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Corporal R. T. Daughety

R. T. Daughety or Richard Thomas Daughety was my double great, great, great uncle His sister Mary Ann Daughety married William T Heath and his brother George W Daughety married Elizabeth Heath. These couples are my great, great, great parents.

R.T. was born to Jacob Daughety and Harriet Charlton Daughety November 22, 1826 in Craven County, North Carolina.

R.T. married Harriet Eliza Heath, a daughter of Jesse J. Heath and Frances Watson. Their children were: Julia Frances, 1854; Sarah Ann, 1849; Alonza Franklin, 1855; Charles Henry, 1863; Effie Adeline, 1857; Mary Elizabeth, 1868; William Thomas, 1865; Smithey Larinia, 1869; Levy Jake, 1872 and Harvey F., 1860. Therefore R.T. and Harriet had seven children at home during the war years.

I would like to tell R.T’s story using some of his letters to my ancestor, William T Heath.
The first letter is before the war, but it is an introduction to R.T.
LETTER 1:R.T. Daughety to Wm. T. Heath

May the 13, 1860

Dear Brother
I seat my self to inclose you a few lines hoping they will find you and family in better health than when I heard from they yesterday. I was glad to see Abram and I should ben glad to seen you and Jo. We had a rite smart drunkiness and profanity and one fight but I got dun roling logs by two or
three oclock. Nasty work we had to my work My self and family is in common health.  I have sent one club of subscribers and had return and has sent another. I look for them ever day and is making up a third one if you want to send for your horseler and Olive her Bible. They are one dollar each. Send me two dollars and thirty cents and I will have them brought on. I shall go to Kinston a Friday next to see that negro hung and Saturday and Sunday next is our quartlameeting in which I want to send of a gain. I got a five dollar gold pencit.

Yours truly until death R.T. Daughety


In the future it will be ironic that R.T. attended a hanging in Kinston.

In the “North Carolina Troops: 1861-1865 there is this information from Co. K, 2nd Regiment N.C. State troops.

Resided in Lenoir County and enlisted in North-
ampton County at age 35, July 16, 1861, for the
War. Discharged in January, 1862, upon providing
William West as his substitute.

LETTER 2: R.T. wrote this letter to Willam T. Heath

Mr. William T. Heath
Dear Brother
I seat myself to inclose you a few lines to let you no that we are all in Common health at presant. Also hoping these may find you in the same blesing. I received yours and sisters of the first of July which found me all rite.

We have done ever thing we could to get out compainny up a gain for 12 months but to no use. We then tried to get it up for duran the war and could not get but six to take the oath. I cant see for the life why it is that our friends wont go to relieve those ho cant help them selves. I am a going to start for gayersburg a bout Sunday or Monday and return at the end of the war if I am not killed. I am a going to Capt Lewises compainny in The 2d Redgment the Capt. Pool Capt. Lewis Capt Sawyer ant the Boaguards(?) is all in that redgment. My Grant Father fout in the revolution to gain our
freedom. I shall fite through to pertect it or die. Victory or death is my aim. Those who wants to see me will come rite on. I expect a furlow to day or a recruting officer.

Yours truly until death R.T. Daugherty July 10, 1861

I leave Kinston to day to Virginia this July 14, 1861. R.T. Daugherty

The 2nd Regiment Co. K was known as the “Elm City Rifles” and the “Elm City Cadets” it was organized in Craven County in June 3, 1861. It was located at Camp Advance near Garysburg, Northampton County when R.T. wrote this letter. R.T.’s substitute, Private William West of Lenoir County age 23 was wounded at Malvern Hill, Virginia, July 1, 1862 and died in hospitial at Richmond, Virginia, July 5, 1862.

The next enlistment for R.T. from the “North Carolina Troops: 1861-1865” is in the 1st Co. I, 10th Regiment N.C.S.T. (1st Regiment N.C. Artillery)

DAUGHETY, R.T., Private
Enlisted in Craven County January 1, 1863 for
the war. Transferred to Company A, 1st
Battalion N.C. Local Defense Troops (Whit-
ford’s Battalion N.C. Partisan Rangers) April 16, 1863.

The company remained at Swift Creek, below Kinston as a heavy artillery company serving as infantry until it was divided into two companies on April 16, 1863, and became the nucleus of a battalion later officially designated 1st Battalion N.C. Local Defense Troops, but often referred to as Whitford’s Battalion Partisan Rangers. Although this battalion served with Confederate Troops, it remained in state service. On May 9, 1863 it was reported that Major Whitford’s Battalion was at Swift Creek Village with, “Scouts in every direction below Swift Creek”. The companies of the battalion served mainly on outpost duty to observe the Federal movements from New Bern.

The next record from the “North Carolina Troops: 1861-1865 is from Co. A, 1st Battalion N.C. Local Defense Troops.

