Friday, February 16, 2007

I wonder whatever happened to....

Back in 1998 or 1999, I was combing through the Compiled Service Records for the 37th North Carolina Troops in preparation for writing that book. I came across this entry for Samuel S. Ferguson, first (or orderly) sergeant for Company F: "In arrest for murder charges, January - February 1865."

Ferguson was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina, ca.1841. He was a farmer prior to enlisting in the "Western Carolina Stars" on September 24, 1861. He was mustered in as a private. The "Stars" became Company F, 37th North Carolina Troops on November 20, 1861. Ferguson was promoted to corporal on December 1, 1862, and to sergeant in March-August 1863, and finally to first sergeant on May 1, 1864. He was present or accounted for until January-February 1865 when he was arrested. Ferguson surrendered with the rest of his comrades on April 9, 1865.

I was never able to find out who Ferguson was charged with killing, nor what happened to him after the war. Was he released from arrest, or was he tagging along with the regiment as they made their way to Appomattox? I was also unable to find out what happened to Ferguson after the war. He seems to have... disappeared. Maybe there was something to those charges that forced him to flee from the area.

The compiled service records are full of those kinds of little mysteries.

1 comment:

Jeff Erzin said...

Samuel Ferguson ended up with his family in Nevada County Ca. He died in 1900 and was buried in the Sierra Mountains Cemetery, Truckee Ca. He had a border,Jordan Livingston, also from Wilkes County and a member of the 11th North Carolina Inf. Jordon left NC after the murder of his wife by her brother.Not sure if Jordan took care of Ferguson's family after he died.