Born in Rowan County in 1824, Andrew Bostian farmed until his conscription to Company K, 5th NCST on August 8, 1862 in Statesville. He would see a fair amount of action with the 5th and would be wounded in the hand at Brandy Station, Virginia. He was captured at Spotsylvania Courthouse during battle on May 20, 1864. He was sent to Point Lookout, MD and then transferred to Elmira NY July 3, 1864. In the horrible conditions of Elmira, he became ill and died September 16, 1864 leaving orphaned daughters.