1st Lieutenant Wiley Wriston Cloninger
Born: Aug 10, 1837 Lincoln, NC
Died: Dec 15, 1862 Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, VA

1st Lieutenant Wiley Wriston Cloninger, born August 10, 1837 and died December 14, 1862 from being run through with a bayonet at the battle of Fredericksburg, VA. He was at Wayside Hospital or General Hospital No. 9 and transferred to Hanover Grove. Wiley was promoted to 1st Sergeant and later on February 27, 1862 to 1st Lieutenant.

Wiley died single and along with farming was a school teacher. He is buried at Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery in Stanley, Gaston County, NC

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Camp 28th, NC Regt.
July 19, 1862

Dear father mother grandmother and sisters I one time more have the pleasure of dropping you a few lines to let you know that I am in the land of the living I am in tolable health at present. Though my health has bin bad since the fight, but I was only confined to bed about 4 days. Lt. Rhyne was sick at the same time the Dr. said we had a touch of the fever though we are both able again. I would have been at home I think about this time I think if I had not bin sick at the time I was. I was selected from our Regt to go to Statesville after the conscripts due our Regt but I was not able to go Therefore there was another officer sent in my place. I am afraid I am a little unlucky. The health of our co is not very good. Though none of them dangerous. I got a letter a few minutes ago which was a great satisfaction to me as I am always glad to get a letter from home. John Friday son of David Friday died about 10 days ago with fever. Wilson Love wounded in the battle died in Richmond a few days ago. Our com will feel his loss as he was one of the leading men of our co. Andrew Beaty, and Joseph Ratchford and Bell from Crowders Creek have all three got their arms cut off as they were wounded in the battle. So we lose 5 men from our co. Johana Stroupe is dead. Daniel Cloninger left here the other day for him I sent 270 dollars with him which you may lend out if you can. We are now ready to march We have sent all our things ahead. We will march to Richmond this evening. We will have to go to the mountains.

I suppose to join Jackson A. P. Hill's Division goes which consists of 6 or 7 Brigades. I fear when we get under Jackson we will get hard times. We will leave some 28th. If Arm co behind sick and wounded. As for my part I will try and stay with my co as long as I am able. Nearly all the officers in the 37th M Regt have resigned. John Moore and robt McGinnas are both well as I saw both a little while ago. I will close as I have nothing much to write. Write as often as convenient. I remain as ever your most affectionate son. W. W. Cloninger NB Adress Liut Cloninger Gordonsville Oringe, P. O. Va 28 A M Troops Company B

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This is an abstract of a letter from Wiley W. Cloninger to his family. The letter is very faded, and I hope I have all the letters correct.
Submitted by:
Nard Brown Cloninger
106 cope Circle
Greenville, SC 29609

 

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