Photographic Images of Cedar Fork Rifles
Photographic Images of the Cedar Fork Rifles



Private William Thomas C. Barbee
(1837 1902, Mt. Pisgah Church, Chatham County, NC)
Enlisted in Wake County at age 24, May 28, 1861, for the war. Mustered in as Private. Wounded in the leg at Gaines' Mill, Virginia, June 27, 1862. Promoted to Corporal on August 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until paroled at Appamattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. He married first, Rebecca Trice and then Annie Barbee. He outlived them both and died in 1902 and is buried at Mt. Pisgah Church in Chatham County.

Private Quinton Isaac Hudson (left) (March 17, 1840 - January 28, 1916, Apex Town Cemetery) and his brother, Thomas H. Hudson (1835 - December 16, 1861, Virginia)
Both Hudson boys enlisted in Morrisville on May 28, 1861 in the Cedar Fork Rifles. Quinton became Corporal the same day. As many other soldiers did during the Civil War, they sat for the photographer to have their image struck. This image dates to their first months of army life. Thomas would die, December 16, 1861 of typhoid fever at Camp Fisher.
Quinton would also become stricken with disease but survived his illness but was reduced in rank on January 28, 1862. He served throughout the war and would even survive a stab wound from a fellow solider, to return home after Appamattox. Each time he would tell the story of his service in the war, his children remember, he would always break down and cry at the end.
He was one of the founding members of the Green Level Lodge No. 277 on April 8, 1867 and first land owners of the town where he is buried, Apex. In 1889, Quinton Hudson was one of the pallbearers for the coffin of Confederate President Jefferson Davis when it came to Raleigh.(Image courtesy of Gordon L. Hudson, Miami, Florida.)

Lt. Williamson Malcus Page
(1836 May 7, 1910, Page Family Cemetery, Morrisville, NC)
Malcus was 25 years old when he enlisted and accepted his commission in the Confederate Army as lieutenant on May 16, 1861. It was at his house in Morrisville where the grand send off gala was held on June 1, 1861. Once in service, he gained the appointment of Assistant Quartermaster, which held the rank of Captain, on October 7, 1862. Paige for ressons unknown resigned from this post on April 29, 1863. He returned to Morrisville and ran the Confederate commissary, where local citizens were required to pay their 10% crop taxes to the government.
After the war and Reconstruction was over, Page became the Register of Deeds for Wake County in 1883. He was quite popular in office and elected on the Democratic ticket, Sheriff for the county in 1890 and again in 1902. (Image courtesy of Mary Page Ferrel, Morrisville. She still lives in the original Page house where the company was organized in 1861.)

Duncan F. Parrish(left) (March 23, 1835-April 26, 1902) and his brother Parrish, Marcus Edward (right)
(1839 1913, High Point near Trinity, N.C.)
Both brothers enlisted in Wake County on May 28, 1861. Duncan was 23 and Marcus was a year older. Duncan had a short military career. He was discharged, November 28 1861, but the reason was never reported. He is buried at Mt. Pisgah Ch. Cemetery in Chatham County.
Marcus continued to serve in Company I. One instance from his life in the military comes from George T. Beavers, who was in the same company . Pvt. Beavers writes on October 26, 1862 in a letter home, "I an manass herndon & E. Parrish has built us a small bunk down side of a larg nack but sence I hav comenced writing the leves and dirt has becom wet and the fork split but as it hapend the fork ketched the crop pece a let it till I got a fork an placed it in the place of the other." Edward would go on to fight with the unit until he was captured at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. July 3, 1863 and confined to Fort Delaware, Del. until transferred to Point Lookout, Md., on October 18, 1863. He was paroled and exchanged at Boulware's Wharf , James River, Virginia, February 20-21, 1865. He was then reported to be with detachment of paroled and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee, near Richmond,, on February 27, 1865. Marcus had a son named Lonnie E. born around 1890.. The desendents of Marcus relate that the picture of the two Parrish boys in uniform hung in their gandfather Lonnie's house near Trinity, N.C. Image courtesy of Beverly Portillo, Hayward, California)

Luther D. Penley
This image is thought to be the same "L.D. Penley" from Watauga County who enlisted in Company I and was killed at Gettysburg.(Image from Mast's N.C. Troops and Volunteers.)

