William B. Liverman

(Tyrrell County)

Featured Character – A Soldier's Life

Union Recruiting Poster

Courtesy of Henry Toole Clark Papers, North Carolina State Archives

William B. Liverman, a Tyrrell County native, died a prisoner of war in Richmond, Va. on March 24, 1864.  A shoemaker by trade, he married Jennetta Jones daughter of Thomas Jones who was also a shoemaker and likely taught William the trade.  William and Jennetta settled in Craven County just prior the outbreak of the Civil War.  As the war progressed, William joined the North Carolina men who fought for the Union.  He was in Company F, 2nd North Carolina Union Volunteers.  His company was part of the defenses of New Bern and was stationed at Beech Grove in February 1864 when Confederate forces attacked and captured that outpost.  William escaped the fate of twenty-two of his comrades who were hanged at Kinston by order of Confederate General George E. Pickett for desertion from the Confederate army – William had never joined or been conscripted to the Confederate army.  Whether sick before he was sent to Richmond or whether he became sick in Richmond, his death from diarrhea came within two months of his capture.  His youngest son William Alford Liverman was born three months after his death.