Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NC Patriots of ’61: Private J.T. Prickett, Granville Stars

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J.T. Prickett enlisted as private in the “Granville Stars” at age 21, on 17 June 1861. He and his local compatriots mustered in at Oak Hill for 12 months, and additional recruits were sworn in at Garysburg in Northampton County. The Granville Stars initially became part of the 13th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, and later Company I, 23rd North Carolina Troops. Private Prickett’s unit was sent by rail to Manassas for the July 21 battle in Virginia, but was not engaged due to train delays. Placed under Colonel Jubal Early’s command, they were brigaded with the 5th and 21st Regiments, North Carolina Troops and the 24th Virginia.

Camp illness struck down many of the soldiers in these units and kept them idle. Private Prickett and his 13th was moved to Fairfax Station in early August – then to Union Mills in September for picket duty. It was here in mid-November that the unit designation was officially changed to the 23rd Regiment, North Carolina Troops.

Private J.T. Prickett died on 14 December 1861, exact cause of death was not reported but probably as a result of the many camp diseases – he was one of over 20,600 North Carolinians who would perish from disease during this war for independence.

(Source: Confederate Images, C.E. Avery, Confederate Veteran Magazine, July/August 2003, page 14)

NC Patriots of ’61: Private J.T. Prickett, Granville Stars

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