Baptists and the American Civil War: August 23, 1865

North Carolina MapZirconia, North Carolina native Daniel W. Revis (1835-1914) was a farmer in Henderson County prior to the war. In 1862 he enlisted for a three year term of service with North Carolina’s 64th Regiment, Company B. His service took place largely in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, prior to his discharge in early 1865.

Now back home in Henderson County, today Revis is licensed to preach by the Mount Page Baptist Church, the first of several Baptist church he pastors henceforth.

The war, however, does not fully conclude for Revis for a few more days. On August 29, 1865 he signs the oath of allegiance to the United States, thus forsaking his former allegiance to the Confederate States of America.

Revis and his wife raise twelve children in the years to come, remaining a resident of Henderson County.

Source: “Finding Aid of the Daniel W. Revis Letters, 1862 – 1863, 1865,” State Archives of North Carolina (link)