1st North Carolina Cavalry Regiment
A.K.A. 9th North Carolina Regiment Volunteers-1st Cavalry
The Standard of Raleigh, Dec. 3, 1862
DEATH OF LIEUT.
-- We were pained a few days since to learn that LIEUTENANT JESSE W.
SILER, of Company K,
1st N. C. Calvary, was killed in a skirmish on the 7th
inst. He was gallantly leading a squad of his men on a position
of the enemy,
when he was shot and instantly killed. The County of Macon has lost one of its
most promising young
The Standard of Raleigh, Jan. 21, 1863
LIEUTENANT JESSE W. SILER, was born in Macon County, North
June 29, 1838, and died in the Battle at Gains' Cross Roads, November
in the 25th year of his age. He was born of a devoutly pious mother,
indulgent parents, and surrounded with all the means of ease
But when the Northern Government made the first attempt to force
upon the South
the most flagrant violations of the Constitution and crush out the rights of a free people,
and for that purpose called upon North Carolina for her quota of seventy-five
troops, young SILER was amongst the first to volunteer,
a member of the first company raised in his native county -- "The
Jeff Davis Guards." He remained at his post in this
Company (16th Regiment,
North Carolina Troops) through the memorable campaign in Western Virginia,
and until the reorganization of the Army, when he joined the Company
CAPT. THAD P. SILER (1st. N.C. Cavalry) and was elected Lieutenant.
LIEUTENANT SILER had been a student of both Emory and Henry College
and the University of North Carolina, and was a respectable scholar.
He was generous and liberal -- always ready to divide the last bisquit and
share the hardships and responsibilities of the camp with a fellow-soldier.
He was true to the South -- brave and unflinching in her defence, and while
skirmishing with the enemy at Gains' Cross
Roads and some distance in advance
of his squadron, he received the fatal shot. Seeing him fall, some of his men ran to
him, when he pointed significantly to the enemy, and without speaking,
died in a
Thus passed away a young man of fine
person, fine mind, generous impulses,
and in the early vigor of manhood -- a martyr to the cause of constitutional
-- the liberties bequeathed to us by our noble ancestors -- a cause
that has for its ultimate perpetuation of the franchises
of the ballot-box and
the priceless blessings of civil liberty. C.D.S.
North Carolina Standard
October 28, 1863
1st N.C. Cavalry
Casualties in the fight
You will confer a favor on this regiment and its friends
by publishing the following list of casualties since the 10th October, during the brilliant cavalry campaign of the past ten
Field and Staff
Wounded: Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin, supposed mortally
and captured, Major Rufus
Barringer, slightly in thigh.
Wounded: Pte. Hugh Turner, slightly
Lt. D.F. Armfield
Wounded: Pte. Milte Powell, severely
No listings for Companies C and D
Wounded: T. Persons, mortally, since died, J.H. Cunningham,
mortally, since died,
R.T. Edwards, severely in thigh
Missing: Jos. Burnett
Wounded: Corp. W. Bell, slightly in shoulder, Pte. N.F.
Buckwelder, severely in thigh
Killed: J.A. Springs
Wounded: V.T. King, foot,
John Carver, severely in foot
Wounded: Bugler Burkitt M. Privett, in face, W.H. Barley,
slightly, Martin Martin,
severely in foot
Missing: Thomas Hughes
Killed: Lt. W.G. Grady
Wounded: G.W. Miller,
severely in leg, P.(?) W. Megritt(?), severely in leg
Wounded: W.S. Tutheroe
Missing: S.R. Slagle
On the 19th, the N.C. Brigade [aiding Major General J.E.B. Stuart] made
the greatest charge on record; 1st N.C. in front. We charged the enemy in a sweeping gallop for seven miles, capturing more
than we had men in the fight with several wagons and two ambulances.
Your Obedient Servant
Lt. D.P. Mast
Acting Adjutant, 1st N.C.