PVT. PATRICK WORLEY
NC TROOPS, CSA
From the book NC Troops in the Civil War 1861-1865, Vol. 3, Page 55:
“Patrick B. Worley, Private, resided in Duplin County where he enlisted on Jan. 20, 1862 for the war. Wounded at Gettysburg, PA, July 2, 1863 and returned to duty on Oct. 15, 1863. Captured near Spotsylvania Court House, VA, May 12, 1864 and confined at Point Lookout, MD, until transferred to Elmira, NY on Aug. 10, 1864. Paroled at Elmira on Feb. 13, 1865 and sent to Point Lookout for exchange at Boulwares Wharf, James River, VA, Feb. 20-21, 1865. Reported as present on a roll of a detachment of paroled and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee near Richmond, VA on Feb. 23, 1865. Member Co. B & C, 3rd Reg., NC Troops.”
Also, found in a tin box of miscellaneous papers passed down to Patrick’s grandson, George Thomas Whitfield, Jr. was a ragged looking envelope with a letter inside written which is copied below. The note was written on yellow tablet paper in a legible but shaky hand. It is not signed but must have been written by Patrick Worley who would have been 73 at the time. Some punctuation has been added but the spelling is exactly as he wrote it.
“I was in the war. I was in the Ten days fit around richmon. I was in the fight at getisburg and Sharpsburg and fedricksburg and manaces. Was wounded at getisburg and Severl outers [several others]. You can ast John Southerland, Needham Bryant.”
Mr. Whitfield assumed that this was written in order for Patrick to prove his service. The envelope is address to “Mr. P B Worley, Kinston RFD North Carolina”, is postmarked at 1:30 PM in Goldsboro, NC on August, 1915 with a return address of “House of Representatives US Public Document Free”.
Mr. Whitfield was also told by his mother, Ressie Worley Whitfield (Patrick’s daughter), that at one point Patrick wanted to come home so badly that he took some “corruption” out of one wound & put it in another. He was sent home and almost died. After recuperating, he went back to the war.
Compiled by Thomas Whitfield & daughter Lisa Whitfield