James W. Young
James enlisted when he was 22 in Wake County. The date was July 3, 1861. He was wounded at Second Manassas but healed up enough to fight at Gettysburg. Here he was wounded in the shoulder. James recovered and rejoined the unit until captured at Third Winchester, September 19, 1864. From here he was sent to Point Lookout and exchanged in February, 1865.

Harmon Sears (May 17, 1835 - January 12, 1912, Mt. Pisgah Ch. Cemetery)
Twenty-five year old, Harmon was working as a mechanic at the Moringsville stage stop in Chatham County when war came. He enlisted on May 28, 1861. He was mustered into the company as First Sergeant. At the Battle of First Manassas, he was wounded in the anus and the spine and later discharged due to his wounds, January 26, 1862.
He returned to Chatham and Luveniah H. Williams, of the prosperous Williams family, who owned and operated a large mill in eastern Chatham County. He became the post master for the Williams Mill area as it was known.
When the war ended, he was forced to apply for a special pardon due to his service as post master Harmon joined the George Washington Masonic Lodge No. 174, at Lassiter's Crossroads, with other veterans in 1867. Later he would join the lodge named after his old company commander. The Richard Watt York Lodge No. 281 was chartered in December of 1868. Image courtesy of Thomas Harmon Sears of McClanesville, North Carolina.

Rufus Barbee(1844 - 1925, Barbee Family Cemetery, Morrisville, NC)
Enlisted in Morrisville, Wake County at age 19, May 28, 1861, for the war with his brother, Mathew. Mustered in as Private. Wounded at Seven Pines, Virginia, May 31, 1862. Captured at South Mountain, Md., September 15, 1862, and confined at Fort Delaware, Delaware, until paroled and transferred to Aiken's Landing on November 10,1862. Promoted to Corporal on December 1, 1862, and promoted to Sergeant on January 1, 1863. Present or accounted for until captured at Strausburg, Virginia, September 22-23, 1864. Confined at Point Lookout, Maryland, until paroled and transferred to Boulware's Wharf, James River, March 17, 1865, for exchange. Captured in hospital in Richmond, Virginia, April 3, 1865, and transferred to Point Lookout on May 9, 1865. Rufus returned home and lived in Morrisville. Two years later, Rufus and several other members of his old unit formed a Masonic Lodge in near by community of Green Level in western Wake County. The Green Level Lodge No. 277 was formed when nine Master Masons met at a cotten gin on March 22. 1867. He died in 1925 and is buried in a family cemetery in Morrisville.

William Gaston Clements (December 1, 1840 - February 24, 1924, Family plot, Morrisville)
William Clements was born near Fletcher's Chapel in Wake County and was a farm hand before the war. He enlisted in Morrisville on May 28, 1861 at the age of 20 and promoted to Corporal the same day. He was wounded at Seven Pines, Va., May 31, 1862 and lost an arm at the Battle of South Mountain, Md. September 15, 1862. He was reduced to ranks due to this injury during November - December, 1862 and eventually retired to the invalid corps in 1864.
Returing to Morrisville, Clements became very involved in local churches and promoting local education. He became editor of "The Christian Sun", the organ for the Christian denomination and trustee of Elon College in North Carolina.

William Marion Lowe (b.1833 - d. June 1897)
William was born in Wake County where he resided as a doctor prior to enlisting in Wake County at age 21, May 28, 1861. Transferred to Company G, 7th N.C.S.T. on June 1, 1861. Buried Lowe's Grove Baptist Church cemetery after having been moved here in the 1920s. His Parents were Cannady and Penelope "Penny" Halliburton Lowe. The photo of him is take from a collection of Representatives in the NC House from 1891-1893. William married Miss Fannie Lyon on February 6, 1862. They didn't have any children and after his death she moved to Raleigh and she died c. 1912. She is same Fannie Lyon who gave an address at the return of the Cedar Fork Rifles company flag.

Leonidas King
Born in Wake County where he resided as a farmer prior to enlisting in Wake County at age 19, May 28, 1861. Mustered in as Private but appointed Musician and transferred to the regimental band on November 1, 1862. After being turned down for admission into the Masonic military lodge, Leonidas came home to the Cary area and applied to be admitted to a local lodge. Captain York and other Masons in the army filed an official protest stating he was not worthy of admission into the organization. Image courtesy of N.C. Department of Archives and Hisory.


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