Lawrence Pierce’s Service During the Civil War

A page from Lawrence Pierce's (b. 1824) Enlistment Record

Lawrence Pierce (grandfather 0f Cottie Pierce Peele), born about 1824 in North Carolina, enlisted in the Union Army — in the U.S. Colored Troops — on August 1, 1864, at the age of 39.

He was assigned to the 14th United States Colored Heavy Artillery with the rank of Private.  Most of the 14th’s service was in garrison duty at New Berne, NC. According to veteran pension records from the 1880’s, Lawrence Pierce survived his enlistment without notable physical injury.

Lawrence’s enlistment and muster roll document (one page is shown at left), indicate that he was 5’9″, with black eyes, a light complexion, and light hair.

Apparently, he was to be paid $300 for his enlistment.  It’s interesting to wonder if that was his primary reason for enlisting.  He was nearly 40 years old,  had almost certainly been born free,  and had a wife and very young son (Lawrence Pierce, Jr., Cottie Pierce’s father) at home.  The war would be over about 8 months after his enlistment, and Lawrence may not have gotten more than 50 miles from home, but I am impressed with his choice, and proud to be  one of his many descendants.


2 thoughts on “Lawrence Pierce’s Service During the Civil War

  1. I posted minutes ago about the James family in Hertford County. There are Pierces in Hertford County’s Winton Triangle and around Northampton County’s town of Woodland. Many men from our region were in the 14th Heavy Artillery Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops. I have looked at and scanned the pension records of over ten of our soldiers. These records tell much about their service and their community, so much so that I lecture about them.

  2. I am also a James descendant who grew up in Hertford County. Among the Hertford County group are one store owner, a funeral home director, a minister, grist mill owner and bail bondsman, farmers, carpenters (one built my family home and other property) and soldiers, all living in the area. I’d love to be in contact with you.

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