Caswell County Genealogy

Walters, Thomas Coleman

Male 1845 - 1864  (19 years)

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  • Name Walters, Thomas Coleman  [1
    Born 11 Aug 1845  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Civil War (Company C, 3rd North Carolina Calvary, Confederate States of America) 
    Reference Number 12848 
    _MILT Civil War Soldier (Confederate States of America) 
    Died 10 Dec 1864  [1
    Buried Walters Family Cemetery, Culver Road, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12598  Caswell County
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2023 

    Father Walters, Joel Brown,   b. 26 Mar 1816,   d. 14 Feb 1893  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Coleman, Katherine Ruth,   b. 8 Apr 1817,   d. 15 Aug 1901  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 7 Dec 1838  Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 79134 
    • Marriage date also seen as 7 December 1838. See: Coleman Family Genealogy.

      Groom Name: Joel B. Walters
      Bride Name: Catharine R. Coleman
      Marriage Date: 7 Dec 1838
      County: Pittsylvania
      State: Virginia
    Family ID F3548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Coleman Walters (1845-1864)



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      Killed in the Civil War at Sussex Courthouse, Virginia, 10 December 1864. When Thomas Coleman Walters was killed John Green Lea made sure that the body was transported back to Caswell County for burial at "North Bend." Lea also gave Thomas's sword to his mother, Katherine Coleman Walters. The Walters family is in possession of a letter written for John Green Lea by his second wife Mildred in which he describes how Thomas Coleman Walters was killed. Apparently, Thomas Coleman Walters was on a horse just in front of Lea at the time. The letter was writen to Charles Stephen Walters, brother of Thomas Coleman Walters. John Green Lea was an honorary pall bearer at the funeral of John Ferdinand Walters, as was Sandy Banks Moore.


      Thomas C. Walters Gravestone.

      Following is the transcript of a letter written by John Green Lea to Charles Stephen Walters describing the death of Thomas Coleman Walters:

      March 18, 1932

      Dear Charlie,
      Your brother Thomas was in my Co. which was Co. C-3-NC-Cal. He vol in the early Spring of 1864 at the age of 18 was in service about 2 months and was killed in the first battle he was in. The place was near Belfield NC He was just in front of me when he was shot through the chest then struck on the head with a gun. I saw him fall from his horse. I went to him as soon as I could. Took his body to a nearby farmhouse had him buried then notified your father. Thomas was an all around fine fellow. Loved by his comrades and a brave soldier. The officers were Capt John Hatchett and Lieut Steve Rice (both dead).

      With kindest regards I am sincerely John G Lea

      PS Mr Lea is very feeble so I am writing for him. His Bro Sid died suddenly Wed-was buried yesterday. Mildred.

      The writing inserted in darker ink was evidently inserted by CS Walters. It reads Col Barringer (He was referring to Rufus Barringer who was actually a Brigadier General) He was with Yanceyville Grays (The 3rd NC cavalry Co. C was actually known as the Caswell Rangers) and his remains were later interred in the Walters cemetery near Blanch, NC.

      Notes: According to the official records Thomas joined the 3rd NC cavalry July 14, 1863 much earlier than indicated by Mr. Lea. The town of Belfield is actually in Va., though very close to the NC line. At some point Mr. Lea gave Thomas's sword to his mother (Katherine Walters). The sword is presently owned by a Walters family member. Mr. Lea and his wife Mildred are buried in Mt. View cemetery in Danville, VA. Although she speaks of him as being very feeble, he outlived her.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Gravestone in the Walters Family Cemetery (Culver Road, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina).