Joseph N. Spence
Featured Character – 1864 Confederate
Courtesy of Bob Jones
Newton Spence was born in Pasquotank County in
1840 and became a young
farmer. At the age of 20, Spence enlisted in Captain William F.
Company F, 7th regiment North Carolina Volunteer Infantry. Though his
was fortunate to escape from the Union attack at Fort
August 1861, it was
captured at Roanoke Island
in February 1862,
and Spence was not exchanged until August of that year. He then took a
off, after which he joined Company A, 8th Regiment North
where he saw action at Drewry’s Bluff, the Bermuda Hundred, and Cold Harbor,
While attempting to recapture Fort
on September 30, 1864, Spence took a bullet in the ankle, becoming one
150 out of 175 men in the company to be killed, wounded, or captured.
hospitalized and survived the war, returning home to South Mills, where
resumed his life as a farmer. He was married and fathered 5 children.
died in South Mills, Camden County on
March 5, 1917.