DAUGHETY, R.T., Corporal
Transferred from 1st Company I, 10th Regiment
N.C. State Troops (1st Regiment N.C. Artillery)
April 16, 1963 as Private. Appointed Corporal
Prior to December, 1863. Present or accounted for
until transferred to Company A, 67th Regiment
N.C. Troops on January 18, 1864.

Jeremiah Heath, father-in –law to several of R.T.’s family members was a much-respected man in his seventy year of age. He was the pastor and founder of the Core Creek FWB Church, a delegate to the FWB conference, land surveyor and a member of the school committee. How much he influenced what the men in his family did we may never know. We do know the Union forces were forcing secessionists out of New Bern if they did not take the oath as noted in “Letters to the Home Circle” Letter 39 May 6, 1863 and Union forces had outposts as far as Core Creek. But Jeremiah told the Oath of Allegiance at New Bern, NC on October 14, 1863. His sons William T and Jesse Heath and son-in-laws George W and Hardy Daughety were enlisted in the 1st Battalion NCLD Troops, Co H, July 12, 1863, but it was recorded in the muster roll this remark for all of them: “ Captured by the enemy on the night of 5 August, having been ordered to report on the 6th”. From William T Heath’s military record is this remark for September 2, 1863 for the 67th Regiment Co. H, “absent without leave. He claims to belong to Maj. Whitford’s Battalion”. Jeremiah Heath’s son-in-law Furney Avery died at Point Lookout October, 1863.

R.T.’s brother, William Hardy Daughety enlisted in the 2nd Regiment North Carolina Vols., Co F on November 24, 1863 at the age of 40. Captured at Beech Grove, NC on Feb. 1, 1864 and hung at Kinston on Feb 15, 1864. On this day thirteen men were hung. William had enlisted in the 8th Battalion NC Partisan Rangers Co. A on July 16, 1862 as a substitute for Joel Heath and transferred to Co. C, October 1862. He is listed as being transferred to Co. D 66th Regiment NC Troops October 2, 1863 and was in the same regiment as Thomas Avery, his brother-in-law. As is reported later in this article Thomas Avery was captured in Craven County, NC on September 4, 1863.

The N.C. 67th Regiment was organized in state service by the change of designation of the1st Infantry Battalion LDT. on January 18, 1864. Surrendered by General Joseph E. Johnson at Durham Station, Orange County, North Carolina, on April 26, 1865. The 67th was involved in the Carolinas Campaign (February-April 1865). From “Compendium of the Confederate Armies: North Carolina”.
During the time R.T. is in the 67th Regiment, he wrote this letter.

LETTER 3:This letter is to R.T.’s sisters, Susan and Harriet

ov. the 16, 1864

My Dear Sisters
I now seat my self to drop you a few lines to let you no how I am this leaves me well and family hoping this may find you all injoying the same blesings. I am at home at this time and should like to see you all very much. I has bin the rounds sence I saw you last. I has bin to Washington:Plymoth: Jameston: Williamston: Fort Branch: Hamilton: and to Greensvill: We are in camp near the latter and will remain for severil days. I should be more than glad to see you all but I no not when. I was out of the fife at Plymoth and was not sorry of it. I has never Kill no one yet. I no and I
do not want to if I can help it.

I understand that Thomas Avory (Avery) is in richmond. I proud to hear of it and would be glad to see him. I do not no why Susan did not go or let Harriet go. Hariet would of gone if enni woman could and got him. If he stayes there he will surly dy. Susan fetch me your money and rations and I
no the way and how to manage to get him and I will do the thing that is rite about it and wont charge one cent for it more than it cost and I understand you have of the old issue yet. You had better get shed of it as soon as you can for in 15 days more I would not give you 5 cents for a Dollar and you had better get something than nothing. I has sent you word about it before
ann send me the bushel of peas and I will try to get you a bushel of meal in the place of it. If you get eny 10 lether to spare send me some and I will pay you some way for it as the wether is cold and my family is neat barefooted. I has got to do the best I can for them. I shall leave home
again in the morning and I no not when I shall return again. Give my love to all inquiring frienda if enny tell old Dad Jerry howddy for me. R. Heath and his wife and family howdy. Old man C. Williams and family tell them All I would like verry much to see them all and old man Tim and his folks.
I wish I could see them all but I am feard to come if I had the chance so Good by.

R.T. Daughety

This letter is to R.T.’s sisters, Susan and Harriet. Harriet was the widow of William Moore of Lenoir County. William enlisted in the 5th Regiment, Co. D at the age of 26. August 26, 1861 and was killed at Williamsburg, Virginia, May 5, 1862. Harriet was about 21 years old when this letter was written. Susan married Thomas Avery, March 8, 1858. Thomas Avery was not a lucky fellow, he was in the 8th Battalion NC Partisan Rangers, Co C when he was captured December 14, 1862 and paroled at New Bern, NC, December 23, 1862. And was present or accounted for until captured in Craven County, September 4, 1863 and confined at Point Lookout, MD. His brother, Furney Avery, 4th Regiment Co. E , who was married to Holland Heath, R.T’s sister-in-law, died at Point Lookout, October, 1863. In 1870 census, Susan was married to Haywood Daughety so I don’t believe Thomas survived. Later the Avery’s brother, Wiley named sons; Thomas and Furney (1870 Craven County census).

