Colored Confederates — mostly cooks.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

5 Cav. N.C. William Lynch, cook, Co. E., 63 Reg’t North Carolina Troops (Cavalry). Appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above, for March and April 1864.  Enlisted 12 Jan 1863 at Kinston, by Capt. Harris for duration of war. Remarks: “Enlisted as cook — free negro — has no horse”

3 N.C. Jackson Evans, Pvt., Co. F, 3 Reg’t North Carolina Inf. (State Troops). Appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above for November and December 1862.  Enlisted 15 July 1862 at Wayne as a conscript for duration of war.  Remarks: “This man was substituted for one J.W. Cox of Wayne Cty N.C. & proves to be a free negro”

5 Cav. N.C. William Rudd, cook, Co. E., 63 Reg’t North Carolina Troops (Cavalry). Appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above, for March and April 1864.  Enlisted 4 December 1862 at Hamilton by Capt. Harris for duration of war. Remarks: “Enlisted as cook — free negro — has no horse”

In the 1860 census of Western District, Halifax County: James Rudd, 55, farmer; wife Rebecca, 50, midwife; with Margaret Rudd, 26; Frances, 15, William, 14, and Ann M. Richardson, 9; and William Rudd, 23, carpenter, all mulatto.

3 Art.y N.C. Aurthur Reid, Pvt, Co. D., 40 Reg’t North Carolina Troops (Artillery). Appears on Company Muster Roll of the organization named above for July and August 1864.  Enlisted 16 June 1864 at Edgecombe by Capt. Lane for duration of war. Remarks: “Free Negro Cook for company since time of enlistment”

In the 1850 census of Edgecombe County: Arther Reid, 46, farmer; wife Pheby, 45; and children Brily, 22, Lucinda, 21, Louisa, 18, Sandy, 14, Jane, 10, Susan, 7, Arther, 5, and Ducan Reid, 2 months.