Saturday, January 7, 2012

NC Patriots of ’61 – Corporal Charles Skinner Riggan

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North Carolina Patriots of ’61 – Corporal Charles Skinner Riggan, Warren County

The son of Jerry and Mary Johnson Riggan, Charles was born 27 October 1842 at Vaughan, North Carolina. He enlisted at age eighteen on 16 August 1861 at Littleton, and joined Company B, 30th North Carolina. That unit was organized at Camp Mangum on 7 October of that year, sent to Weldon first, then to Wilmington, and on to Richmond to join Anderson’s Brigade. He was in the fighting at Chickahominy, Chancellorsville, and took shrapnel in his right arm at Spotsylvania in May 1864. He returned to duty quickly and received a shoulder wound at Cedar Creek, the last major engagement in the Shenandoah Valley. Corporal Riggan was among General Lee’s Tarheels at Appomattox on April 12, 1865.

Corporal Riggan was active in postwar United Confederate Veterans reunions, and Wellman’s History of Warren County shows him in a group photo with twenty other North Carolina veterans at the 27 August 1903 dedication of the Warrenton Cemetery Confederate monument. “Uncle Charlie” danced well into his eighties, smoked cigars moderately, and the Warrenton United Daughters of the Confederacy held a grand reception in honor of his 100th birthday. He was presented with the Southern Cross of Honor on 30 May 1945 by the Pickett-Buchanan Chapter, UDC in Norfolk, Virginia. Corporal Riggan crossed the river to join his comrades in grey on 26 March 1947.

(Source: Charles Skinner Riggan, Prof. Jay S. Hoar, Confederate Veteran, Volume Two, 1997)

NC Patriots of ’61 – Corporal Charles Skinner Riggan

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