Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Civil War Pension File of Isaac Carter, Document #16

The following document is an affidavit sworn by Sharper Williams of Company G, USCT 14th Heavy Artillery. I knew that our Isaac Carter had transferred from Company B to Company G; but, I began to wonder when this transpired.

A careful examination of his service record revealed something interesting.

May 2007:
Isaac Carter's Great Grandson at Fort Macon
  • March 12, 1864: Isaac enlisted in 1st North Carolina Heavy Artillery, later known as USCT 14th Heavy Artillery. Rank: Sergeant, Company B.
  • He was present at company muster roll through June 1865: Sergeant.
  • July & August 1865 Company B muster roll reveals he had been demoted to Private. Remarks: Transferred to Company G Res S.O. No. 78....
  • In the next page, also for July & August 1865, he appears in company muster roll for Company G as a Private with the following remarks: Free April 19, 1861. Transferred from Company "B", August 28, 1865 By S.O. No. 78 Hd Qrts 14 U.S. Promoted to Corpl (Sept. 1, 1865 By S.O. No. 82). [two lines down]: Roll Mutilated. 
  • September & October 1865: Rank: Sergeant, Company G. Remarks: Promoted Sergt Sept. 20, 1865.
Now that I'm aware of when the transfer occurred, I can more carefully recreate Co. B & G for the time periods when Isaac served in both. (See Brainstorming for Backstory and USCT 14th Heavy Artillery A-Z for further info on this sub-project.) 

Transcription: Sharper Williams' Affidavit on behalf of Isaac Carter
North Carolina}
Craven County}
No. 612812 of Isaac Carter Co. G. 14 U.S.C.H.A.
On this 3rd day of June A.D. 1890  Personally
appeared before me a clerk of the
Superior Court a Court of record in
and for the County & State aforesaid
Sharper Williams aged 65 yrs well 
known to be reputable and en-
titled to credit & who being duly
sworn according to Law declares:
I enlisted Pvt. Co_ G. 14 USCHArty Feb
1865 and became acquainted
with Isaac Carter Sgt of my Co at
the same time. When I first
became acquainted with him
he was very sick with diarrhea
& piles also with Chronic Rheumatism
at Carolina City N.C. on about
Feb 1865 he was in the hospital
and was healed by the Surgeon,
And he was also taken with
a heavy cold which resulted in
the asthma and he continued
to complain and have a 
severe cough and was at a 
severe strain all the remainder
of the service with the diarrhea 
and piles and complained
being afflicted with rheumatism
in the feet and Legs, which
swell up & to such extent that
at times he cannot walk.
And he was in this condition all 
the rest of the service. Since the
war I have at times seen 
him at times very week (sic)
two or three times a month
And so for as i know he is
down for two or three times
a year for a month or more
at at (sic) a time with rheumatism so
he can't walk and from straining
diarrhea & piles pains in throat
& heart. He has continued to
suffer in such condition ever since
the war. I have no interest in
the claim.  My P.O. address is
New Bern N.C.
witness              )                      his
E.W. Carpenter )      Sharper    X   Williams
AM Baker         )                    mark

                                          Sworn & subscribed
to before me this 3rd day of June 1890
& I certify that the foregoing was read
to affiant as he stated before making
his mart to same & that he is the
identical person he claims to be & is cred-
ible & worthy of belief also that I have no
interest in this claim.


  1. The words "Free" meaning he was free before the war or "Free" Always? Is it my understanding that he was a Free Person of Color?

    Excellent details, and I love the photo.

    1. [The following reply is a correction of the original.]
      Isaac Carter, the son of Isaac and Rhoda (Braddock) Carter, was born free to free parents of color. He was apprenticed first William Temple at his grandfather's request, Kelsor Braddock stating that both parents were dead, that he was in poor health, and he and his wife were unable to care for the children, especially the youngest who "has fits".

      Isaac's father had also been apprenticed when his mother died and his father petitioned the court, stating that he was unable to work and care for his children. They were apprenticed to William Physioc and later removed to the home of their uncle, Isaac Perkins.