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SUBMITTED BY:  Sandra Haywood Nivens (researched and written by Cheri Todd Molter)

My great-great-grandfather was Josiah Haywood. We didn’t know much about him until a few years ago. Josiah and his two brothers, John Franklin Haywood and James Madison Haywood, all served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. On March 15, 1862, James and John enlisted together at Union County, North Carolina, and they served in Company C of the 10th Battalion Heavy Artillery (North Carolina); both men had been farmers, and James was thirty-one years old at the time.

On June 6, 1864, James was detailed in the Ordnance Department at Smithville, North Carolina. At Town Creek, North Carolina, James was taken prisoner. He was confined a couple of days later at Point Lookout, Maryland. There, he took the Oath of Allegiance on May 13, 1865 and was released afterward.

On April 5, 1863, John Franklin Haywood was discharged due to disability from the 10th Battalion Heavy Artillery at Wilmington, North Carolina.

After John was wounded and sent home, Josiah enlisted. On March 9, 1863, Josiah joined Company C, 10th Heavy Artillery, just like his brothers had before him. He was listed on the rolls through Oct. 31, 1864, and he served under Gen. Robert F. Hoke. According to family oral tradition, Josiah was lost around Bentonville.

Source for the above information: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, (1993)

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