension approved after the war in Apr 1913. The family describes him affectionately as “Chief of the Whitetop Indians”. Appointed U.S. Postmaster in Weasel, NC after the war.

Relationship to Author:  1st cousin 5x