The home guard may not get the glory of the regiments that served outside of the state. But from Clark’s Regiment histories; Volume IV pg. 17, “Poplar Point, Dec. 24, …”infantry having been reinforced by Colonel Whitford’s Sixth-Seventh Regiment, the enemy retited, shelling heavily the woods as they withdrew”. Volume V, captured the schooler “Seabird” , captured in Neuse River, the steamer “Mystic” April 5, 1865, side-wheel steamer “Minquas” and two barges on April 7, 1865, by small detachments of the Sixty-Seventh.

From the “Carolina and the Southern Cross”, “North Carolina at Home- the Sixth-Seventh Regiment”, by Henry C. Whitehurst.
“It was the influence and effects of Company I of the 10th Artillery on duty as scouts, that brought about the formation of this regiment and made its organization possible. It was their character and determination that procured for the Confederacy the services of nearly 1000 young men. Many of whom would probably not have left their homes, but for the influence exerted by Company I.”

From the same article, there is a story of the 67th Regiment at the Battle of Wyse Fork. The regiment was attached to Hoke’s Division. The seasoned veterans did not have a high opinion of the 67th as this was it’s first general engagement. But during this battle, as the 67th was advancing the enemy rose from the bushes fifteen or twenty yards in front, opening fire on the 67th with musketry and artillery along the line. There was a moment of wild confusion and conflicting orders from the officers. Then the cry “Rally Rally was heard near the colors. “ The word went down the line right and left and soon the whole regiment was dressed upon its advancing flag as perfectly as when drilling in camp.” The whole division advanced routing and capturing the enemy’s brigade, arms and artillery. Afterwards, Colonel Nethercutt threw his hat and exclaimed, “By Heaven, they fight like devils”.

After the Battle of Wyse Fork, Hoke’s Division remained in the vicinity of Kinston two or three days longer and joined Bragg at Goldsboro. The Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth were ordered from Goldsboro to a bridge over Neuse River a short distance east of Bentonville. They skirmished at the bridge and set the bridge on fire and preventing the enemy from crossing to the north side of the river during the battle of Bentonville. They joined Johnston’s army at Smithfield a day or two after the battle of Bentonville. Afterward the Sixth-seventh proceed to Greenville and camped at the north end of the Greenville bridge. During the first weeks of April, 1865 members of the Sixty-seventh destroyed boats on the Neuse River and railroads and about this time veterans of Lee’s Army arrived in camp with the news of Appomattox. The Sixty-seventh was disbanded and since many of the officiers and men were from eastern counties they when directly home.

I have several bits of information on R.T. after the war, from “The Kinston Journal” Thursday August 14, 1879, “R.T. Daughety, a first rate farmer in Sand Hill township, was in town on Tuesday and bought some water melons. A farmer buying water melons He says his father is over 70 years old and never saw a wheat thresher till last week: and his mother, about the same age, never saw a sewing machine until a few days ago.”

“The Kinston Journal”, Thursday December 30, 1880, “DIED Daughety-In Sand Hill Township. Lenoir County, on Friday Dec 17th, Mr. Jacob Daughety, aged 80 years. Deceased has been a member of the Free Will Baptist Church for 45 years.”

Lenoir County deed book 3, page 175, R.T. Daughety and wife Harriet to the trustees of British Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in consideration for one dollar one and one quarter acres, February 4th, 1882.

R.T. Daughtey died October 9, 1900 and in “The Kinston Free Press” Wednesday morning, October 17, 1900 is this, “St. John’s lodge No 96, A.F. & A.M., will conduct Masonic burial rites at the grave of Mr. R.T. Daughety at Bethany church, Sand Hill township, next Sunday about noon. Mr. Daughety was a faithful member of this order. The members of the sister lodgers are invited to be present”

On R.T.’s tombstone are these words, “Friends and physicians cannot save this body from the grave”. Harriet died April 27, 1913. They both lay at rest in the British Chapel Free Will Baptist Church cemetery.

Lonnie Heath’s research Heath and Daughety Families
From Lonnie Heath also, East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library
Heath Family Papers, Collection No. 276, R.T. Daughety’s Letters

“Carolina And The Southern Cross”

“Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-‘65” edited by Walter Clark

“Compendium of the Confederate Armies – North Carolina” Stewart Sifakis

“North Carolina Troops: 1861-1865”

Lenoir County Real Esate Deed Book 3, Page 175

“The Kinston Free Press”
“The Kinston Journal”
Heritage Place, Lenoir Community College

“The Kinston Journal” abstracted by Russell King

Federal Census: Craven and Lenoir Counties
1850, 1860, 1870

“Letters to the Home Circle” Harry A. Clapp